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MAY, 2013
Dr. Carbonari
AAP Legislative Advocacy Training Washington, DC 

Dr. Sandra Carbonari, CTAAP President,
Dr. Raul Arguello, and CTAAP Executive Director
Jillian Wood attended the AAP's Legislative Advocacy Training in Washington DC on April 27-30.  Over 100 pediatricians from across the country participated in this program designed to influence policies on the national level.  This year's focus was gun safety and recent congressional gun-control legislation. 

Dr. Carbonari and Jill Wood met with staff from Congressman Courtney's and Congresswoman Esty's office, as well as staff from Senator Blumenthal's and Senator Murphy's to thank them for their commitment to children's safety and health and for their support of gun control.  All of Connnecticut's delegation voted to support important gun control bills and additional amendments that were offered.

In hopes of building support for future gun-control efforts, Dr. Arguello who resides in Sandy Hook, was invited  to lobby several out of state legislators who had opposed many AAP supported gun-control bills.  

Dr. Carbonari, Dr. Arguello and Ms. Wood enjoyed time spent working with colleagues from around the country while working toward important AAP goals.

If you are interested in attending next year's meeting, let the CTAAP office know by emailing jillianwood@sbcglobal.net. It is well worth attending!
AAP Pediatric Musculoskeletal Course

July 19 - 21, 2013 - Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center 

Sponsored by 
  • AAP
  • Section on Rhuematology
  • Section on Orthopaedics
  • Council on Sports Medicine & Fitness
The Pediatric Musculoskeletal Medicine Course is a collaboration of orthopedics, rheumatology, and sports medicine that help practitioners better assess and diagnose musculoskeletal disorders.

The course topics will include: 
  • Practical approaches to musculoskeletal issues
  • DDH screening 
  • Clubfoot management
  • Joint pain  
  • Overuse injuries 
  • Proximal muscle weakness 
  • Bone and joint infections 
  • Musculoskeletal manifestations of child abuse.  
  • Scoliosis screening in schools 
  • ACL surgery for a young athlete

$459 for AAP members.  Questions fstevens@aap.org or 847-434-4790.  To register open this link.   

Addressing Childhoood Depression through Coordinated Care

As a result of recent Connecticut legislation on improving access to mental health for children, the Connecticut Legislature approved funding for the establishement of regional behanioral health care programs for pediatric providers.  This program will offer timely telephone access to teams that include child psychiatrists, social workers and other experts. 

Increasing the capacity of pediatric primary care providers to address mental health concerns, including psychotropic medication management, is critical to meeting the needs of children at a time when there are too few mental health professionals. The Academy of Pediatrics expects that pediatricians will handle a range of behavioral health services and work in collaboration with mental health providers. The challenge is that few pediatric primary care physicians have advanced training in behavioral pediatrics and many indicate concerns about their capacity to deliver this type of care.

Connecticut is poised to fully address this challenge... read how
Revised Lead Poisoning Requirements

As a result of a recent report from the national Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevent, the Connecticut Department of Public Health revised Connecticut's blood lead screening requirements and released a simple educational packet on lead designed for parents. 

They are asking practitioners to:

1.  Remind parents that there is no safe blood lead level.
2.  Remind parents that the law requires that children be tested.
3.  Ensure medical re-testing according to established timelines when a child is identified
as having a blood lead level at or above the new 'reference value.'
4.  Provide lead poisoning prevention information during well child visits.

See complete announcement

AAP Call to Action and Resources for

CDC "Talk With Your Doctor" Campaign


As you may have seen last year and again in the past month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsors a national media campaign titled 'Tips From Former Smokers.' This campaign raises awareness about the negative health effects caused by smoking, encourages smokers to quit, and encourages nonsmokers to protect themselves and their families from exposure to secondhand smoke.


New to the 2013 Tips campaign is the inclusion of "Talk With Your Doctor" week, May 27- June 2. This week will be dedicated to empowering patients to discuss quitting with their physicians, and will encourage physicians and other health care providers to use the campaign as a way to discuss cessation in the practice setting. Tips campaign TV ads running during this week will feature a tagline that reads "You Can Quit. Talk With Your Doctor for Help." 


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Go to AAP Richmond website for more information


For questions about the "Talk With Your Doctor" campaign, the Twitter chat, or other tobacco and secondhand smoke resources, please contact Gina Steiner, AAP Director of Public Information, at: gsteiner@aap.org

Free Educational Texts for New Mothers


Text4baby is a free national health text messaging service providing accurate, text-length health information for mothers with babies up to age 1.  Mothers can join by texting "BABY" (or "BEBE" for Spanish) to 511411 to receive weekly text messages (timed to their due date or their baby's birth date) throughout pregnancy and up until baby's first birthday.

Learn more about this FREE, innovative way of engaging and educating mothers and families by clicking here.


Webinar Series Upcoming events

  • Prior Authorization and Escalation - Department of Social Services
  • Flu Update - 10th
  • Appealing Health Insurance Denials  - 26th
  • Prescribing Breast Pumps


  • Immunization Update
  • Working with DCF
  • Toxic Stress, Dr. Heather Forkey
  • Kids with Disabilities and Education, Attorney Christina Grio 


  • Connecticut Health Care Exchange - 13th,  Attorney Victoria Veltri
  • Working with DCF
  • Adolescents and Depression, Dr. Deepa Camenga  


  • Adolescents and Domestic Violence/Date Rape, Dr. Sheryl Ryan
  • Working with DCF
Starbucks gift card winners!

Congratulations to the following participants for receiving a $10 Starbucks gift card!  As part of our 2013 Webinar Series we are selecting one participant who completes an evaluation to receive a free gift card for each webinar.

Your Employees and the Affordable Care Act
Luanne Armstrong, Rocky Hill Pediatrics

Nighttime Breastfeeding & Postpartum Depression
Lisa Visentin, Kids 1st Pediatrics

Keeping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Safe
Jan Hebert, Litchfield County Pediatrics

Preventing Child Abuse by Supporting Parents Edith Poidomani, Shepaug Valley School

Jillian Wood
Executive Director

Tracey McDougall
Teleconference Coordinator

Yvette Moretti
Administrative Assistant

Kathryn Senk
Administrative Assistant's Assistant

Judy Blei
Government Relations

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