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Vaccine Mandate Update
Save the Date! Yale Pediatric Update
2012 Teleconference Series
Learning to Drive
Little Babies, Big Problems: Common Problems in New Borns
Job Opportunity
Vaccine Mandate Update:
You have been hearing over the past few weeks about the changes in the State of CT immunization supply program.
In the Special Legislative Session held on June 12,  language passed that will: 
* Allow for choice of any vaccine provided by the state system that is CDC approved but is cost equivalent
* Change the way the insurers will be assessed
* Expand the number of covered vaccines (Hep A,     Influenza for children 6 mos to 5, and pneumococcal)  
The last, and most contentious change is a mandate that all providers use only vaccine provided by the state for those vaccines that it covers.
Originally, the mandate would have started on July, 2012, but the law now is that the mandate will not take place until Jan 1, 2013.
While we were disappointed in the final outcome we worked really hard on this, making every effort to get people in Hartford to realize that this was potentially a way to slide back on our immunization rates, along with many other concerns. Many legislators noticed and the entire Malloy administration clearly knows we were not making these concerns up. We received a lot of press, both television and print. The CTAAP will be working on making this program successful for the children of the state as well as our members.
So, there is more to do, but at this moment, we have some breathing room until our next drop dead date of January 1, when the mandate is scheduled to begin.
Thank you, everyone for dropping everything you were doing to answer our calls. Every contact you made with legislators helped us!
Save the Date!
10th Annual Yale Pediatric Update
November 9, 2012 

New Haven Lawn Club

Topics to include Dermatology, Immunology, Laws Pertaining to Adolescent Rights, Concussions, and ADHD

Mark it on your calendar!!


2012 Teleconference Series

 Programs slated for 2012

  • Eating Disorders - June 21st - Dr. Sheryl Ryan 
  • Changing Treatments for Concussions - July 11th - Dr. Imran Hafeez 
  • Auto Safety - Graduated Driver's Licenses and Car Seat Safety - July 18th
  • Sports Injuries - September 20th - Dr. Carl Nissen
  • Pertussis - September 25 - Speaker TBA
  • Obesity - September - Speaker TBA
  • Red Flags:  Common Curaneous Vascular Lesions in Childhood - October 2 - Dr. Richard Antaya
  • How Make-A-Wish Foundation Can Help Your Critically Ill Patients - October
  • Working with DCF Part III - October 
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation - October
  • Child Abuse in Infants - November 27th - Dr. Nina Livingston
  • Autism - November
  • Food Allergies:  What Parents Need to Know to Keep Their Children Safe - Date TBA - Dr. Linda Arnold  
  • Working with Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Patients - Date TBA

To register for the complete series on-line open this link.  For a hard copy of the registration form open this link.  For more information on the series, contact


Learning to Drive
learning to drive

The CT Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics received a grant from the AAP National Office and The Allstate Foundation to introduce a new approach to providing anticipatory guidance to teens around safe driving. In collaboration with Connecticut Children's Medical Center's Injury Prevention Center, CT AAP has developed a Pediatric E-Network to deliver information to parents and teens in pediatric offices. Practices who elect to participate will receive two Android-based tablets equipped with a safe driving app. This app is interactive and takes under 5 minutes to complete. It provides parents and teens with basic information about the risks for teens posed by driving, an explanation of the law for teens, and tips for parents on how to go about teaching a teen to drive. Parents and teens will use the app in the waiting room or exam room depending on the practice. CT AAP will be able to track usage and determine whether parents and teens thought that the app was useful. Teens, parents, and others can sign up for text message alerts on the latest in teen driving by texting "drivesafe" to 313131 as part of this project. Interested pediatricians should contact Kevin Borrup at 860-545-9984 to arrange for a demonstration of the technology in your practice. For further information, go to

Little Babies, Big Problems:
Common Problems in Newborns

Yale New Haven Children's Hospital

Quarterly Evening Seminar Series


Wednesday, July 11, 2012  

5:00PM - 8:30PM 
New Haven, CT  


Topics will include: 

    • Jaundice in the New Born 
    • Cystic Fibrosis 
    • Spinal Dysraphisms 
    • Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Health Disease

 For more information click here.

Job Opportunity

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The Hosptial of Central Connecticut has a part-time weekend BC neonatology position available.  The position requires 5-10 weekends per year to round and take calls for the Level IIIa NICU and healthy newborns requiring neonatal consults.  


Hours run from Friday afternoon to Monday morning with some flexibility.  Excellent compensation.


The Hospital of Central Connecticut is a 414 bed community teaching hospital located in New Britain, CT with 24/7 in-hospital pedi physician assistant coverage. 


Please call Patricia Lowicki at 860-224-5576 or Dr. Scott Weiner at 860-224-5691.


Jillian Wood
Executive Director

Tracey McDougall
Teleconference Coordinator

Yvette Moretti
Administrative Assistant

Judy Blei
Government Relations

104 Hungerford Street
Hartford, CT  06106 


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2012 Series
Upcoming Teleconferences


Thursday, June 21st

Eating Disorders Among Adolescents

Dr. Sheryl Ryan

Register Here