PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics - Items filtered by date: November 2013

Join us for a presentation by and discussion with:

Dina Ross, PhD (sociologist, parent educator, and feeding expert)

Dr. Rose has developed a unique and valuable perspective on the challenge of successfully starting children off on a varied diet and introducing new foods at any age. She is the creator of "It's Not About Nutrition" and "The Super Food Explorer Kit", and author of "It's Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating."

Objectives -- At the conclusion of the activity, participants should be able to:

  • More information to come

To register:

We encourage participation by all individuals. Advance notification of any special needs will help us better serve you. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program.

Questions? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Amy Wishner or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Samantha Pierpont 

EPIC® Pediatric Obesity is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Published in Let's Talk: Webinars
October 19 2018 8:00 AM

PA Leadership Meeting - Fall 2018

Save the Date!

Published in Events
October 18 2018 6:00 PM

PA AAP Executive Board Meeting

Save the Date!

Published in Events
August 17 2018 8:00 AM

Message from the President




  I think it's fair to say that among their many accomplishments, the Parkland students made an impact by reminding all of us of the power of advocacy. While there are many definitions of advocacy, I like to think of it simply as speaking up for change. One of my goals as president is to strengthen our chapter's advocacy activities, to support effective advocacy efforts across the state on key issues related to child health.



  Pediatricians are natural advocates. We are caring, trusted professionals with first-hand experience of challenges facing children, families and communities. For those of us in clinical practice, we advocate for our patients every day. Community and legislative advocacy are two ways to extend our impact beyond the office walls.



  The chapter is lucky to have a strong and energetic advocacy committee, co-chaired by Jenn Giammetti-Tepper and Christian Pulcini. The committee has established prevention of gun violence and addressing the opioid crisis as key areas of focus for the coming year. (See the Advocacy Update at the end of this newsletter - reprinted from our July issue) Our lobbyist, John Nikoloff, also keeps us updated on the status of child-related bills, and helps guide us on best opportunities for advocacy.



  In addition to legislative advocacy on the state level, pediatricians can play critical roles in improving the environments where kids live, study, and play by joining local boards and partnering with community organizations. Getting to know your local legislators and your county commissioners, school board members and other community decision makers and being a trusted resource on child-related health issues can make a big difference.



  Not only does advocacy work help kids, it might be just what we physicians need to re-discover the reason we entered medicine in the first place. I just read the NEJM article about advocacy work as an antidote to physician "burn-out" and am interested in starting a state-wide conversation about that. I plan to begin that conversation in next month's newsletter, so stay tuned.



  One important part of effective advocacy is being able to identify partners to work with; consider the chapter a large support group or network. We've heard from a few of you recently about concerns regarding the rise in juuling and what pediatricians can do about it. See the JUULing article in this newsletter. If there's an issue that you're concerned about, let us know and we can connect you with others also working on that issue, either at the state or national AAP. Or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (PA AAP Executive Director) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions, ideas, or advocacy stories to share. We'd love to hear from you.



Deb Moss

Deborah R. Moss, MD, MPH, FAAP

President, PA AAP 2018-2020

Published in Office of President


The 24th annual Pennsylvania Immunization Conference: No Matter the Size, Immunize, will be taking place at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel on Thursday on August 16th, 2018. The purpose of the conference is to bring immunization partners together to share information, discuss current issues and recommend strategies to improve immunization rates in Pennsylvania.


Click here for registration information

Published in Events
Annette Gomez Myarick has been named Executive Director of the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP), announced Denise A. Salerno, MD, FAAP, PA AAP President. In this role, Myarick is the key point of contact for pediatric professionals in Pennsylvania, responsible for providing a vision for the Chapter's growth and statewide impact.
Under Myarick's leadership, the Chapter will focus on creating increased value for its members to retain and grow membership. Among priorities for Myarick is assuring the Chapter's financial viability; and continuing to strengthen and build collaborative relationships in the community, with state government, other medical professional organizations, and with children's advocacy groups throughout Pennsylvania.
"Annette has over 30 years of experience with healthcare nonprofits, including associations with a focus on specific medical issues," said Salerno. "She is a skilled leader with a solid foundation in advocacy, strategic planning development and implementation, board and volunteer engagement, and fund development. She is a wonderful addition to our chapter leadership," Salerno added.
Prior to joining PA AAP, Myarick served nearly 17 years as the Chief Executive Officer for the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter, where she was responsible for the overall operational management of the Chapter and successfully expanded the organization from 6 counties in Pennsylvania to include expanded PA counties, 7 southern New Jersey counties and all of Delaware.   Prior to her position at the Lupus Foundation, Myarick held the position of Vice President for Public Health Strategies at the Arthritis Foundation, Eastern PA Chapter.
"I am very excited to join the team at PA AAP and look forward to advancing initiatives that improve the health and well-being of the Commonwealth's children and their families, and to supporting the profession of pediatrics," said Myarick.  
A native of Elkins Park, Myarick earned a B.S. in Community Health Education at Temple University.  Myarick has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit health arena and has won numerous regional and national awards for her work.  
Annette will begin with the PA AAP on July 9, 2018.
Published in News


Join us for a presentation by and discussion with:

Ian M. Paul, MD, MSc (Professor of Pediatrics, Chief Division of Academic General Pediatrics, Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs, Department of Pediatrics, Penn State College of Medicine Hershey)

The presentation will provide information and a demonstration of NEWT (Newborn Weight Tool app)


Objectives -- At the conclusion of the activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain normal patterns of weigh change throughout the first month
  • Describe morbidity associated with newborn weight loss
  • Incorporate the Newborn weight tool (NEWT) into your newborn care.


To register:



Keystone 10 is funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health


Published in Events
March 24 2018 12:00 PM

March For Our Lives

As you are likely aware, the March For Our Lives will happen this Saturday, March 24th. The main event will occur in Washington, DC with 817 (and growing) local events worldwide. We encourage you to get involved in any one or more of the following ways:

  •  Participate in a local sibling march event- click here and enter your zip code for events near you. Wear your white coats, make signs and stand in solidarity with the students.
  • Can't attend? Sign the petition or donate to help support the march, or consider holding a 17-second moment of silence during morning rounds to honor the victims and maintain awareness at your hospital.
  • Post information/artwork on your practice website or bulletin board or Facebook page.
  • Tweet your support for the campaign.

For ideas on powerful quotes for signs and other messaging:

  • 15 quotes with impact
  • Creative community creates art for March For Our Lives
  • Sign ideas for youth
  • Sign ideas for babies


The PA AAP is proud to support this effort! Please join the voices of Pennsylvania's children and students. Thank you!


Published in News

Join us for a presentation by and discussion with:

Laura Offutt, MD

The presentation will address how teens access health information online, why teaching them digital health literacy is important and how we can  learn and take part in Global Teen Health Week (March 18 – 24).

Objectives -- At the conclusion of the activity, participants should be able:

  • Obtain a better understanding of how teens access health information online, and why teaching them digital health literacy is important.
  • Understand what types of questions teens ask anonymously about health concerns.
  • Learn about Global Teen Health Week and how to take part.

To register:

Questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published in Let's Talk: Webinars
March 19 2018 12:00 PM

LIVE Twitter Chat

Teen Health Week Twitter Chat


We will discuss and share facts about vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases.
Share with @ImmunizePA what you are doing for #TeenHealthWeek 2018.
Ask @ImmunizePA your questions about vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases.

Planned by the PA Immunization Coalition

Published in Events
Page 1 of 137