Utah Chapter Member Application (physicians)
Utah Chapter Membership Renewal
Utah Chapter Affiliate Member Application (non-physicians)
Membership can mean:
- Increase your knowledge of and participation in policy and advocacy activities. The Chapter represents the needs of children and pediatricians on key state councils and committees.
- Increase involvement in the legislative arena to positively influence the payment for and quality of pediatric practice and the welfare of children in Utah.
- Build coalitions with other organizations working toward improving children's health and well-being.
- Participate in Chapter committees in areas of interest.
- Help mentor residents and medical students interested in pediatrics.
- Provide testimony on key issues to help develop pediatric policy at state level.
- Network with other pediatricians with similar interests.
- Improve Chapter membership participation on national AAP affairs.
- Receive Chapter newsletter, emails and other informative mailings.
- Attend the annual Chapter Common Problems in Pediatrics Conference and earn CME credits.
- Request free, interactive CME courses on current medical issues to be presented close to your office.
- Participate in learning collaboratives to guide practices in quality improvement efforts.
- Participate in the Pediatric Research in the Office Setting and Utah Pediatric Practice Based Research Network.
What has the Utah Chapter done lately for kids, pediatricians and YOU?
- Reach Out & Read Utah - Continue to support current clinical sites. During 2012, 86,000 new books were distributed
to over 47,000 Utah children. Pediatricians continue to counsel families about the importance of reading aloud. There are 39 clinical
sites currently participating in ROR Utah; 18 clinics are working on applications.
- Child Care & Parenting - Network with key state leaders to improve the health and safety of children in child care and
develop resource materials for families seeking quality child care providers. During 2012, in collaboration with the State Children's
Resource & Referral Agency and State Bureau of Child Development, six clinical trainers received education/certification on the AAP medication
administration curriculum allowing them to teach a 10-hour course in their respective region. Eight courses were completed throughout Utah
providing training to 131 child care providers. In addition, Renee Olesen, MD, was instrumental in assisting the Utah Office of Child Care
in the development of a new online program, www.careaboutchildcare.utah.gov, to help child care providers showcase quality in their programs
and give parents and healthcare providers information to guide choices when seeking child care. Research-based standards were used to define
quality in child care settings; only licensed centers in good standing participate. To insure public preschools statewide are high quality
and are preparing children for kindergarten, particularly at-risk children, meetings are currently being held with State Board of Education
officials to pursue the adoption of Early Learning Standards rather than guidelines.
- Child Advocacy Forum - Sponsored event attended by state legislators, pediatricians, physicians-in-training, medical
students and child advocates focused Utah Medicaid Program options and access to healthcare.
- Legislative Advocacy - Hosted a highly successful Get Out The Vote for Kids campaign! Advocated successful passage of
legislation restricting smoking in a car when an infant and/or young child are present and restricting teen drivers under 18 from cell phone
use while driving. Efforts were unsuccessful in securing insurance coverage for children with ASD and taxation of candy/e-cigarette tobacco
products, as well as defeating legislation mandating physicians test infants who fail newborn hearing screen for CMV.
- Shot @ Life Campaign - Active participate in the AAP and United Nations Foundation campaign advocating vaccines in
developing countries. Chapter members met with US congressional leaders to discuss the global effort to reduce measles-related deaths.
- Mental Health Initiative - Work collaboratively with provider organizations to improve child mental healthcare access;
and provide CME opportunities on the diagnosis and management of children with mental health problems in the practice setting. For the past
four years, the Chapter has worked with the Utah Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry to improve child mental healthcare access. Efforts
have included conducting a provider needs assessment and presentations at the Chapter's annual scientific conference and regional CME courses.
Chapter members have assisted in the development of a website/blog to enhance communications and provide tools/resources for providers and
families; improve behavioral health education and training in residency program; and advocate for improved private/public insurance mental
health benefits and provider reimbursement. The Utah Chapter facilitates distribution of the Utah Association for Infant Mental Health
newsletter to pediatricians statewide.
- March of Dimes - Work with the March of Dimes and Department of Health to add Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)
to the newborn screening panel. Strategies for provider education are being developed on the value of early identification and treatment of
- International Pediatric Service - Support educational activities at KATH Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. Approximately
12 physicians serve a population of 5 million children, as well as a pediatric residency program. Chapter focus is education with a strong
emphasis on pediatric resuscitation. During 2012, the Chapter purchased intraosesous needles and educational resuscitation cards for the
pediatric residents and regional physicians in Ghana.
- CATCH/Healthy Tomorrow Partnerships - Mentored residents and members to secure 3 CATCH grants. Projects are highlighted in the
newsletter and promoted statewide throughout the year.
- Practice Managers Group - Support key office staff to get help, information, and resources on practice management issues, encourage
professional development, and serve as network for timely communications. There are currently 99 members representing practices statewide.
Recent meetings focused on ICD-10 advancing documentation, the power to change anything, improving practice management, billing problems and
solutions, and how-to deal with difficult people.
- UPIQ - Utah Pediatric Partnership to Improve Healthcare Quality (UPIQ) remains the quality improvement arm of the Chapter.
Provide financial support to members participating in learning sessions focused on mental health, medical home, and immunizations, as well as
support members pursuing MOC credit through UPIQ.
- Medical Home Portal - Assisted with programming costs related to developing personalized feature for clinicians, "My Resources and Tools"
to allow links to be stored under favorite portal-based resources. This will help clinicians to locate quickly and/or "Send To My Patient"
function. The medical home newsletter is distributed quarterly to pediatricians statewide, and medical home articles are featured regularly
in the Chapter newsletter.
- Utah Medical Association- Submitted three resolutions adopted by the UMA House of Delegates/referred to Board on The Affordable Care
Act & Utah Medicaid Expansion, Improved Feedback from Child protective Services to Physicians, and Evidenced-based Smoking Cessation Treatments.
Continue working with the Utah Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry to improve child mental healthcare access. Encourage family physician
participation in UPIQ learning sessions, regional CME courses and legislative advocacy.
- Disaster & Emergency Preparedness - Participated in CDC/AAP Enhancing Pediatric Partnerships to Promote Pandemic Preparedness meetings
and developed a state action plan. Participated in the Great Shake Out Utah drill. Articles on emergency preparedness published in newsletter.
- Early Hearing Detection & Intervention - Best policies and practices are distributed through newsletter articles and email alerts.
Efforts focused on improving communication from hospitals to community pediatricians, implementation of TeleMed technology in rural areas, and
improving hospital report for infants who fail newborn hearing screen.
- Medicaid Reform - Actively involved in Medicaid reform measures providing input to State committees, Utah Health Policy Project and
Utahns for Medicaid Reform, as well other child advocate groups and state legislators.
- 34th Annual Common Problems in Pediatrics Conference - This 3-day conference achieved record attendance totaling 207 (16% increase
from 2011). CME included behavioral health, dermatology, infectious diseases, neurology, and obesity topics.
- CME Pediatric Partnership Courses - Lead organization in developing, implementing and evaluating statewide CME courses. During 2012,
over 170 providers participated in this educational/training program. Courses are presented at or near the doctor's office; no charge for
courses or CME credit provided.
- PROS - Facilitate practice-based research through the PROS program to improve child health and quality of care, and recruit pediatricians
to participate in PROS network. Over 70 members are actively involved in PROS studies. PROS study results are routinely published in the newsletter.
- Child Oral Health Initiative - Promote the role of pediatricians in assessing children's oral health; and distribute materials/information
and train members in fluoride varnish application. Sponsored three training workshops on fluoride application in the practice setting and
two provider CME courses on child oral health. Although unsuccessful, meetings were held with third party insurer carrier to request fluoride
varnish application be covered as a benefit. Currently, Medicaid is the only plan that covers fluoride varnish application by Utah pediatric
offices. Articles on child oral health topics are published in the newsletter.
- AAP National Committees - Encourage and support members seeking to serve on AAP National Committees, Councils and Sections and provide
input regarding AAP policies and programs. There are 4 members currently serving on national committees and/or councils.
- Executive Committee Meetings - Implemented outreach initiative to determine how the Chapter could better serve member needs.
Executive Committee meetings were held in different locations along the Wasatch Front and attended by area pediatricians.
- Member Value - Demonstrated member value and benefits. Financial rewards include tuition discount for Common Problems in
Pediatrics Conference, UPIQ learning collaboratives, and no charge for attending regional CME Pediatric Partnership courses. The Chapter
newsletter is published quarterly in electronic format; informative emails are sent monthly and mailings as needed. Pediatric subspecialists
are invited to speak at Common Problems in Pediatric Conference and regional CME courses. Chapter dues are waived for residents,
Chapter resident representative attends NCE and a noon conference features advocacy opportunities within the local and national AAP. The
Practice Managers Group is an additional network for getting timely information to members, as well as a resource for key office staff to get
help, information and support and improve overall staff competency.
- Young Physicians - Executive Committee includes young physician and three resident representatives. Tuesday's with Tom
provided legislative advocacy training for residents and medical students during the Legislative Session. Hosted a young physician event
allowing colleagues to become better acquainted and promote Chapter involvement. A young physician column is featured regularly in the
- Senior Physicians - Executive Committee includes a senior physician representative. Senior members remain active in legislative
advocacy, public service/volunteer work, and participate in Chapter activities. During 2012, hosted the first Senior Physician luncheon held
in conjunction with the annual scientific conference. Over 60 physicians and partners attended this highly successful event.
- Medical Students - Executive Committee includes a medical student representative. Members, including residents, were surveyed
regarding residency experience; results were compiled into a "tip sheet" and distributed to me. The Chapter co-sponsored the annual
Pediatric Medical Interest Group annual round table luncheon and provided support for annual Match Day Dinner. Medical students serve
as Key Contacts and are mentored through the legislative advocacy process by Chapter members.
- Awards - During 2012, the Chapter presented: Robert Terashima, MD, the Marty Palmer Service to Children Award, for his exemplary
leadership in advocating for the provision of a medical home for all children. Benjamin Wright, MD, was selected to receive the Resident
Service to Children Award for his commitment in caring for high risk children/adolescents at the South Main Clinic in Salt Lake City, advocacy
work to decrease the exposure of secondhand tobacco smoke to children, and implementation of "A Shot to Live" initiative on recognizing and
rapidly treating anaphylaxis in the school setting. Gina Pola-Money, Director of Utah Family Voices, received the Child Health Advocate Award
for her leadership and collaborative work with the parent/family partners in medical home practices and medical home activities, UPIQ's medical
home initiatives and mental health projects, and the Medical Home Portal. Ronald Stoddard, MD, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the
high quality of care rendered and lifelong dedication to improve newborn care in Utah. Susan Wiet, MD and Kristi Kleinschmit, MD, were
co-recipients of the Child Mental Health Advocacy Award for their ongoing leadership to improve access to child mental health care and
providing training/education opportunities for health providers throughout Utah.
William Cosgrove, MD, received the 2012 Childhood Immunization Champion presented by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for going above
and beyond to promote and foster childhood immunization throughout Utah since 1987. Utah Chapter received an AAP Special Achievement Award for
providing training/education opportunities on the treatment of fetal alcohol syndrome in the practice setting and implementing subsequent
community initiatives to improve care of FAS patients. Kris Campbell, MD, received an AAP Special Achievement Award for implementing the
"Boost 'til Eight" campaign including promoting car passenger safety in the practice setting, increased public awareness on car seat/booster
seat safety, and continued legislative advocacy promoting car seat/booster seat safety laws.
Annual Dues: $125
Please Note: Membership in the national AAP is not required for membership in the Utah Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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