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December, 2011

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In This Issue
Make-A-Wish® Foundation Appoints Dr. Jonathan Stein as Chief Medical Advisor
CTAAP Board Member Receives AAP Award
Connecticut Selected for 2011 Asthma State Honor Roll
CTAAP Launches 2012 Teleconference Series
Immunization Rates on CIRTS Enrolled Children Born in 2008
Are you interested in becoming a member of the AAP Council or Section Executive Committee?
An Exciting Art Show!! Voices: The Art of Children, Adolescents and Young Adults Touched by Mental Illness
True Colors is offering an opportunity to connect with peers
Positions Available

CTAAP Member Dr. Jonathan Stein Appointed Chief Medical Advisor of Make-A-Wish® Foundation 


Make-a-wish LogoCTAAP member Dr. Jonathan Stein, M.D., FAAP was recently appointed the Chief Medical Advisor of The Make-A-Wish Foundation®.  Dr. Stein has served as Medical Advisor for the Connecticut Chapter since 2006, assisting the Chapter in developing a system for medical review, addressing issues and conflicts related to wish eligibility, and helping the Chapter with medical outreach strategies.  In this newly created role, Dr. Stein will provide guidance to the national office and national board in setting medical eligibility policies, developing training for medical advisors and chapter staff, identifying effective medical outreach strategies, and evaluating national wish potential and net incidence rates and wish growth opportunities for specific markets.  


Dr. Stein is a pediatrician and managing partner of Guilford Pediatrics in Guilford, Connecticut.  Regarding his new role, Dr. Stein notes "I am extremely honored to have been chosen for this position.  I think it will be a wonderful opportunity and I look forward to hearing ideas from chapters across the country about how we can improve medical outreach, maintain a consistent standard for eligibility as well other exciting initiatives."


To contact Dr. Jonathan Stein directly:


CTAAP Board Member Receives AAP Award

The American Academy of Pediatrics presented Dr. Kathleen Marinelli, CTAAP Board member, with a Special Achievement Award for distinguished service and dedication to the mission and goals of the Academy and for her tireless efforts on CTAAP's tremendously successful breastfeeding teleconference series.  The program entitled "Journey to Successful Breastfeeding" has thus far been a series of 6 programs that focuses on breastfeeding.  Dr. Marinelli conceived of this much needed program that has educated thousands of Connecticut health care providers on breastfeeding.  All of the programs have been recorded and can be accessed at 



Connecticut Selected for 2011 Asthma State Honor Roll

The State of Connecticut was selected by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America as one of 6 states nominated to their 2011 Honor Roll.  The Honor Roll highlights states that demonstrate exemplary asthma and allergy management policies in schools.  Connecticut's model for integrating asthma education and care within a medical home is receiving attention for it's direct effect on academic achievement.  Congratulations to all of our members who work so hard on this prevalent issue, especially Dr. Steve Updegrove and Michael Corjulo, APRN, CPNP, AEC. 


CTAAP Launches 2012 Teleconference Series

CTAAP is launching our 2012 Teleconference Series with 15 teleconferences on common pediatric issues.  Since it's inception in 2008, we have provided over 8,000 health care professionals with information and practical strategies for dealing with every-day pediatric problems.  This year's topics will include:


  • What is Medical Necessity?
  • Breastfeeding
  • Immunizations
  • Developmental Issues
  • Working with DCF
  • Food and Skin Allergies
  • Adolescent Confidentiality
  • Quick Mental Health Interventions
  • Changing Treatments for Concussions
  • Eating Disorders
  • Dermatological Issues


As always, anyone may listen in for free.  As part of this expanded program, we will now be charging a fee for CMEs and CEUs.  A special rate of  $150 will be offered to MDs registering for the full series of 15 teleconferences.  APRNs and PAs will be charged $115.   The series of 15 CEUs will be offered to RNs and other health professionals for $115 as well.


Or you can choose to receive individual CME's or CEU's for $20 per session. 


Look for more detailed information soon.   You may also e-mail or go to to register now for the series of programs and be able to receive 15 CME/CEU credits.



Immunization Rates on CIRTS Enrolled Children Born in 2008

Congratulations to the Following Practices for Achieving a greater than 90% - 94% immunization rate.  Click here to view the full list.


Are you interested in becoming a member of the AAP Council or Section Executive Committee?

2012 AAP Council and Section Executive Committee Vacancies
AAP councils and sections are a great way to get involved at the National level! In 2012 there will be over 100 vacancies to fill on the council and section executive committees. An executive committee is the leadership body comprised of a chairperson and executive committee members.
Here are brief descriptions of councils and sections:
Nominations are being accepted through December 15 via Survey Monkey:
Any interested candidate must be up to date with their National AAP membership and be a member of the council or section for which they are being considered. Candidate information will be shared with the nominations committees for each council or section, who will weigh in on the nominations received and make their decision by mid-January. Elections are conducted in March.
The list of needs for each council vacancy is attached. Should you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Mensching at the National office at 800-433-9016 ext 4079 or via email at

2012 Council Needs.pdf


Voices: The Art of Children, Adolescents and Young Adults Touched by Mental Illness

This show will provide children, adolescents and young adults with an opportunity to share their "Voice" about what it is like either living with a mental illness or being touched by someone who does.  The goal of this exhibit is to highlight the talent of courageous children, as well as to break down the walls of public stigma and discrimination.  Join me in bringing hope to children, adolescents and young adults touched by mental illness.

Final Call for Art Flyer.pdf 


True Colors Offers Networking Event


True Color Logo

True Colors, a non-profit that works to meet the needs of sexual and gender minorities, is hosting a networking event to help connect health care professionals who are providing physical health, mental health, and/or support services to gender non-conforming and transgender children, teens and/or families in Connecticut.


View Invitaion        Get Directions


For more information about our organization please visit our website. 



Position Available

Shoreline Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, a five doctor group with an office in Madison and an office in Clinton, is looking for a nurse practitioner or a doctor to join this busy group. We would consider someone interested in full time or part time work who would be willing to participate in the call schedule. Anyone interested should send their CV to or call 203-421-3600. 


We at the CTAAP office wish you a your staff a very healthy and happy holiday season!

Jillian Wood
Executive Director

Tracey McDougall
Tele-Conference Coordinator

Yvette Moretti
Administrative Assistant

Judy Blei
Government Relations

CTAAP Teleconferences



December 8th

Infant Oral Health

and Fluoride Varnish  

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