Adolescent Reproductive Health



  • Advocacy On Call
    National advocacy website built by providers for providers containing health policy information on numerous children’s health topics





The American Academy of Pediatrics is happy to share the following resources to enhance autism awareness:

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  • DC Breastfeeding Coalition
    A partnership of advocates and agencies working to promote the benefits of early and continued breastfeeding. The website includes breastfeeding resources for providers.


Clinical & Practice Management

  • Coding Resources
    Includes fact sheets, coding and payment policies, and resources for evaluation and management.
  • DC Health Check
    Medicaid Provider Training & Resources
  • Immunization Registry
    DC Department of Health immunization documents, forms, links, reports and database access
  • Pediatric Care Online
    Quick reliable pediatric point of care information and solutions for your every day clinical needs
  • Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE)
    Helpful tools, including links to the currently recommended PPE forms on the AAP’s website, as well as further information on the PPE Preparticipation Physical Evaluation monograph


Community Health

  • DC Health Matters
    Web-based information portal that provides timely, local and actionable community health information to researchers and community-based organizations


Early Childhood Development

  • Early Stages Outreach Services
    Early Stages is the District of Columbia Public Schools diagnostic center for children between the ages of 2 years 8 months and 5 years 10 months.


Early Literacy

  • AAP Books Build Connections Toolkit
    Looking for information about early literacy and early learning? Find it in 1 of 12 publications in the AAP’s Books Build Connections Toolkit. The toolkit includes early literary resources for pediatric professionals and families.
  • Reach Out and Read
    Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by integrating children’s books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits.



  • Lead Poisoning Prevention
    A CDC resource that includes prevention tips, data and surveillance, tools and training kits, and policy resources.
  • Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (MACCHE)
    An environmental health pediatric specialty unit located at Children’s National Medical Center. MACCHE educates health professional, parents, and the public about the needs and risks of children in the context of environmental health.
  • National Environmental Education Foundation – Children and Nature Initiative
    Online resource for environmental learning.
  • Park Rx America is a Community Health Initiative of health providers, the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, National Park Service, DC Departments of Health and Parks and Recreation, US Health and Human Services, National Environmental Education Foundation, George Washington University, National American Academy of Pediatrics, and National Recreation and Parks Association.

    Short-term goal:

    • Prescribe NATURE to patients and families to encourage outside time in one of 350 green spaces/parks rated in Washington, DC

    Long-term goal:

    • Decrease impact of non-communicable chronic disease like obesity, asthma, and mental health disorders AND create the next generation of environmental stewards
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of prescribing nature with regard to behavioral and attitudinal changes in both health providers and patients
    • Park Rx America Park Finder is an online search tool that enables users to quickly find a nearby park using only a zip code. The Park Finder’s search results deliver the names and addresses of all parks located within a given radius.
  • Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU)
    Provides specialty medical education and consultation on natural or human-made environmental hazards.
    Factsheets: Arsenic in Food, Autism and the Environment, Chelation Therapy
  • Tobacco and Second Hand Smoke
    Online resource for clinicians, researchers, communities, educators, parents and families- from the AAP Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence.


Fetus and Newborn

    Your Source for Genetic Information and Support
  • Quick Reference Guide to Neonatal Coding and Documentation
    The Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine is excited to offer this new edition of the Quick Reference Guide to Neonatal Coding and Documentation. This publication is the definitive source on all aspects of neonatal coding including recommendations on best practices for choosing the proper CPT codes, documentation guidelines and a deeper understanding of the RBRVS system.

    QRG-Order-Form-1New in this edition is a chapter on correct coding for the follow up care of the NICU graduate. Perhaps most importantly, this book is being released at a critical time with the start of ICD-10. The Guide contains information on how to crosswalk from ICD-9 to ICD-10. All of these components make the Second Edition of the Quick Reference Guide the ultimate source for neonatal coding and documentation and hence an invaluable tool for neonatologists and their billing staff.

    Download Order Form »

    For ordering information contact Jim Couto at


Gun Violence Prevention


Health Care Reform

  • DC Health Link
    DC Health Link is an on-line marketplace created for individuals, families, small business owners and their employees in the District of Columbia to shop, compare, and select health insurance that meets their health needs and budgets.
  • Kids Well Campaign
    National advocacy campaign focused on successful health care reform implementation on behalf of children, providing timely, easy-to-understand health care reform news and analysis


HPV Vaccine


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HPV Vaccine Provider Education Video

This video provides up-to-date information about the burden of HPV-related disease, the rationale behind vaccinating pre-teens prior to sexual debut, the clear need for boys as well as girls to receive HPV vaccination, and vaccine safety information. The video features 8 case vignettes in which doctors demonstrate effective counseling strategies, incorporating the latest available evidence, to address the concerns of vaccine-hesitant parents. Thank you to the AAP-CA3 HPV Sub-Committee for sharing this information. Video in full or by segment can be found at:

9-valent Guidance Factsheet


CDC Information Guide

A 9-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (Gardasil 9, Merck & Co., Inc) was licensed for use in females and males in the United States in December 2014. 1,2,3,4 9-valent HPV vaccine is the third HPV vaccine licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); the other vaccines are bivalent HPV vaccine, licensed for use in females, and quadrivalent HPV vaccine, licensed for use in females and males. The information here summarizes some of the recommendations included in the Policy Note and provides additional guidance for issues that were not addressed in the Policy Note but are likely to arise during the transition from quadrivalent HPV vaccine to 9-valent HPV vaccine.

View CDC Information Guide on the 9-Valent Vaccine »


Material originally developed by the PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

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Web On-Demand CME Video

Low HPV vaccination rates are leaving another generation of boys and girls vulnerable to devastating HPV cancers. Vaccination could prevent most of these cancers. CDC is looking to you to make a strong recommendation for HPV vaccination when kids are 11 and 12 years old. Provided in this presentation is up-to-date information on HPV infection/disease, HPV vaccine, and ways to successfully communicate with patients and their parents about HPV vaccination. Find out how to tell parents that they aren’t opening the door to sex – they’re closing the door the cancer. Because HPV vaccine IS cancer prevention and YOU are the key.

View CME Video »

CDC Funds DC AAP to Increase the District’s HPV Vaccination Rates

HPV vaccination coverage in the US has stagnated, well below other adolescent vaccines. If pediatricians administered HPV vaccines at the same time they provided other adolescent vaccines, adherence rates would be close to 90%.

Funded by a Center for Disease Control (CDC) grant, through National AAP, the DC AAP chapter is working in collaboration with the DC Department of Health Immunization Program (DCDOH-IP) towards increasing HPV vaccination rates in the District.

To date, DC AAP hosted the DC Pediatric Thought Leaders Immunization Improvement Congress in May, 2014. A group of diverse stakeholders came together to conduct strategic planning and develop an action plan for improving HPV vaccination rates in the District. DC AAP also partnered with the DC Department of Health to send out reminder-recall postcards to over 20,000 families and to offer peer-to-peer presentations to local pediatric practices. The chapter distributed HPV informational posters to DC School Based Health Clinics and hosted a lunch time webinar on giving a strong recommendation for HPV vaccine for a Community Grand Rounds. The webinar remains available on the DC AAP website. Finally, DC AAP distributed member communications regarding HPV vaccination through the chapter’s e-newsletter and social media.

Local Webinar: Improving HPV Vaccination Initiation and Completion in the District of Columbia – with Dr. Sherrie Flynt Wallington, DOH HPV Consultant


Human Trafficking & Victims of Violence


ICD – 10

Official CMS Industry Resources for the ICD-10 Transition


Immigrant Health



    The Obama administration has confirmed that it is conducting immigration raids in the homes of mothers and children from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras who entered the U.S. since May of 2014 and have received orders of deportation. These announcements and actions have caused extreme fear in our immigrant patient populations, and we are already receiving reports on patients who are afraid to come in for services. As health clinics, centers, and organizations devoted to caring for those most underserved in our community, we are deeply troubled by the trauma generated within our communities by these ICE raids, and we join the call for our local leaders to affirm that our localities are safe spaces for immigrants and those fleeing violence.

    Our local region has a high proportion of immigrants from Central America, who therefore make up significant segments of our patients and clients. It has been well documented that many of the families recently arriving to our region are fleeing severe and growing violence in Central America. The manner in which ICE officers are conducting raids are re-traumatizing mothers and children who have witnessed and survived arrest, torture, and murder of family members, and attempts on their own lives. Those of us working closely with these families know that a significant number are experiencing severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression. These and other trauma-related conditions can limit major life activities, including the capacity to successfully navigate complicated asylum legal procedures and immigration removal proceedings. There are concerns that many of those with orders of deportation did not receive full due process in court, and deporting them to situations of extreme violence will result in harm or even death.

    Raids don’t harm only those with orders of deportation, they create an environment of fear among the entire immigrant community. Many of our immigrant patients and clients have histories of trauma and persecution, and the news reports of predawn raids by ICE in homes, workplaces and in local supermarkets heighten feelings of vulnerability and distrust. Immigrant and refugee families live difficult lives as they adjust to new communities and new cultures. Immigration status is one of the key social determinants affecting health, along with poverty, language, and the lack of familiarity with the US health system. It is fundamental to provide safe spaces for immigrants and refugees as they seek supportive services, and to identify opportunities for improving the trust that they need to have in our institutions so they can fully develop their potential to be healthy and productive. Raids have the opposite effect, deterring immigrants from sending children to school, showing up for clinic appointments or even buying healthy foods, and therefore widening the existing disparities in care.

    Our health sector has increasingly embraced a commitment to health equity and health for all. As part of that commitment, we affirm that our health centers and organizations are safe spaces for all, including immigrants and those fleeing violence. We urge our immigrant community to continue seeking services and support from us. We urge our local jurisdictions to work with our immigrant community to assure them of the safety of our schools, public services, and local law enforcement. We urge our federal representatives to work towards comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the root causes of migration, and acknowledges the specific health and mental health needs of those fleeing violence.


    Home Raids: Know Your Rights – English
    Home Raids: Know Your Rights – Spanish
    Immigration Raids Alert – English
    Immigration Raids Alert – Spanish
    NILC – National Immigration Law Center

  • Immigrant Health Committee Awarded Healthy People 2020 Grant
    The DC AAP’s Immigrant Health Committee has recently been awarded the Friends of Children Healthy People 2020 Grant. As one of five AAP chapters in the nation to win the grant, they will be working to create a “toolkit” for primary care providers to care for recently arrived immigrant children called “Esperanza: Coordinated Care and Excellence for Immigrant Children.”



  • Addressing Lead Exposure in Low-Income Communities
    Over the past several months, national outrage around Flint, Michigan’s, water crisis has increased attention on the critical issue of childhood lead poisoning. Decades after ending the use of lead in paint and other sources, lead poisoning remains one of the nation’s most devastating health threats, affecting more than 535,000 children each year, particularly in low-income communities. Such exposure diminishes children’s reading and learning abilities and increases their likelihood of dropping out of school. Policies and resources that fight exposure to lead and ensure that families get the testing and support they need are necessary for children to live in safe and healthy homes. The Center for American Progress is pleased to present a discussion on addressing lead exposure in low-income communities with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, as well as a panel of experts who will discuss best practices for creating lead-free homes and provide insights on how leaders across sectors can work together to ensure that every child lives in an environment conducive to their success.



  • Reach Out and Read
    Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.




Medical Home Implementation

NCMHI-PrimaryLogoThe National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pleased to announce the launch of its new and improved Web site,

The Web site provides pediatric medical home information, tools, and resources for practices and clinicians, specifically pediatricians. Visit the Web site to learn about the following:

  • Education and training opportunities
  • Tools and resources for pediatric medical home implementation
  • Evidence supporting the pediatric medical home model
  • Information about pediatric medical home initiatives in 50 states and the District of Columbia


Mental Health

  • Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit Overview & Primer for Pediatric Primary Care ProvidersThe DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (the Collaborative) is a local public-private partnership dedicated to improving the integration of mental health in pediatric primary care for children in the District of Columbia.
    The DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care created the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Resource Guide for use by pediatric primary care providers in the Washington, DC area. This guide aims to provide a comprehensive listing of community behavioral health resources for children and adolescents in the District of Columbia.


Obesity Prevention

In updated recommendations, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers practical steps families can take to help children maintain a healthy weight.

The advice comes as part of an AAP clinical report published in the July 2015 issue of Pediatrics. The report, “The Role of the Pediatrician in Primary Prevention of Obesity,” (published online June 29), offers guidance to pediatricians and families on how to include healthy habits into daily life, including a well-balanced diet, increased physical activity and reduced sedentary behaviors. The report and related policy statements, clinical reports and technical reports can be found below.

Clinical Report: The Role of the Pediatrician in Primary Prevention of Obesity

Policy Statement: The Use of Telemedicine to Address Access and Physician Workforce Shortages

Technical Report: Telemedicine Pediatric Applications


Oral Health

  • Oral Health Toolkit
    DC HealthCheck’s oral health toolkit which provides information on how PCP’s can incorporate and bill Medicaid for oral health assessments & fluoride varnish treatment for children ages 0-3.


Parents & Families

    Up-to-the-minute Pediatric Health Information Specially Customized for Parents and Families


Poverty and Hunger

  • capitol-area-food-bankFood Bank Network – Comprehensive database powered by the Capital Area Food Bank providing resource referrals by zip code to social services, including food, housing, transit, health, money, childcare, education, work and legal.


School-Based Health Alliance

school-based-health-allianceThe School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) just released 2 exciting products:

  • The 2013-14 Census of School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) report in a digital format for the first time ever! Inside, you’ll find information about the growth of SBHCs nationwide and how they provide access to a variety of comprehensive health services, including adolescent-centered care. Local stories accompany the national data to help illustrate the impact SBHCs have in communities across the country.
  • The Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool is a one-of-a-kind resource that allows users to harness the power of geographic information systems (GIS) technology for data-driven decision-making. The tool includes data from the 2013-14 Census of SBHCs, along with health, education, and demographic indicators from multiple sources. The multiple data sets allow the tool to be used for broader applications beyond school-based health care. Users can analyze community child and adolescent health, identify areas of need to target with new services, examine SBHC and public school characteristics, locate local partners for collaboration, raise awareness to policymakers, and fundraise.

Please reach out to the SBHA communications staff at if you have any questions.



healthy-sleepNational Healthy Sleep Awareness Project: Pediatric Populations at High Risk for Sleep Apnea

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a project to increase awareness of sleep illness and the importance of sufficient sleep. The long-term goal of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is to promote widespread and measureable public behavior changes leading to improved sleep health. The AASM and CDC both recognize that untreated sleep illness and chronic sleep loss have a cumulative impact on nearly every key public health indicator, increasing the risk of physical and mental health problems, mortality, accidents, injuries and disability.

As a part of this project, a workgroup of sleep medicine specialists and fellows, have put together articles on a variety of topics targeting several different groups including pediatric providers, related to the diagnosis and treatment of a patient with sleep related issues. One of the article, Pediatric Populations at High Risk for Sleep Apnea, can be found at the following link.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) During Pregnancy


Transitioning to Adult Care

    Includes an interactive health provider section, FAQs developed by and for youth/young adults and families, information for researchers and policymakers, and lists of transition resources.