Development Screening

2017 Training Opportunities

In support of the effort to have all children in Orange County receive developmental & behavioral screenings with evidence based screening tools, Help me grow is offering the following trainings on the Ages & Stages Questionnaires: Third Edition (ASQ-3), Ages & Stages Questionnaires: Social Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ:SE-2), Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) and Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-up (M-CHAT-R/F).

Trainer: Lacey Ginter

Participants: Professional from fields of early childhood education, early intervention, social services, mental health, health care or anyone interested in learning about one of these norms referenced screening tools.

Registration: To register go to www.helpmegrowoc.org and choose “Training Opportunities”

For additional information call (949) 267-0310 or email helpmegrow@hs.uci.edu

ASQ-3

Monday, April 10, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Help Me Grow Orange County

2500 Red Hill Avenue, Suite 290B

Santa Ana, 92705

ASQ:SE-2

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Help Me Grow Orange County

2500 Red Hill Avenue, Suite 290B

Santa Ana, 92705

PEDS

Friday, May 5, 2017 Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Help Me Grow Orange County

2500 Red Hill Avenue, Suite 290B

Santa Ana, 92705

M-CHAT-R/F

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Help Me Grow Orange County

2500 Red Hill Avenue, Suite 290B

Santa Ana, 92705

Registration fees for individual or working in Orange County

ASQ -3

$45

ASQ:SE-2

$45

M-CHAT-R/F

$45

PEDS

$35

Registration fees for individual or working outside of Orange County ASQ-3

$80

ASQ:SE-2

$80

M-CHAT-R/F

$80

PEDS

$50

Because Being a Child Should Not Hurt…

Announcing April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Orange County to Launch Month-Long “Keep Kids Safe” Awareness Campaign

(April 2017 – OC, CA) – Press Release

According to the latest issue of the Conditions of Children Report, based on 2015 data there were 31,958 reported cases of suspected child abuse and neglect in Orange County, and of those more than 5,000 were substantiated. Research shows that child abuse and neglect occurs in every city in Orange County. While the numbers have dropped over the past 15 years, child abuse and neglect still remain a humanitarian issue in Orange County and nationwide.

Click to view entire press release: Blue Ribbon Press Release April 2017

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23rd Annual Blue Ribbon Month Kick-Off Ceremony

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Location: Bowers Museum (outdoor courtyard)

2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana

Time: 9:00 AM- 10:15 AM

Join us to kick off “National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.” Help us honor the memory of local children who died from child abuse and neglect, and hear the latest on what is being done to help prevent and stop the cycle of child abuse and neglect in Orange County. Applaud inspiring Blue Ribbon heroes, enjoy a Blue Ribbon youth art exhibit, and leave with important lifesaving information to share with others. It’s important to attend!

EMCEE 

Vikki Vargas, Orange County Bureau Chief, NBC4 Southern California 

A vital part of the NBC4 news team for 30 years, Vikki Vargas gathers and re ports on Orange County’s major news stories. She is recognized for her versatility and journalistic integrity, as evidenced by the numerous industry awards sh has earned – among them the Orange county Press club’s highest honor, a Golden  Mike, and part of the team that won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for :Best Newscast.” She is equally as passionate about helping the community, providing numerous volunteer hours to her alma mater California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), and working with foster youth at Orangewood Children’s Foundation.

IMPACT SPEAKER 

Mark Casa, Former Foster Youth and Inspiring Young Adult 

Being abused and neglected, homeless, separated from six of his seven siblings, and entering the foster care system all took place during Mark’s childhood. He now thrives as a Guardian Scholar, senior in college, Peer Mentor, California Youth Ambassador, Foster Youth Outreach Coordinator, and recipient of international and local awards. He also has helped children during his studies abroad and while inspiring legislative bills to advocate for foster  youth. Next he plans to pursue a Master’s Degree and career in social work and social policy.

Kindly RSVP your attendance by March 31st

kickoff.ocblueribbon.org

Need MOC? AAP-OC Chapter Providing 2 New QI Projects for 2017

AAP District Hub & Spoke Initiative Focused on Improving HPV Vaccination Rates

Dear Pediatric Leader,

The Orange County Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-OC) would like to invite you to participate in the AAP District Hub and Spoke Initiative Focused on Improving HPV Vaccination Rates.  The project is a quality improvement (QI) effort amongst 7-10 Orange County practices.  The aim is to improve the initiation of the HPV series among patients 11 through 13 years in our Chapter.

Pediatricians participating in this QI project will earn 25 American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) part 4 credits upon successful completion of the project.  The project will begin in January 2017 and run through September.  MOC credits will be awarded in 2017.

In addition to MOC credit, participating pediatricians will receive educational resources, incentives for staff, and access to experts in infectious diseases and quality improvement.  This project will also utilize the AAP’s Quality Improvement Data Aggregator (QIDA) as the project data collection tool and access will be provided free for all of the participants during the duration of the project.

Why join a learning collaborative?

Physicians who participate in improvement work are more likely to make and sustain positive changes when they are supported by their practice members and colleagues outside their practice.  Practices participating in this project will be working in collaboration with other pediatricians and experts and will be sharing what they have learned via learning sessions and conference calls.

What are the benefits of participation?

Participation in this project provides many benefits to participating teams:

  • Improved patient care and HPV initiation rates.
  • Earn ABP MOC Part 4 credit.
  • Improve the efficacy and efficiency of your office system and workflow.
  • Network with other pediatricians engaged in QI work.
  • Transform your practice to provide better care on a population basis.

What is expected of participating practices?

From January 2017 through September 2017, 7-10 practices from Orange County will participate in a learning collaborative designed to implement process improvements to increase HPV vaccination rates.

The project will consist of four PDSA (plan/do/study/act) action cycles.  Each cycle will begin with a lunchtime learning session where the teams will discuss the previous cycle and will be introduced to a new improvement intervention.  During these cycles, participating practices will have the opportunity to implement and measure their progress toward meeting improvement goals.

Participating practices will be responsible to:

  • Attend and participate in all four lunchtime learning sessions.
  • Participate in conference calls if needed.
  • Implement each of the four interventions (one per cycle). The interventions will be simple and will involve small changes in the way the physician or practice will interact with patients needing an HPV vaccination.
  • Complete data collection. We anticipate each practice will collect data on 20 patients for each cycle, as well as a baseline cycle of 20 patients.  Each cycle will last 6 weeks.  Data collection will be simple and will involve a short questionnaire about each of the 20 patient encounters.

If you are interested in participating or receiving more information about the AAP-OC’s HPV Quality Improvement project, please contact Jamie McDonald, the executive director of the AAP-OC, at jamie@aap-oc.org or at 949-752-2787.

Thank you very much for your interest in this exciting new AAP chapter program.

Sincerely,

Eric Ball, MD                                                                          Jamie McDonald, MPH

Vice President, AAP-Orange County                                     Executive Director, AAP-Orange County

HPV Project Physician Lead                                                  HPV Project Manager

HPV QI Project Leadership Team

Tami Alkosser, MD
Jennifer Johnson, MD
Nivedita More, MD
Harry Pellman, MD
Ashley Sandoval, MD
Jasjit Singh, MD

CQN U.S. Immunizations Quality Improvement Project

Dear Healthcare Leader,

The American Academy of Pediatrics-Orange County Chapter would like to invite you to participate in the Chapter Quality Network (CQN) U.S. Immunizations Project. The project is led by the national office of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and is providing our chapter with tools, resources and technical support to lead a quality improvement (QI) effort amongst 10 to 15 local pediatric practices. The project aim is to improve vaccination rates for children up to two years of age across the United States. This project is funded by an independent grant from Pfizer, Inc.

Fifty (50) points of American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) part 4 performance in practice credit will be offered for successful completion of the project and will be awarded in two cycles in 2017 (25 points) and 2018 (25 points).

In addition to educational resources, support for the program includes access to a Quality Improvement Coach (QIC). The QIC will help chapters and practices as they make system-based changes that improve immunization rates including patient reminders and recalls, as well as working in partnership with their state immunization registry.  The AAP’s Quality Improvement Data Aggregator (QIDA) will be the project data collection tool and access will be provided free of charge for the all participants during the duration of the project. The national office will provide monthly data reports on practice performance.

Why join a learning collaborative?

Physicians who participate in improvement work are more likely to make and sustain changes when they are supported by their practice members and colleagues outside their practice. Practices participating in this project will be working with a core QI team from their office and will be sharing what they have learned with the other participating practices in their chapter via conference calls and electronic communication. Past CQN participants have reported increases in leadership skills, and increased adherence to national pediatric guidelines.

What are the benefits of participation?

Participation in this project provides many benefits to participating teams:

  • Improve patient care and immunization rates for your practice
  • Earn ABP MOC Part 4 credit and Performance Improvement Continuing Medical Education (PI CME) credit
  • Demonstrate improvements at the practice level through monthly data reports showing progress on key quality indicators
  • Improve the efficacy and efficiency of your office system
  • Access to national QI experts and coaching, including feedback about progress
  • Network with other pediatricians engaged in QI work
  • Transform your practice to provide better quality care on a population basis

What is expected of participating practices?

From February 2017 through February 2018, 10 to 15 pediatric practices from Orange County will participate in a learning collaborative designed to implement immunization process improvements to increase rates as well as working closely with registry management staff in your state.

Selected teams will participate in 4 learning sessions (2 in-person, 2 via webinar), followed by action periods where they will have the opportunity to test changes in their clinical setting. During the action periods, sites will measure their progress toward improvement goals. Expert faculty will coach teams to assist them in applying key changes to their office/clinics.

Participating practices will work with a multi-disciplinary “core QI team” of clinical and administrative staff from their office to improve immunizations rates. The practice team will be responsible for:

  1. Form a core team with at least three members, including:
    • A physician leader;
    • A nurse, nurse practitioner or medical assistant; and
    • Administrative staff or an office manager.
  2. Complete the work outlined in the CQN U.S. Immunizations Pre-work Packet collecting baseline rates.
  3. Attend and participate in all four learning sessions. Specifically, the physician leader must attend.
  4. Attend monthly conference calls with other participating practices to review data and share best practices.
  5. Complete data collection and entry into QIDA.
  6. Complete surveys to identify project barriers and strategies to overcome barriers.
  7. All actively participating providers must enter the minimum requirement for monthly data and conduct small tests of change.
  8. Post, share and review practice level data transparently with all clinicians in the practice and across the CQN collaborative.
  9. For coaching purposes, share individual physician performance data with the practice physician leader and chapter leadership team.

If you are interested in participating or receiving more information about this quality Improvement project, please contact the AAP-OC offices at info@aap-oc.org or at 949-752-2787.

Thank you very much for your interest in this new AAP chapter program.

Sincerely,

Eric Ball, MD                                                               Jasjit Singh, MD

Vice President, AAP-Orange County Chapter                  CHOC Children’s Department of Infectious Disease

CQN Immunization Project Physician Lead                     CQN Immunization Subject Matter Expert

Bianca Tomuta, BS                                                     Jamie McDonald, MPH

CQN Immunization Project Manager                              Executive Director, AAP – Orange County Chapter

“Cards for Kids”
4th Annual Fundraiser
and Casino Gala

Stay tuned for more information on our 4th Annual Gala – April 22, 2017

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Disaster Preparedness

Eric Dziuban

Thank you for attending this informative event.
Here are the presentations as promised.
For those who could not be with us, we hope you find them useful.

Eric Dziuban, MD, DTM, FAAP
Team Lead, Children’s Preparedness Unit
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Dziuban Presentation PDF


Michele Cheung, MD, MPH, FAAP,
OC Health Care Agency
Michele Cheung Presentation PDF


Jason Beach, RCP, BSHM, MPH,
OC Health Care Agency
Jason Beach Presentation PDF


Detective Victor Ojeda,
Huntington Beach Police Department
Active Shooter at Hospital Handout
Active Shooter Event Brochure

Provided in part through a grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Disaster Preparedness and Response