PA Premie Network (PAPN)

PA Premie Network (PAPN)
Funded by: Private Foundations

The Pennsylvania Premie Network (formally know as the Pennsylvania Premature Infant Health Network) exists to direct a spotlight on the unique issues premature infants and their families face including continuity of care, access to care and available resources. Specifically, the PA Premie Network will do this through raising awareness, delivering education and promoting collaboration among stakeholders throughout Pennsylvania.

The network is under the leadership of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PAAAP). PA AAP is committed to the health and well being of premature infants. The PA Premie Network Executive Committee is led by Dr. Albert Pizzica, DO, FAAP (Philadelphia), Robert Cicco, MD, FAAP (Pittsburgh) and Kim Costello, DO, FAAP (Harrisburg). The Advisory Committee is comprised of: Colleen Cook-Moine, MD (Lancaster), Susan Brackbill, RN (Harrisburg), Julie Hladio (Pittsburgh), Lillian Rountree Lippencott (Pittsburgh), James A. Cook, MD (Danville), Jen Fiddner, MPH (Pittsburgh), Kathie Wagner (Camp Hill), Casey Hoffman, PhD (Philadelphia), Lily Higgins, MD (Philadelphia), Susan Adeniyi-Jones, MD (Philadelphia), Charrell Bird, MD (Harrisburg), Mike Balsan, MD ( Erie), J. J. La Bella, MD (Pittsburgh).

Through a multi-disciplinary network, the PA Premie Network is identifying a number of specific projects that can help to achieve its mission of directing a spotlight on the unique issues facing preterm babies and their families and finding ways to address those issues. Some of our recent accomplishments are:

Meeting with PA Dept. of Health regarding neonatal levels of care
Meeting with Early Intervention examining referral process

Conducted Focus groups with NICI parents to learn what helped them and what recommendations they have for change in the NICU.

Survey of PA NICUs and Hospital Newborn Nursery Departments

Hosted webinars on hyperbilirubinemia and also late preterm babies

Hosted a Symposium on neonatal abstinence syndrome and followed that with two webinars on breastfeeding and drug use and community resources.

October 2, 2014 webinar on Mother's Milk, Marijuana, Margaritas, Methadone and More 

November 6, 2014 webinar on Optimizing Outcomes: Collaborative Care and Support of Drug Exposed Infants and their Families

Created a directory of community resources for providers

Participated in a focus group lead by PA Dept. of Health to provide input on their MCH needs assessment

For more information on the network and the network's activities please contact Dottie Schell, the Program Director.

Director: Sharon DeJoy, MPH, PhD
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Director: Dottie Schell, RN
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Pediatric Advisors: Robert Cicco, MD, FAAP | Kim Costello, DO, FAAP