DC AAP will host our 2016 Annual Spring Dinner & CME Symposium on Thursday, April 14th at 6:00 p.m. at Maggiano’s in Friendship Heights. The topic of this year’s meeting is Understanding and Addressing Toxic Stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences.


Space is limited and filling fast. The symposium will offer up to 2.5 CME credits.

If you have already registered, there is no need to do so again. If you previously registered and are no longer able to attend, please change your registration or e-mail Emily Berg at Emily.Berg@aapdc.org as soon as possible.

As part of our partnership with the Bainum Family Foundation’s Birth-to-Three Policy Alliance, DC AAP is currently working to educate and inform local child health providers about the impact of early childhood toxic stress on brain development and long term health outcomes.

DC AAP’s Annual Spring Dinner and Symposium will include a screening of the documentary Wounded Places (part of The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation series), which offers a transformative shift in thinking about children suffering from trauma …asking not “What’s wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?” The screening will be followed by expert presentations, a shared learning discussion, and a discussion panel/Q & A.


Presenters will include experts in epigenetics, early brain and child development, community and behavioral pediatrics, and federal and state policy:

  • David W. Willis, MD, FAAP, Director of the Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD, Pediatrician and Epidemiologist, BostonMedicalCenter; Founding Director, Vital Village Community Engagement Network
  • Matthew Biel, MD, M.Sc., Division Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; Co-Director, DC Early Childhood Innovation Network
  • Beatriz “BB” Otero, President, Otero Strategy Group; former DC Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services

Symposium Objectives

At the conclusion of the symposium, participants will be able to:

  • Define Adverse Childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Understand the link between ACEs and early brain development/health outcomes
  • Recognize the utility of ACE or toxic stress screening tools in primary care practice
  • Identify strategies and community resources to promote resilience and alleviate toxic stress
  • Name at least one change in practice to trial after this session


DC AAP’s Annual Spring Dinner & Symposium is co-sponsored by The Bainum Family Foundation and The Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation.

There is no charge for DC AAP members. We encourage you to bring colleagues, including members of your office staff. These guests may attend for a nominal fee of $25/person. The fee will be waived for child health providers who choose to become DC AAP members.

We look forward to seeing you at the Spring Meeting for an informative discussion about adverse childhood experiences and the actions child health providers can take to promote resilience and alleviate early childhood toxic stress in patients and families.

CME Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The American Academy of Pediatrics is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

  • The AAP designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • This activity is acceptable for a maximum of 2.50 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 2.50 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.
  • This program is accredited for 2.50 NAPNAP CE contact hours of which 0 contain pharmacology (Rx), (0 related to psychopharmacology) (0 related to controlled substances), content per the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Continuing Education Guidelines.