Newsletter January 2018

Steven J. Goldstein, MD, FAAP

Steven J. Goldstein, MD, FAAP

Dear NYS AAP – Chapter 2 Member,

The Officers and Staff of Chapter 2 would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year and thank you again for all that you do to care for the children and families we serve.
Our last Chapter Executive Committee meeting took place on November 16, 2017 at the Douglaston Club.  We had a packed agenda and would like to share some of the presentation highlights with you.  Please read on for more details.

  1. Anti-Bullying PSA – The meeting began with an anti-bullying video that is worth viewing and can be shared with patients. Some offices have added screening questions about bullying to their EMR templates.  Contact our Bullying Prevention Committee Co-Chairs if you are interested in working with them: David Fagan and Mark Welles.
  2. Leadership Development – At our September meeting, a copy of Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath (Broadway Books, 2010) was distributed. During our November meeting a facilitator in Maryland discussed the book’s lessons via FaceTime. We highly recommend this book as it teaches a framework for instituting change in institutions and in your personal life. This initiative is part of the Chapter’s ongoing commitment to Leadership Training as part of our Strategic Plan.  Click Here for a short summary and interview with the authors.
  3. Strategic Plan Work Groups – Our Strategic Plan Work Groups gave the following updates on their work:
      •  Goal #1:  Breast Feeding: Increase the numbers of mothers breastfeeding by establishing joint programs PRENATALLY with obstetrics both in private practice settings and in hospital settings to introduce a patient education program to encourage breast feeding after delivery.  Webinars will be posted on the Chapter 2 website.
      •  Goal #2: Increase Rates of Immunization: To increase rates of HPV vaccination.  The Chapter participated in a statewide Hub & Spoke project on HPV.
      • Goal #1: Increase Effective Communication – View our blog posts on the Chapter website and follow us on Twitter:
        • @NYSAAPCh2 for the Chapter
        • @SteveGoldstei10 for Chapter President, Steve Goldstein
        • @NICUBatman for Chapter Vice President, Shetal Shah
      • Let us know if you need instruction to participate in Twitter and we can help! Become a Tweetiatrician and add your voice to advocate for kids.
      • Goal #1: Develop Plan to Encourage Early Career Pediatricians to Join Chapter Through Education and Social Events.  The first of our joint endeavors with Chapter 3 was a networking event for Early Career Physicians on November 8th at Black Door in NYC.  It was a great night!
      • Goal #2: Training and Teaching Opportunities for Advocacy: Provide accessible and relevant training sessions/webinars for members to learn advocacy skills and opportunities for advocacy.  Join the NYS AAP Chapters on March 6, 2018, for our 2018 Annual Advocacy Day in Albany, one of the highlights of the year.  As a group we will hear from legislators and then visit with our representatives to advocate for children.  This is a great introduction to advocacy and also to learn how the Chapters support initiatives that benefit children and the practice of pediatrics. Information to sign up for this exciting day will be available soon.
      • Goal #3: Leadership Training: Provide CME programs on leadership for pediatricians.  Switch was part of this initiative.  Stay tuned for the next program!
  4. Chapter Committee, Council & Liaison Updates:  The Committee Chairs and the Committees presented their recent activities:
    • Bullying Prevention Committee: Multiple anti-bullying presentations to students
    • Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics: Working on developmental screening, Medicaid/insurance coverage, learning disabilities resources, and more.
    • Early Career Physician Committee: Community health fair and Networking evening
    • Environmental Health: Multiple advocacy presentations
    • Fetus and Newborn:  November 8th conference on Pulmonary Hypertension
    • Foster/Kinship Care Committee: Developing resource list and trauma informed care training
    • International Pediatrics: Promoting local pediatricians’ international initiatives
    • Legislative Committee: Multiple meetings for advocacy at various government levels
    • Nutrition Committee: Focus on education. Multiple handouts on the Chapter website.
    • Quality Improvement: New focus and initiative for the Chapter
    • Yoga and Meditation: Focus on Physician Wellness
    • Youth and Adolescence: Concussion guidelines
    Council & Liaison Updates:
    • Pediatric Council: Info on how to sign up for Advanced Primary Care will be posted to the Chapter website within the next few days
    • Breastfeeding: Coordination with other committees
    • Early Hearing Detection Intervention:  Attended multiple EHDI stakeholder meetings
    • CATCH:  Two grant applications submitted from Chapter 2
    • Chapter Early Childhood Champion: Dr. Victoria Chen is taking over for Dr. Dina Lieser
    • Immunization:  Ongoing QI immunization program for practices
    • Inpatient Pediatrics: Coordination with NY Pediatric Hospitalist Collaborative
    • Mental Health: CAP-PC Initiative continues. Visit for more info.
    • Webmaster:  Constant updates. Check the website at least weekly.
  5. New Chapter Parent Committee – Call for Nominations – The Chapter is accepting nominations for its Parents Committee. Committee members will work with other Chapter Committees to offer their perspective and insights for our initiatives.  Attendance at some meetings will be part of their responsibilities.  If you know of parents that can aid the Chapter, please forward their contact information to our Executive Director, Jessica Geslani, at

  6. County Pediatric Societies – The component societies of the Chapter, the Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk Pediatric Societies, then delivered their reports. See each society’s website for more information. Here is a brief summary of their recent programs:
    • Brooklyn: November: ER Roundtable, February 2018: ENT Roundtable
    • Queens: October: Preemie Nutrition and Growth, December: Pediatric Ophthalmology
    • Nassau: October: Zika and Travel Related Illness, December: “Help Me Grow”
    • Suffolk: November: Presentation on Bullying
  7. Stay Connected / Upcoming Events – What was presented above is only a small part of what goes on in the Chapter, not only for the benefit of the patients we serve, but also for our members. Please look at the Chapter website each week to see upcoming events and new posts from the committees.  We keep the site current:
    • The NYS AAP’s Annual Advocacy Day on March 6th in Albany.  Watch for invitations and bus information
    • A Networking Event for Current Members
    • A Webinar on Transitioning Patients to Adult Care
    • A Program on Wellness for Pediatricians
With our best wishes for the upcoming year,
Steve Goldstein, MD, FAAP
Chapter President
and the Officers:
Shetal Shah, Vice President
Robert Lee, Secretary
Sara Kopple, Treasurer