April 2016 Newsletter Article

What You Can Do to Prevent Environmental Hazards from Harming Children

What You Can Do to Prevent Environmental Hazards from Harming Children

Workshop before the International Congress of Pediatrics
Vancouver, British Columbia
August 17, 2016
8 am - 4 pm

The International Pediatric Association (IPA) is sponsoring this 1-day workshop on August 17 in Vancouver. The International Congress of Pediatrics will be held on August 17-22.  The workshop is designed for pediatricians who want to learn how to protect children from hazards in the environment and those who plan to teach other providers about children's health and the environment.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how to be an advocate for children and protect them from hazards in the environment;
  2. Identify risks to children from secondhand smoke, chemicals (e.g. lead, mercury, pesticides), air, water and food contaminants, emerging issues (e.g. global climate change), and other environmental hazards;
  3. Describe how to recognize, diagnose, prevent and manage adverse effects linked to these environmental risk factors;
  4. Describe why children may be at increased risk of adverse health outcomes and developmental consequences from environmental exposures to chemical, physical and biological agents;
  5. Describe when and how the fetus, the child and the adolescent may be exposed to environmental hazards in different rural and urban settings;

If you are interested in attending, detailed information can be found here:

Ruth A. Etzel, MD, PhD


2016 APA RAPID Scholars Selected
The APA is delighted to announce the selection of the 2016 class of Scholars for the APA Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID), sponsored by the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
RAPID's goal is to recruit, retain, and provide career development and advancement for diverse junior faculty in general academic pediatrics pursuing careers in NIDDK mission areas. RAPID targets applicants who are underrepresented minorities, disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background. The program, which includes both a research project and career development activities, consists of: 1) research grants of up to $15,000 for projects in NIDDK mission areas (pediatric obesity, nutrition, and/or sickle cell disease); 2) pairing of the RAPID scholar with a national mentor who is an accomplished senior investigator and seasoned mentor; 3) in-person mentoring and networking at an annual breakfast at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting; 4) a Fall Conference on career development and academic success, including mentoring and networking with leading researchers; and 5) RAPID Scholar telephone conference calls every two months, to provide peer support, peer mentoring, networking, a venue for presenting research in progress, and opportunities for potential research collaborations. Additional information on RAPID is available at:
The 2016 RAPID Scholars are:

Brandi K. Freeman, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine/Children's Hospital Colorado
Project title: “Using Standard Teaching Videos in Pediatric Nurse Phone Triage: A Qualitative Study to Understand Parent and Nurse Perspectives on Technological Enhancement of Phone Care Advice.”
Mentor: Christopher Stille, MD, MPH
Department Chair: Stephen Daniels, MD, PhD

Morgan Walls, MD
Academic General Pediatrics Fellow
Boston Medical Center/Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health
Project title: “Prevention and Management of Obesity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Attitudes, Self-Efficacy, Practices, and Barriers among Primary Care Pediatricians.”
Mentor: Megan H. Bair-Merritt, MD
Department Chair: Robert J. Vinci, MD

Please join us in congratulating our 2016 class of APA RAPID Scholars!

Three New RAPID National Advisory Committee (NAC) Members Added
The APA and RAPID leadership are very pleased to announce that three new members have joined our NAC. They are:

Monica L. Baskin, PhD
Division of Preventive Medicine
The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine


Bettina M. Beech, DrPH, MPH
Associate Vice Chancellor of Population Health
Executive Director of the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Disparities
Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine
The University of Mississippi Medical Center


Jason Mendoza, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Principal Investigator, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services
University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Public Health
Seattle Children's Research Institute
Harborview Medical Center

These three new NAC members expand our roster of highly accomplished and nationally renown researchers and mentors, who include:

Michael DeBaun, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
J.C. Peterson Chair in Pediatric Pulmonology
Director, Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, MPH
Professor and Vice Chair of Pediatrics
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of California, San Francisco
Chief of Pediatrics, San Francisco General Hospital

Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
Director, Office of Community Health
Yale University School of Public Health

Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of General Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Population Health Management
MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School

Jason Wang, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention
Division of General Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine

APA RAPID Holds Third Annual Fall Mentoring and Career Development Conference

RAPID held its third annual Fall Conference in Grapevine, Texas, on December 10-11, 2015. This exciting conference included a panel discussion on keys to success for young investigators, a speed-mentoring session, a reception and dinner, a keynote address by Dr. Lee Pachter, research presentations by the 2015 RAPID Scholars, one-on-one mentoring sessions, and a hot-topic presentation and discussion, led by the young investigators. In addition to the two 2015 RAPID Scholars, conference attendees included eight additional talented and accomplished young investigators (including residents, fellows, and faculty) from across the country chosen by the RAPID NAC from a strong application pool of candidates. Conference attendees included:

  • Danielle Danae Plattenburg Arnold, University of Colorado/Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Nicole M. Brown, Children's Hospital at Montefiore
  • Juan Espinoza, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles/Keck School of Medicine (2015 RAPID Scholar)
  • Cristina Fernández, Columbia University Medical Center (2015 RAPID Scholar)
  • Kymberly Marie Gonzalez, University of Pennsylvania/CHOP
  • Cynthia Lopez, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Mikah Owen, University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville
  • Kenya Maria Parks, University of Texas Medical School at Houston
  • Kimberly L. Reynolds, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Christopher J. Russell, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles/Keck School of Medicine

Photo: 2015 RAPID Fall Conference attendees, including young investigators, 2015 RAPID Scholars, the keynote speaker, RAPID NAC members, and the RAPID Director and Co-Director.

A post-conference survey revealed uniform agreement that the conference was valuable for young investigators.

The 2016 RAPID Fall Mentoring and Career Development Conference will be held in December 2016 in Grapevine, Texas. Eligible attendees include junior faculty, fellows, and residents who are members of an underrepresented minority group, disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background, and who are committed to a career in academic general pediatrics. The Call for Nominations for the 2016 RAPID Fall Conference will be issued in October 2016, with a November 2016 deadline for submission of nomination materials. For more information, please contact Jennifer Padilla at .


Glenn Flores, MD                              Fernando Mendoza, MD, MPH
APA RAPID Director                        APA RAPID Co-Director

APA Task Force on Childhood Poverty Education Subcommittee

The APA Taskforce on Childhood Poverty's Education Subcommittee was brought together in 2013, created by the vision of Benard Dryer, to "build a national curriculum to empower physicians to contribute to the elimination of childhood poverty and the alleviation of its effects"

We are very happy to update the APA membership that after countless hours of hard work we have completed the task!  The resulting US Child Poverty Curriculum has four stand alone modules that cover the Epidemiology, the Social Determinants of Health, the Pathophysiology of Poverty, and Leadership and Advocacy to Address Child Poverty. As one subcommittee member put it "It is so critical to our nation's children's that our residents receive this training."  We hope that this work contributes to making that statement a reality. 

The next steps for this work include curricular dissemination and evaluation.  We are pleased to report that Task Force member Dr. James Kaferly is a new APA Educational Scholars Program scholar whose project will focus on the evaluation of various components of the curriculum.  We also will be working on disseminating the materials through a workshop at PAS, under the leadership of Dodi Meyer, a poster at PAS led by Melissa Ruiz, a platform presentation and workshop at APPD being led by Liz Hanson, and others yet to come. In addition, a paper co-authored by many subcommittee members detailing the work will be forthcoming in Academic Pediatrics supplement on poverty this spring. 

The co-chairs of this endeavor, Melissa Klein and Lisa Chamberlain, would like to thank all the amazing work done by the committed and inspiring task force members: Rhonda Acholonu, Alicia Alcamo, Michelle Barnes, Mike Barone, Eleanor Bathory, Sue Berger, Gary Bloch, Susan Bostwick, Rhea Boyd, Janine Bruce, Joanne Cox, Jean Davis, Catherine DeRidder, Margaret Emmott, Lee Ford-Jones, Allison Gorman, Liz Hanson, Hans Kersten, James Kaferly, Perri Klass, Cara Lichtenstein, Brian Lurie, Dodi Meyer, Ambica Nakhasi,
Dipesh Navsaria, Jessica Nash, Amanda Osta, Adam Pallant, Christen Pulcini, Sheela Rao, Melissa Ruiz, Adam Schickedanz, Erin Schnepp, Barry Solomon, Elizabeth Stuart, and Ashaunta Tumblin.

You all made this great work fun!

And finally a huge thanks to Benard for his leadership and ongoing support.

Lisa Chamberlain and Melissa Klein

Update: APA Child Poverty Task Force - Health Care Delivery Subcommittee

Submitted by: Arthur H. Fierman, M.D. and Joanne Cox, M.D., Co-Chairs
The Health Care Delivery Subcommittee of the APA’s Task Force on Child Poverty was formed and held its initial meeting in January, 2014.  With an ultimate working membership of over 30 accomplished experts in child health, the subcommittee sought to review the evidence, describe the “state of the art” regarding the provision of health care to children and families living in poverty and recommend practical approaches for child healthcare providers to address child poverty.  This work has resulted in 3 publications: 

  1. Fierman AH, Beck AF, Chung EK, Tschudy MM, Coker TR, Mistry KB, Siegel B, Chamberlain LJ, Conroy K, Federico SG, Flanagan PJ, Garg A, Gitterman BA, Grace AM, Gross RS, Hole MK, Klass P, Kraft C, Kuo A, Lewis G, Lobach KS, Long D, Ma CT, Messito M, Navsaria D, Northrip KR, Osman C, Sadof MD, Schickedanz AB, Cox J. Redesigning Health Care Practices to Address Childhood Poverty. Academic Pediatrics. 2016 (Supple); In Press.
  2. Beck AF, Tschudy MM, Coker TR, Mistry KB, Cox JE, Gitterman BA, Chamberlain LJ, Grave AM, Hole MK, Klass PE, Lobach KS, Ma CT, Navsaria D, Northrip KD, Sadof MD, Shah AN, Fierman AH. Determinants of Health and Pediatric Primary Care Practices. Pediatrics. 2016;137(3):e20153673.
  3. Chung EK, Siegel BS, Garg A, Conroy K, Gross RS, Long DA, Lewis G, Osman CJ, Messito M, Wade R, Yin S, Cox J, Fierman AH. Screening for Social Determinants of Health among Children and Families Living in Poverty: A Guide for Clinicians.  Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care.  2016; In Press.

The incredible commitment and work ethic of this distinguished group of APA members truly has been inspiring.   It is our hope that these publications will help to raise consciousness about child poverty within the Pediatric community, provide practical guidance in addressing child poverty in child health practices and advance the dialogue about solutions that involve collaborations that bridge the health care, social services, legal and governmental sectors of our society.
Congratulations to all involved and our deepest thanks to the APA for providing the "fertile ground" to grow this great effort on behalf of vulnerable children and families!

Many members of this group have expressed interest in continuing to work together on the problem of child poverty –networking, sharing information, developing collaborations.  For those who are interested, a meeting of the Task Force at PAS is being arranged for Monday May 2 in the morning - be on the lookout for a separate announcement.

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