Caring for Children and Youth with Epilepsy Webinars @ Webinar
Feb 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ National Coordinating Center for Epilepsy is hosting a webinar series, Caring for Children and Youth with Epilepsy: What Primary Care Providers Need to Know.  The series, developed with the organizations participating on the CYE Stakeholder Forum, will educate primary care providers on their role in diagnosing, treating, and managing children and youth with seizures.  Topics that will be covered include but are not limited to: 

  • Epilepsy and Seizures Overview 
  • Testing and Diagnosis  
  • Comorbidities of Children and Youth with Seizures 
  • Care Coordination 
  • Seizure Management and Safety  
  • Communicating with Schools 
  • Transition  

 Webinars will be held from 11am-12pm CT starting February 21, 2019 and will provide CME credit at no cost. To register click here. 

For questions, contact Alexis Katzenbach: 

Don’t Be Lost in Transition @ Webinar
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Don’t Be Lost in Transition: Prepare & efficiently transfer youth with & without special health care needs to adult medical care



This webinar is geared towards general pediatricians and pediatric specialists interested in improving their processes of care around transitioning children with and without special healthcare needs to adult care.


1.  Identify methods to assess and address readiness to transition among adolescents/young adults and their families.

2.  Identify best practices around identifying and building relationships with adult providers.

3.  Identify best practices around transferring a child’s care to adult providers.


Lynn F. Davidson, MD, FAAP is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, (CHAM). Her published research and passion focus on improving provider practice in preparing youth for transition to adult medical practices. Dr. Davidson serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Executive Committee of the Council on Children with Disabilities (COCWD). She has been the Co-Chair of the NYS AAP – Chapter 3 Committee on Children with Disabilities since 2007, and has been a Chapter member for 20 years.

Sophia Jan, MD, MSHP, FAAP is the Chief of General Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Medical Director of Northwell Health’s Health Homes Serving Children Case Management Program. Her research examines health outcomes and variations in care as adolescents and young adults with chronic conditions, particularly those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, transition from pediatric to adult healthcare systems. Prior to joining Northwell Health, Dr. Jan spent 8 years at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she founded and became the medical director of a multidisciplinary consult service helping pediatric patients navigate and transition to adult care.


Contact Jessica Geslani at

Annual Leadership Forum
Mar 14 – Mar 17 all-day
Working with Challenging Patients & Families: Maximizing Your Clinical Effectiveness
Mar 16 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Workshop offered by The REACH Institute:

Behavioral health concerns, including poor medication adherence, vague health complaints, and even explicit psychiatric conditions are very common challenges within health care settings, yet many patients and/or caregivers do not reliably report such concerns to their medical care providers, and may even seem resistant to physician interventions.  Even when patients or parents report concerns and receive referrals for mental health services, nearly 40% of such referrals are never completed.

Primary care providers and medical specialty providers face special challenges engaging the patients and families when emotional and behavioral difficulties are present.  Learning new strategies to work with difficult-to-treat patients will enhance your clinical effectiveness, improve your patient outcomes, decrease unnecessary medical procedures, and reduce your costs of care.

Using evidence-based, hands-on training strategies with many opportunities for observation and practice, this workshop will give physicians and other health care providers enhanced skills and confidence working with challenging patients and families with behavioral health concerns.  Small group exercises will be co-facilitated by mental health and primary care clinicians experienced in clinician training. Learners will learn new, effective methods to build patient trust and engagement, and enlist challenging patients and families as partners in their care and treatment.

Join this unique opportunity to maximize your clinical outcomes with difficult-to-treat patients and families.

Cost:               $200 includes breakfast andlunch


Questions?       Contact Lisa Hunter Romanelli,Ph.D.

CME Accreditation

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and The REACH Institute.  University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Advocacy Day 2019 @ University Club
Mar 19 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Annual Lobby Day

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 19, 2019
WHERE:  University Club, 151 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Come to the State Capitol and
Advocate for Kids and Pediatricians!
REGISTER NOW for the NYS AAP’s Annual Advocacy Day!
  • Hear the Chairs of the Health Committees in the State Senate and the State Assembly discuss priority issues for children’s health in the 2018 Legislative Session and Budget Negotiations.
  • Hear Decision Makers in the State Department of Health and the State Department of Financial Services Health Insurance Unit talk about the new opportunities and challenges this year.
  • Ask questions and participate in a give and take with State leaders.
  • Meet with Your legislators in their offices and talk with them about our priorities for the Children and Families of New York.
8:00 am: Registration / Breakfast
9:00 am: Morning Session – Legislature & State Agency Leader Presentations:
12:00 pm: Afternoon Session – Lunch / Legislator Visits
3:30 pm: Adjourn

Breakfast and lunch included / no charge for Chapter members

Bring Your Voice to Albany on March 19th!

     The very good news is that many of our priorities have been included in the Governor’s State of the State and 2019-20 Budget presentation. And the fact that we have both houses of the legislature led by a progressive Speaker and a progressive Majority Leader bodes well for getting our priorities passed this year.
     But, we will still have to fight hard to get our priorities for children and families passed this year as there are a multitude of competing issues that will be pushed by our fellow advocates. We cannot let the “Priorities for Children” fall off the table as the session heats up.
Major Initiatives We Support That Are Outlined in the Governor’s Proposals Include:
  • Tobacco 21: raising the age of tobacco/e-cig purchase to 21
  • Prohibiting the Sale of Liquid Flavorings for E-Cigs
  • No Tobacco or E-Cig sold in pharmacies
  • Disclosure of Toxics in Personal Care Products
  • Disclosure of Toxics in Children’s Products, clothing, toys & accessories
  • Lead Blood Action Level Lowered to 5mg/dL (from the current 10)
     These are legislative initiatives that we will work on to get passed in the legislature as early in the session as possible. I will be providing bill numbers shortly, but right now, if you speak with your state legislators, these are the key issues to bring up, along with the following:
     Not Included in the Governor’s Proposals, but included in the Legislative Gun Safety Package, are two bills that we will focus our advocacy on:
  • Gun Safe Storage
  • Gun Purchase Age Raised to 21
     The potential for us to get these two vital child focused gun safety bills passed is stronger this year with good and supportive friends in the legislature.
     Parts of the Governor’s Proposals that we support and that have already been passed by the legislature include:
  • Reproductive Health Act: securing access to all reproductive health care services for the families of New York
  • Crime Victims Act: providing access to look back and extension of statute of limitations for victims of abuse in public and private institutions
  • Gun Safety Laws: including, Extreme Risk Protection Orders, 10 Day Waiting Period to purchase a gun, banning bumpstocks.
  • Dream Act: providing Dreamers access to financial aid for tuition to help pay for higher education
Our Legislative Priorities, beyond what the Governor and the Legislatures are proposing, include:
  • Mandating Annual Flu Immunization for Participation in Infant & Child Care
  • Safe Storage of Firearms (work is ongoing with legislative sponsors to make several technical amendments)
  • Gun purchase Age of 21
  • Fair Payment for Vaccines
  • Collective Bargaining Rights for Physicians
     Will also be exploring creation of a central statewide decision making body to review all requests for Religious Exemptions from Immunization requirements. This would address the current uneven decision making across School Districts and provide a consistent and rational process reflective of the intent of the existing law. NYC has a central decision making process within its Department of Health & Mental Health, at the Bureau of Immunization. The state should have a similar consistent process across schools and districts.
     Requiring staff in the NICU’s to have either proof of current TDAP immunization, or wear a mask, is another option for legislation we are exploring.
     We also encourage you to talk with your legislator about NYS moving toward a Medical Exemption only protocol for required immunizations. This is a year to explore the level of support and the level of opposition to this option.
     There is a lot to do, and things are moving very fast here in Albany.
     But as always, we are and must continue to be the voice for children across our state.

University Club
141 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY
(Transportation will be available)


Adolescent Sexual Health Symposium @ CUNY Graduate Center
Mar 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners who provide direct care to adolescent patients are welcome to attend.  See Flyer.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) for this activity is pending. Final information will be posted to the registration page.

Online registration required.  Please visit here to register.

Chapter 2 Executive Meeting @ NYU Winthrop
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Chapters 2 and 3 Executive Committee Meeting @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Districts II and IX Meeting @ AAP Headquarters
Jul 25 – Jul 28 all-day
AAP 2019 National Convention & Exposition @ New Orleans, LA
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 29 @ 5:00 pm

The 2019 AAP National Conference will be held in New Orleans, LA on October 25-29, 2019.  Sessions will begin on Friday, and registration will open on May 1, 2019.  Information about the National Conference can be found at: