AAP District II is funded by your NY Chapter dues                                                  January 2016   

In This Report
Legislative Update
NYS AAP Advocacy Day
Dr. Laraque Steps Down as District Chair
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January 14, 2016
12:00 PM
Meningococcal Vaccine:
You're Not Done if You Give Only One
NYSDOH Bureau of Immunization Webinar
January 14, 2016
4:00 PM
To Engage or Not to Engage: That is the question for social media comments
CDC Adolescent Immunization Webinar Series
January 22, 2016
11:00 AM 
But I saw it on the internet! Addressing safety concerns that have gone viral
CDC Adolescent Immunization Webinar Series
January 29, 2016
11:00 AM
Harnessing Enthusiasm: Real world examples of engaging partners in social media discussions
CDC Adolescent Immunization Webinar Series
March 17, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
NYS Pediatric Advocacy Conference
Columbia University Medical Center, NYC
March 22, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Advocacy Day


CDC Webinar Recording
HPV Vaccine Recommendation Update




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Dear Chapter Member, Dr. Danielle Laraque


I would like to wish you a Happy New Year.
There is much ahead of us and the NYS AAP leadership is ready to partner with you to achieve our goals.  
Please read on for details.
Danielle Laraque, MD, FAAP
Chair, NYS AAP, District II
Legislative Update

As a review, the NYS AAP accomplished much in 2015.  We can celebrate making New York one of the few states that require a meningococcal vaccination booster for middle school children.  We were able to lobby effectively to have pregnancy be an event to trigger access to health insurance in the NYS.  This ensures healthier pregnancies and healthier newborns in every part of the state.
Despite these successes, much remains to be done.  This includes support for: Paid Family Leave, Raising the Minimum Wage for all workers, making New York a medical exemption state for immunization in similar fashion to California, requiring influenza immunization each year for infants and children in child care and early education programs, securing state funding to expand Reach Out & Read, and Raising the Age for Criminal Proceedings.*  Many important child and family issues were left unsettled last year.

* Bill numbers and text will be available after January 13th when the Governor gives his State of the State and Budget presentation and the legislation session actually begins.
NYS AAP Advocacy Day
March 22, 2016

To help focus our advocacy efforts this year, the NYS AAP will have its Advocacy Day on March 22nd, at the University Club in Albany.  
We will be inviting key legislators and key members of the Governor's staff to talk with us about priorities for children and families in New York.  The March 22nd date will allow us time to create our Policy & Legislative Agenda before key decision makers.  It will also provide us with ample time to assess the positions of our Senators and Assembly members on our key issues.  And, we will still have time to weigh in on budget issues which can and will impact children and families.
Mark your calendar now and make your plans to join us in the State Capitol to meet state decision makers and have the opportunity to meet with YOUR state legislator to talk about our issues.  The voice of the AAP continues to be a strong voice in support of children, families and communities.  I thank you all for your Chapter membership that is directly responsible for supporting the NYS AAP's advocacy work at the state level.  It has been my privilege to lead you as the NYS AAP, District II Chair.  
Dr. Laraque Steps Down as District Chair

As some of you may know, I have accepted the position of President of SUNY Upstate Medical University and will begin my tenure on January 14, 2016.  With this new and exciting responsibility comes a move to Syracuse, NY and a significant increase in work and travel requirements.  Recognizing that I will need to give my full attention to the new role, I am reluctantly stepping down as Chair of the NYS AAP, District II.
My affection and commitment to the District remain strong.  I will continue to be an active AAP member and have founded and agreed to Co-Chair a new National AAP Task Force entitled Research, Openness and Advocacy for Diversity and Inclusion (ROADI) in support of the AAP's commitment to increasing the diversity of its members and leaders to achieve all that we can achieve.  In that context, I will be happy to work with the District on increasing member and leadership diversity in support of its diverse NY communities as well as any other issues relevant to the health of our population.  
Our NYS AAP District II is strong and I am confident that Dr. Warren Seigel, our District Vice-Chair, has both the passion and commitment to steer the District on a steady path as your new District Chair.  I encourage you to offer Warren both your well wishes and your active support as the District continues to work hard to be a strong and incredible voice for children and families across New York State.

As we start this New Year, many changes are ahead, but the work to improve the lives of children and families and to strengthen the profession of pediatrics remains our focus.  I am confident that together we will make the positive changes needed.  Thank you.  I have been honored to serve as your District Chair for the past four years.  Be well.

District II (New York State), American Academy of Pediatrics
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