Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
During Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, Feb. 7-14,
the AAP Congenital Heart Public
Health Consortium (CHPHC) is
urging pediatricians to educate
adolescent and young adult patients, as well as their parents, about the unique
care considerations for youths living with a congenital heart defect (CHD).
CHDs are the most common type of birth defect. Due to advances in medical and
surgical therapies, more than 90% of infants born with a CHD will live to see their
18th birthday. Co-management between CHD specialists and primary care providers
is important to address nutritional needs, exercise intolerance or restrictions, as
well as psychosocial or cognitive issues that may arise during the adolescent and
young adult periods.
Anticipatory guidance offered to female patients with respect to healthy sexual
development should take into consideration cardiac-specific risk factors, including
birth control, genetics and the ability to safely carry a pregnancy. Females with a
CHD are eight times more likely to experience cardiovascular complications during
pregnancy than females without a CHD, although the overall risk is relatively low.
Much of the data on CHD patient outcomes remain inaccessible or missing due
to numerous data systems in the U.S. health care system. The CHPHC is focusing
on the advances that combined data could provide to public health outcomes for
CHD patients by enabling health care professionals to evaluate health outcomes,
establish standards of care and identify opportunities to advance care.
Membership in the CHPHC is free. Visit www.chphc.org for more information
about databases for CHD public health. In addition, information to share with patients
of childbearing age can be found at http://bit.ly/2iktI0j. Join a Twitter chat about
the reproductive health of women with a CHD at noon (ET) on Feb. 9 by following
The Academy is a partner with Common
Sense Media in the #DeviceFreeDinner campaign, which aims to help families set media and
technology limits. ;e campaign highlights an
important AAP recommendation that families
designate screen-free times of day, such as during
;e multiyear public awareness campaign encourages families to take a break from device use and enjoy in-person
conversations. Children, along with their parents, spend an average of
nine or more hours with media and technology every day. Research
proves the benefits to kids of family meals, such as vocabulary acquisition, fewer behavior problems, lower rates of substance abuse and
healthier eating patterns.
;e campaign includes broadcast and digital public service announcements to raise awareness about the importance of device-free
dinner. Pediatricians can direct families to www.CommonSense.org/
device-free-dinner to take the challenge in their households. A Starter Kit provides ideas to engage the entire family and start conversations. It also links to the AAP Family Media Use Plan tool on Healthy
Children.org. To review AAP media statements, visit http://bit.ly/AAP
mediastmts. Follow #DeviceFreeDinner on Twitter and Pinterest for
Redesigned AAP patient education brochures Jaundice and Your Newborn,
Starting Solid Foods, Discipline and Your Child,
Puberty, Understanding Autism Spectrum
Disorder and the annual Car Safety Seat
Guide for Families are available. Watch for
other redesigned brochures this year.
Order with promo code REDESIGN17
to save 20% on all patient education brochures and booklets through April 30.
Why should pediatricians participate in Children’s Dental Health
Month? Dental caries is the No. 1
chronic disease a;ecting young children.
;e Academy will focus on weekly
themes in February. Week 1 focuses
on the Importance of Oral Health
Before and During Pregnancy. Week
2 is Early Childhood Oral Health —
Prevention is Key. Week 3 focuses
on Adolescent Oral Health. Week 4
is Oral Health During Childhood
— What Can You Do in Primary
Care? ;e AAP Voices blog (http://
bit.ly/21JYnsu) and Campaign for
Dental Health blog (http://ilikemy
teeth.org/blog/) will feature stories
from pediatricians about oral health,
focused on the four weekly themes.
;e Campaign for Dental Health
health-professionals/, includes infor-
mation on the benefits of communi-
ty water fluoridation and other oral
health topics in English and Spanish.
The American Dental Association’s campaign e;orts focus on promoting fluoride as a way to prevent
caries through its main message to
“Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling
Smile.” Download and print posters
to hang in your o;ce at http://bit.
Those interested in becoming
more involved in children’s oral
health initiatives can join the AAP
Section on Oral Health and find
more resources at http://www2.aap.
Measles educational materials
New educational materials, featuring children’s book characters Ivy and Bean, are available for pediatricians, schools,
child care centers and other child health providers. Designed
by children’s illustrator Sophie Blackall, the materials depict
Ivy and Bean in various scenarios trying to stop the measles.
Each kit, available in English and Spanish, includes posters,
coloring comic books, stickers and temporary tattoos. The resources are free of charge (including delivery) and are available
for a limited time. There is a limit of two kits per order. Visit http://bit.ly/2j4LB3C to create an
account to place and track your order. The Academy is a partner in the educational campaign
with the Measles & Rubella Initiative and others.
Children’s Dental Health Month
Reports on mental health, disasters
• Ready or Not, Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism from the
Trust for America’s Health looks at key indicators of state readiness. Among the findings, just 10 states vaccinated at least half their population against influenza. Twenty-six
states and Washington, D.C., scored a six or lower on 10 key indicators of public health
preparedness. Access an interactive state map and the report at http://healthyamericans.
• Mental Health Services for Latino Youth: Bridging Culture and Evidence from National
Council of La Raza examines the importance of ensuring access to quality, culturally
competent mental health care for Latino youths. The report notes that Latino youths,
especially girls, have a high prevalence of depression. Latino youths also have higher
prevalence of illicit drug and alcohol use. Read the report at http://publications.nclr.org/
AAP patient education brochures, booklets