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TEAM is a collaborative effort to promote effective service delivery for adolescent moms and their children. Currently, this initiative is hosting open forums with a goal of gathering feedback from the community about how they can positively impact teen moms' ability to raise developmentally healthy children. Please view the flyer for more information and register for an open forum. If you have any questions or need help registering, please do not hesitate to contact Nirja Shah at email@example.com or 312/733-1026 x216.
ICAAP and ICAH
Do you work directly with pregnant and/or parenting young people? Are you familiar with the term Birth Justice? ICAH and the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) are hosting a focus group to learn more about your experiences providing care to pregnant or parenting young people and your familiarity of Birth Justice. View the flyer and register here to participate in the focus group that will be hosted at ICAAP.
AAP and Food Research & Action Center
The AAP and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) jointly released the toolkit, "Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for Pediatricians," a comprehensive resource on how to identify and address childhood food insecurity. Food insecurity — the limited or uncertain access to enough food — is detrimental to child health and well-being. The toolkit provides specific information on how to:
- Screen patients for food insecurity
- Address the topic in a sensitive manner
- Make the appropriate interventions, most commonly by referring patients and their families to the federal nutrition programs
- Advocate for greater food security and improved overall health of children and their families
In fall 2016, the Ohio Chapter of the AAP, Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership, and Start School Later hosted a three-part webinar series on how providers can support sleep practices for healthier and better-functioning adolescents. The webinar recordings are now available to view online:
The AAP EHDI program has a list of resources available to primary care providers on EHDI screening and follow-up. The resources are available on the AAP EHDI webpage and include:
Dr. Daniel Morra serves as the Illinois EHDI Chapter Champion and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions related to newborn hearing screening and follow-up. The Office of the Attorney General Illinois
The Office of the Attorney General Illinois SANE Program is hosting a 40-hour Pediatric/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training designed to educate registered nurses, mid-level providers, and physicians performing sexual assault medical forensic examinations. The Pediatric/Adolescent SANE Training will be held May 23-25, 2017 from 8am-5:30pm at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. If you are interested in attending, please review the materials below and submit a completed application along with your resume via email to email@example.com or via fax to 312-814-7105 by April 20, 2017.
If you have any questions regarding this training, please contact Jaclyn Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312/814-6267. Pediatrics
Each year many people will get the flu shot to help protect them, but many people do not. Parents sometimes will pass on getting their children vaccinated, believing that the flu is not that serious. In actuality, it can be very serious and lead to death in some tragic cases. A new study conducted by the CDC highlights the importance of vaccinating children against the flu. Many pediatric deaths can be avoided by providing kids with proper protection against this illness.
Over the past 15 years, there has been a dramatic increase in sexually transmitted diseases reported in DuPage County according to the DuPage County Health Department. The report showed that cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia have risen sharply between 2000 and 2015. READ MORE
Crain's Chicago Business
Thirty-eight Illinois hospitals rank as nationwide tops in safety and quality in the latest Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Grade. Of the 113 Illinois hospitals included in the survey, 38 earned an A ranking and none an F. Eleven Illinois hospitals have earned straight A's since the survey began in 2012, including West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. The 226-bed hospital serves the Oak Park, River Forest and Austin communities and is among a handful of facilities in the area that have taken on the role of a pseudo trauma center. READ MORE
Efforts worldwide to immunize children against a host of preventable diseases depend on adherence to recommended immunization schedules. If adhered to, most vaccines will be administered to children by the age of 6 years, and children can receive multiple injections in a single office visit. By the age of 2 years, for example, children in the U.S. can receive up to 24 injections and up to 5 in a single office visit. Among concerns with administering these multiple and frequent immunizations in young children are the potential pain and adverse effects associated with injections. READ MORE
Medical News Today
Rates of new diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are increasing among youth in the United States, according to a report, Incidence Trends of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes among Youths, 2002-2012, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the U.S., 29.1 million people are living with diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes, and about 208,000 people younger than 20 years are living with diagnosed diabetes. READ MORE
This systematic review and meta-analysis suggests an association between increased autism spectrum disorder risk and maternal use of antidepressants during pregnancy; however, it appears to be more consistent during the preconception period than during each trimester. The association was weaker when controlled for past maternal mental illness. READ MORE
Sixteen percent of children in pediatric intensive care units (ICUs) have acute neurological conditions with brain damage due to cardiac arrest, traumatic brain injury, or other causes, reports an international survey study in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. "Children with acute neurologic insults are common in ICUs and are associated with high morbidity and mortality rates and prolonged ICU stays, posing significant challenges to public, family, and individual health," according to the report by the PANGEA Investigators, led by Ericka L. Fink, MD, MS, of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The findings underscore the need for "transformational ideas" to improve outcomes for this large group of critically ill children at high risk of adverse clinical outcomes. READ MORE
Beyond its known links to birth defects and other problems, the Zika virus may also trigger cases of epilepsy in infants, warn experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among 48 babies from Brazil with probable congenital Zika infection, "50 percent reportedly had clinical seizures," said Dr. Daniel Pastula, Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp and Rosemarie Kobau. All three have studied Zika at the CDC, and co-wrote an essay on the Zika-epilepsy connection, published online April 17 in JAMA Neurology. READ MORE