The New Hampshire Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (NHPS)
“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” – Frederick Douglass
Mentorship is an important tool for professional development and has been linked to greater productivity, career advancement, and professional satisfaction. The AAP recognizes that mentorship is critical in helping nurture future leaders and a key opportunity to engage existing members and leaders. The AAP Mentorship Program seeks to establish mentoring relationships between trainees/early career physicians and practicing AAP member physicians. A primary goal is to promote career and leadership development. Mentors will have opportunities to further develop leadership skills and learn about emerging trends from the next generation of their peers. Mentees will gain a trusted advisor and learn methods to enhance career advancement. And all parties will form professional relationships and share advocacy, professional, and research interests.
Becoming involved is very easy. The only requirement to participate is to be a national AAP member in good standing. Participants need only sign-up and complete an online mentor/mentee profile form (you can sign up to be both a mentor and mentee if you so choose). The profile form collects information on education/training, subspecialty interests, practice/professional/clinical interests, chapter affiliation and the amount of time the participant is willing to commit. Mentors/mentee pairs will have the ability to meet traditionally in person if they choose a local match or use one of several online tools to meet virtually.
The program is set-up for both “traditional” long-term relationships, as well as short-term “flash” mentoring. The flash mentoring component allows for mentees to contact mentors for quick questions, set up 1-2 meetings, as well as participate in online topical forums and Q&A forums. Therefore, the time commitment and expectations can be tailored to fit each mentor/mentee pairs’ needs.
The New Hampshire Oral Health Coalition Baseline Survey Notice
The New Hampshire Oral Health Coalition works to improve access to oral health services and to expand the number and type of primary health professionals providing those services. To that end, the Coalition is conducting a statewide, baseline inventory of oral health services that are being provided in both primary care medical and non-traditional community based settings.
In 2014, The US Preventive Services Task Force issued a recommendation for fluoride treatment and fluoride varnish in children ages 5 and under for the prevention of dental caries. The Coalition researchers will be contacting practice managers of New Hampshire’s pediatric and family medicine practices to ask a few questions specifically about the application of fluoride varnish during well child visits.
The interviewers will be calling managers during the month of August. The survey will be conducted telephonically and should take no more than 5-10 minutes. Please help the Coalition in its task by encouraging your practice managers to participate in the survey when they are contacted. Thank you for your help.
For more information about the NH Oral Health Coalition please visit our website at www.nhoralhealth.org
Flu activity (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm) remains low at this time in the United States, however, one pediatric death has already been reported. This first reported death serves as a reminder of how important these preparation strategies are. Vaccination remains the most important step in protecting against influenza.
Of note, flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Studies show that a confident and routine recommendation to get vaccinated from a health care provider is influential. Pediatricians play a crucial role in promoting vaccination to help keep women and their newborns healthy. Influenza vaccination is recommended in any trimester for all women who are pregnant or who plan to become pregnant during the influenza season. See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Letter to Providers: Influenza Vaccination of Pregnant Women (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/professionals/providers-letter-pregnant-2014.pdf) for strategies to promote vaccination.
Also, be sure to check out the new 2014-2015 AAP Online Flu Courses (http://pedialink.aap.org/visitor) “Influenza Office Testing and Vaccinating Egg-Allergic Children” and “Prevention and Control of Influenza: 2014-2015”. These courses deliver important information for clinicians to help keep children healthy this flu season. Each brings you up to date in less than an hour and qualifies for American Medical Association (AMA) Physician's Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 Credit(s)TM.
The New Hampshire Health Alert Network: We Need You!
The New Hampshire Health Alert Network (NHHAN) is the primary means of providing rapid and current New Hampshire specific medical information to practitioners and public health partners statewide. The NH HAN is a 24/7/365 comprehensive system for information sharing , and it may provide public health emergency risk communication necessary to enable recipients to respond to events that may have urgent public health impact. NHHAN is also used to promote situational awareness of evolving events or potential public health threats. HAN alerts and notifications are primarily transmitted via email, but may also be faxed when requested.
HAN messages sent from the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), to the State’s healthcare partners may provide specific medical guidance based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with evolving clinical and epidemiological descriptions as appropriate. Guidance in the New Hampshire HANs may differ somewhat from the CDC guidance based on NH specific information and local epidemiology. Each HAN includes contact information for providers to call for additional guidance.
Current and archived Health Alerts are available on the DHHS website at: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/alerts/han.htm . If you are not currently receiving HANs from DPHS, and would like to be added to the rapid notification system, please email Denise Krol at Denise.Krol@dhhs.state.nh.us and provide your full name, certification, and agency affiliation. If you have questions or concerns about being added to the NHHAN, please call 603-271-4596.
Teen Driving Resources
One of our high schools held a mock crash and trial just before prom time. The following is a video of the crash event. This school (Spaulding High School) is very committed to promoting highway safety for teens and earlier this year formed a teen highway safety team that developed meaningful peer to peer educational programs.
This link will take you to a video entitled "Take My Keys". It was created by Matt Clark, a young man who was recently released from prison. At the age of 18, while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, Matt crashed and killed his best friend. He is a powerful speaker for high school presentations but wanted to find another way to reach teens and created the video.
The following link will open a seat belt video that was created here in New Hampshire. It was the idea of a high school student. On You Tube, it is entitled "The Chelsea Fuller Story - A Seatbelt Could Save Your Life."
It's actual name is "Somebody Loves You, Somebody Needs You".
Someone Loves You
Someone Needs You
New Hampshire has a fairly new campaign known as NH Driving Toward Zero. Their web address is http://nhdtz.com/. This site has some good resources including a GDL brochure that we created entitled "Saving Lives: Graduated Licensing Best Practice for New Hampshire's Teen Drivers". It can found under important information on the home page and under the materials section of the resource page.
Don’t Text and Drive – It Can Wait
The Injury Prevention Center at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth teamed up with AT&T to send a powerful message to teenagers at the three schools involved in the Allstate Foundation’s Teen Safe Driving Grant Program — a message that safety experts hope will spread. The message is don’t text and drive. It can wait.
Distracted driving is a growing problem. Almost 22% of the crashes in New Hampshire last year were caused by distraction and drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of these crashes. Of the 90 people killed on New Hampshire roads last year, 14 died because of crashes caused by distracted drivers.
To combat the problem, the three high schools conducted different activities to focus on the message. These activities included creating message boards, bumper stickers and boxes to hold phones to keep them out of reach when driving. Students at each of the schools watched AT&T’s video, It Can Wait (http://www.itcanwait.com ) and many took the pledge to not text and drive.
Howard Hedegard, the highway safety specialist at CHaD’s Injury Prevention Center, and Steve Gratton, the program director for Allstate Foundation's Teen Safe Driving Program believe that the average teenager wants to be a good driver but doesn’t always understand the risks. The hope is that if they hear the message enough and in different ways that it will influence them.
The Allstate Foundation’s Teen Safe Driving Program is conducted in New Hampshire in conjunction with the New Hampshire chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
WIC has an updated request for special formula form, changes include:
WIC/Medicaid Request for Special Formula form summary of changes:
Inclusion of ICD codes as a check off for diagnosis;
Includes the maximum amount of formula allowed by WIC;
Length of issuance/time needed--expanded to up to 12 months
Supplemental foods-streamlined to authorize the WIC nutritionist to etermine or the HCP to check off specific foods not allowed;
Permission statement to release information; and pdated NH WIC formulary and contract formulas are included on the back of the form.
The New Hampshire Pediatric Society is the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Our membership consists of over 280 dedicated physicians from across the state. Most of us are in primary care in private practice, some of us are pediatric subspecialists, some of us are based in an academic center (Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center), some of us are employed by the State of New Hampshire, some of us work in community health centers, some of us are retired. All of us are working hard to promote the, health and well-being of infants, children, and adolescents. We welcome new members and if you are a part of the AAP, you are eligible to be part of the NHPS, too. Feel free to contact the Chapter Officers and/or any NHPS fellow member for more details on how to join this well respected long standing professional group, as together, we "CAN" and "DO" make a difference.