Newsletter October 2017

Steven J. Goldstein, MD, FAAP

Steven J. Goldstein, MD, FAAP

Dear NYS AAP – Chapter 2 Member,

I am pleased to share with you some notes describing our most recent quarterly Chapter 2 Executive Committee Meeting that took place on September 28th at NYU Winthrop Hospital. While not everything discussed at a meeting will be of interest to everyone, much goes on that is relevant to our agenda for children and for pediatric practice.

The Chapter Officers and Committee Chairs work diligently on behalf of the Chapter membership and report on their accomplishments at each meeting. Our meetings are a time for sharing, discussion, and comment. Chapter and District staff and officers report on finances, legislative progress, grants, and educational endeavors. Practical office matters are often discussed by the Pediatric Council, including new coding issues and guidance. Representatives from each of the four county societies in Chapter 2 (Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Pediatric Societies) are also each given an opportunity to present items of interest.

This was the first meeting of my tenure as Chapter President, and there was much to discuss. Some of the highlights and links of interest are presented below. I will focus on other areas of interest in upcoming emails.

Thank you!

Steven J. Goldstein, MD, FAAP
President, NYS AAP – Chapter 2


National Conference and Exhibition (NCE)

The Academy’s National Conference and Exhibition took place in Chicago in September and it was an amazing meeting.  Those of you that have not made it to an NCE are missing something really incredible.  Pediatricians from all over the world come together to learn from each other and share successes and challenges. I always come home feeling energized about Pediatrics.

This year’s keynote speaker on Nurturance and Attachment was Clinical Psychologist Luz Towns-Miranda. She is the mother of Lin-Manuel Miranda, author of the Broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights.


Vote for AAP President Elect by October 15th!

Voting for the AAP President Elect opened at the NCE.  This year the very qualified candidates are Michael Weiss (left) and Kyle Yasuda (right).  Their statements and the ballot can be found at

Please take a moment to review their qualifications and vote.  The election ends on October 15.  Every vote counts.

Let’s see a great turnout from Chapter 2!


National AAP Awards

A number of national awards are announced at the AAP NCE each year. This year, I am pleased to tell you that AAP Past President Benard Dreyer received the Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. His acceptance speech describing his long career and the privilege of working with children was very moving.

Our Chapter 2 Vice President, Shetal Shah, received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Section on Epidemiology, Public Health and Evidence and the Council of Community Pediatrics.

Dina Joy Lieser, former head of our Early Childhood Committee, and now working in Washington, DC, received the Dr. Susan S. Aronson Early Education and Child Care Advocacy Award from the Council on Early Childhood.

Congratulations to the award recipients. We are proud of their accomplishments and their membership in our District and Chapters.


Fundraising for the AAP’s New Headquarters

The AAP is building a new headquarters in Itasca, Illinois with more space for employees and meetings and greatly enhanced capability to host meetings through technology. Click here to learn more about the For Our Future initiativeI donated personally to this crucial initiative and I urge you to do so as well.

The Chapter Executive Committee voted to donate $2000 this year, and $1000 each year for the subsequent 4 years. Chapter members will benefit from increased efficiency at the National level and increased ability to participate in educational endeavors from afar. I am pleased to share that the Nassau Pediatric Society made a donation as well. If the NYS AAP Chapters are successful in raising $50,000, a “New York” room will be named in the new building for the state and those AAP Presidents that came from New York. Your individual gifts will also be credited to this initiative if you mention NYS AAP when you donate.


Disaster Relief

The Chapter made a sizable donation to the Friends of Children Fund for disaster relief in Puerto Rico.

We encourage all of our members to direct their donations there as well, to benefit the children and families affected by Hurricane Maria.

Click here to donate.


New Initiatives and Ongoing Projects

Jack Levine presented a new initiative from The March of Dimes named the IMPLICIT Toolkit. IMPLICIT is the acronym for Interventions to Minimize Preterm and Low Birthweight Infants through Continuous Improvement Techniques. The Chapter, in cooperation with Chapter 3, will be presenting a CME webinar on the toolkit in the near future. The toolkit can be accessed here: There is much discussion about making programs such as this part of Value Based Care, and we recommend that everyone familiarize themselves with the concepts involved.

Rob Lee, Chapter 2 Secretary, presented information about our collaboration with Help Me Grow ( and their efforts to promote developmental and maternal depression screening.

As part of the Chapter’s continued commitment to leadership development, the book Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath was distributed to those in attendance, and a vignette from the book was discussed. If you are interested in paradigms for looking at and instituting change in your work, volunteer, or home environments, I highly recommend the book.

We had updates on our Strategic Planning initiatives, which started during Immediate Past President J. Abularrage’s tenure, followed by committee and liaison reports. Some highlights from these reports include 3 new breastfeeding videos now posted on the Chapter website, an evening in November for Early Career Physicians sponsored by Chapters 2 and 3, and our Director of Policy, Advocacy and External Relations, Elie Ward, continued teaching us about advocacy and her involvement as our voice in discussions around the state that will impact the future of pediatrics in New York.

Outstanding Achievement Awards were presented to David Fagan and Mark Welles for their crucial work as Chairs of the Bullying Prevention Committee. Is a question about bullying part of your well visit template?

The Pediatric Council Update included new guidelines for transitioning patients to adult care available at, and new guidance on what qualifies as a new visit after an immunization visit from AAP coding which can be accessed at

A report from our District Chair Warren Seigel followed, highlighting National AAP issues. Warren represents our three NYS AAP Chapters (Chapters 1, 2 & 3) to the National AAP.

Over this past summer we had staff changes: Jessica Geslani transitioned into her new role as Executive Director of Chapters 2 and 3, and she is thriving. You can reach her with concerns and questions at 516-326-0310 or via email at Elie Ward has retired from her position as Chapter Executive Director, and is now Director of Policy, Advocacy and External Relations for all three Chapters. She is continuing her ongoing involvement in advocacy work at all levels of government and is also assisting with grant management.


Connect with Chapter 2

The Chapter has many opportunities for its members to make a lasting contribution to child health in our communities. Our committees welcome new members and ideas. Please visit the Chapter 2 website at and contact us or a committee chair to get involved. Put a visit to our website on your weekly to-do list, as we frequently update the site.

Follow us on Twitter: @NYSAAPCH2. I can be followed @SteveGoldstei10. Let me know if you would like to learn how to use Twitter.

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