Thirty-three years ago, the Academy
moved into its newly built headquarters
in Elk Grove Village, Ill., after a carefully planned building and fundraising
The Academy had about 26,000
members and 125 employees. It had
outgrown its current headquarters, so
staff were scattered across extra office
space rented at additional locations in
Evanston, Ill. Then-AAP President R.
Don Blim, M.D., FAAP, acknowledged
that the central office was small and inefficient, and he appointed a committee
to explore solutions.
The only choice was to move else-
where because building codes prevent-
ed the kind of expansion needed for
growth. Extensive visits were made to
various cities before a parcel of land in
Elk Grove Village was purchased.
Richard M. Narkewicz, M.D., FAAP,
chair of AAP District I, was appointed
to chair the committee overseeing building design and construction. A longtime
practitioner, academic and AAP leader,
Dr. Narkewicz (1934-2012) went on to
become AAP president in 1987-’88.
“I’m extremely confident … that
members … will recognize the Academy’s need to grow for the future…” Dr.
Narkewicz said in a recently unearthed
video aimed at members. In the video,
he explains the rationale for a new building, the efforts to secure the right location and a plan to finance the project.
Some of his comments ring true today, as the Academy anticipates the late
fall move to a larger and even more efficient building at a time when the number of employees has grown to 455 and
membership to 66,000 (see resources).
To raise the $8.8 million needed
for the new building in the 1980s, the
Academy turned to private donors,
foundations and corporations, supple-
mented by AAP funds — including its
contingency reserve — and proceeds
from selling the Evanston property. By
all accounts, the campaign was success-
ful: Six committees oversaw the process,
and donations reflected high member-
ship participation. In the end, there was
no need for a mortgage.
Among the events celebrating the new
headquarters was a June 1983 ground-
breaking ceremony where Dr. Narke-
wicz was “dunked” in the pond behind
the building. Some employees began
calling it Lake Narkewicz.
The new AAP building in Itasca, Ill.,
about five miles from Elk Grove Village,
also has an adjacent pond, but there is
no word on whether it will figure into
any move-in activities.
— Alyson Sulaski Wyckoff
After Richard M. Narkewicz, M.D., FAAP, headed up a successful construction
campaign for the Academy’s current headquarters, the festive move-in activities
included “dunking” him in the pond behind the new building.
• AAP News article “Be part of history: a
place to build better future for mem-
bers, children,” http://bit.ly/2x14vma
• AAP For Our Future campaign, http://
App helps parents talk about alcohol with teens
from the AAP Division of Quality
Talk. They Hear
You. is an app from
the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health
Services Administration that coaches
parents on discussing
alcohol and the potential consequences
of misuse with their
The app features an interactive simulation that assists parents in bringing
up the topic of alcohol, informs them of helpful questions to ask and suggests
ways to keep the conversation going.
After opening the app, users choose an avatar and make decisions in the
conversation based on what they believe is the best choice. If the conversation
is not going smoothly, the app offers tips on how parents can modify what they
say or how they say it to steer the conversation in a more productive direction.
Talk. They Hear You. is free and is available for Apple and Android devices.
The app from the App Store is available at http://apple.co/2evBkRk, is compatible with iPhone and iPad and requires iOS 6.0 or later. The app from Google
Play is available at http://bit.ly/2wq2NtE and requires 2. 3 and up.
If you would like to share a first-hand experience using technology, such as software, program, app, widget, etc., to improve patient care or practice management,
email submissions of 250 words or less to Lisa Krams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAP makes pediatric headlines on Latino TV
AAP President Fernando Stein, M.D., FAAP, generated news within the Latino
community as an AAP spokesperson and invited guest on a Spanish-only media tour.
A native of Guatemala, he is the first Latino AAP president. Dr. Stein spoke
with reporters from
Nuevo Dia, CNN
en Contexto, Univision Salud, Univision
Network and South
Florida’s El Sentinel.
AAP messages reached viewers
across the U.S. on
topics such as immunizations and outbreaks, childhood
obesity and immigrant child health.
Interview videos that
circulated on Facebook Live had more
than 50,000 views.
Dr. Stein also was profiled by Univision Online about his experiences as an im-
migrant to the U.S., and he talked about his mission to continue practicing and
immersing himself as part of the “nation’s melting pot.”
View video clip highlights from the day: Telemundo’s “Un Nuevo Dia” (http://
tlmdo.co/2eqjmvK); Univision Network’s “Dr. Juan” program (http://bit.
ly/2wLtAiF); Facebook Live with Univision Salud ( http://bit.ly/2vxWNAB); and
Facebook Live with El Sentinel ( http://bit.ly/2eMmBOE).
Dr. Stein shared the day’s media activities on Twitter. Follow him @AAPPres.
AAP President Fernando Stein, M.D., FAAP, and Juan Rivera, M.D., Univision Network’s chief medical correspondent
and host of the weekly one-hour TV program “Dr. Juan,”
talk about children’s nutrition and obesity prevention.
Obesity affects one in five Latino children in the United