Plenary Sessions

Saturday, September 16

10:30am – 12:30pm

P1070 AAP President’s Address (Not Designated for CME Credit)

Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP

President, American Academy of Pediatrics

P1071 Keynote Address

We Get the Job Done: Attachment and Nurturance

Luz Towns-Miranda, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Attachment is part of all caregiver-child relationships, and the first three years of children’s lives are critical to ensuring that their attachments are secure and healthy. Luz Towns-Miranda, PhD, will draw on her decades of experience as a clinical psychologist to illuminate how attachment works and what pediatricians can do to help parents nurture positive bonds with their children. With a perspective that is uniquely her own, she will relate her experience rearing her two children, Lucecita and Lin-Manuel, and what their passions and successes have taught her about the unexpected connections among art, history, psychology, and medicine. From the family’s immigrant roots to Lin-Manuel’s Broadway hit Hamilton, Dr. Towns-Miranda will weave together the threads of her professional and personal life to tell the story of how attachment and nurturance shape our patients—and ourselves—and what we can do to encourage the best outcomes possible for children and families.

P1072 Children in Immigrant Families—A Policy and Advocacy Update

Julie Linton, MD, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Nearly one in four U.S. children is an immigrant or the child of an immigrant. Among Latino and Asian communities, this number rises to 55% and 76%, respectively. In the past year, the U.S. has introduced numerous policies that directly affect the health and well-being of these children, as well as children seeking humanitarian protection or life-saving medical care. This presentation will review the impact of current federal policies on clinical care and identify opportunities for AAP members to support children in immigrant families.

P1073 Stockman Lecture: Learning to Navigate the Health Care System as Parents of Children With Chronic Disease

Kevin Kinebrew; V. Robyn Kinebrew

Cincinnati, Ohio

Robyn and Kevin Kinebrew’s journey with chronic illness began when they received a call that their 33-week twins, hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit, had sickle cell disease. The Kinebrews will share how they approached each clinical interaction over the past 19 years as an opportunity for communicating and connecting—”moments of truth” between parent and physician—while helping their sons prepare for the transition to adult care.

Sunday, September 17

10:30am – 12:30pm

P2082 President-Elect Candidate Presentations (Not Designated for CME Credit)

Michael Weiss, DO, FAAP

Vice President, Population Health, CHOC Children’s Hospital

Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP

Medical Officer for Children and Families, Public Health Seattle King County

P2083 Gun Safety: An American Crisis

J. Gary Wheeler, MD, MPS, FAAP

Chief Medical Officer, Arkansas Department of Health

What is the AAP doing to keep children safe from gun violence and how can you help? In this session, hear examples of ways the Academy has advocated at the state and federal level and how pediatricians can join efforts to protect children from guns. Whether using the media, promoting a bill, collaborating with other stakeholders, or pursuing legal action, there are many ways to continue to build momentum on the need to protect children from gun violence.

P2084 Victims of Environmental Injustice: Children Living in Poverty

Jennifer Lowry, MD, FAAP

Chief, Section of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City

The recent AAP policy on poverty goes far in addressing the health and social issues that occur in children living in poverty but fails to address the environmental injustice affecting this population. This is especially true in regard to living near polluting industry and hazardous waste sites. Faculty will present cases that examine environmental conditions of children living in poverty and provide recommendations for how pediatricians can advocate for patients and communities.

P2085 Snapshots for Social Justice: Social Media for Advocacy

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, FAAP

Pediatrician; Child and Community Health Advocate

Physicians and scientists rely on data to make medical decisions. But sometimes, statistics and facts are not enough to change minds or behavior. Often, a single photo or video can move humanity to action as in the cases of police violence and the plight of refugees. In this session, a pediatrician activist and a professional photographer will train pediatricians in photography techniques and social media that they can apply to strengthen their advocacy efforts. The effects of virtual viewing of actual violence on children also will be discussed.

P2086 Thirty Million Words: A Public Health Approach to Early Childhood

Dana Suskind, MD

Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, University of Chicago; Founder and Director, Thirty Million Words® Initiative

This plenary will discuss the Thirty Million Words Initiative which is based on the extensive evidence that children exposed to large vocabularies early in life perform better academically. The basic premise behind the curriculum is to enrich the child’s early language environment to build the child’s cognitive skills and advance development for life-long success.

P2087 Flushing Out ‘Fake News’ in GI: Getting to the Truth about PPIs, PEG 3350 and Gluten

Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Over the last few years, several classes of medications commonly prescribed for gastrointestinal disorders in children, including proton pump inhibitors for gastroesophageal reflux disease and PEG 3350 for constipation, have been cited in social media as dangerous. In addition, gluten-free diets, which are necessary for people with confirmed celiac disease, have gained popularity and are increasingly being implemented for numerous unsubstantiated health benefits without any prior testing for celiac disease. This session will review how clinicians who care for children can keep up with social media and peer-reviewed medical reports to understand their patients’ concerns. Attendees also will learn how to converse with patients who may be swayed by popular media over scientific fact.

Monday, September 18

10:30am – 12:30pm

P3072 The 5 Most Cost-Effective Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Steven Gortmaker, PhD

Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Faculty will discuss the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) and the evidence behind the strategies assessed in the study to decrease childhood obesity. The cost-effectiveness of each plan will be discussed and skills for pediatricians to advocate for these strategies in their community will be presented. Barriers to implementing these changes and ways to work around them also will be reviewed.

P3073 History of Pediatricians in the Military: A Look Back as We Leap Forward

Charles Callahan, Jr., DO, FAAP

Vice President, Population Health, University of Maryland Medical Center

The history of care of military families goes back well over 100 years. Since the first military training program was established in 1946, hundreds of general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists have been trained in all three military services. In this session, medical and scientific advances that military pediatricians have made to promote the health of children will be discussed as well as some of the challenges ahead.

P3074 From Afghanistan to Zambia: 10 Years of International Child Health

Donna Staton, MD, MPH, FAAP

Program Director, International Community Access to Child Health (ICATCH) Grant Program

The International Community Access to Child Health (ICATCH) program supports more than 60 programs in over 35 countries. This session will provide a brief overview of how and why the ICATCH program was started 10 years ago using the CATCH program in community health as a model. Several ICATCH-funded innovative community health programs from Africa, Asia and Latin America (many to choose from: reducing epilepsy stigma in Uganda, providing home visits for new teen moms in Liberia, first child abuse prevention program in Ghana, school gardens and nutrition education in Uganda, Hepatitis B vaccination for students in monk/monastery schools in Myanmar (Burma), group prenatal care for women in Afghanistan, etc. etc.) will be highlighted.

P3075 Advocating for Kids: Building Networks That Work

Michael McManus, MD, MPH, FAAP

Senior Associate in Anesthesia and Critical Care, Boston Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

This session will review the state of health network adequacy for pediatrics. Guidance on advocacy to achieve policy change and updates on AAP activities also will be provided.

P3076 Breastfeeding and Epigenetics: Long-term Health and Inheritance Effects of Feeding Human Milk

Lawrence Noble, MD, FAAP

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Breastfeeding provides multiple lifelong biological advantages to children through mechanisms that still need to be elucidated. Scientific interest in epigenetics has increased dramatically in recent years. This presentation will review the difference between genetics and epigenetics, the molecular basis of epigenetics, and the inheritance of epigenetics. The important role of human milk micro RNAs (miRNAs), which inhibit translation of RNA to protein in the infant, will be explored. If the human milk miRNA epigenetics regulatory circuit is disrupted by formula feedings, normal physiological functions could be interfered with, contributing to various disease processes. The potential role of human milk stem cells in treating multiple illnesses and improving cognition and IQ also will be discussed.

P3077 The Heat is On: Why Climate Change Advocacy is Essential to Child Health

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH

Rising global temperatures and climate changes present new and evolving threats to children’s health, safety, and well-being. US pediatricians are seeing children affected by altered infectious disease patterns, extreme weather events, and changes in plant growth and pollen production. Health care leaders from across specialties are joining together to protect patients from further harm through education and advocacy. This session will review pediatricians’ vital role in the effort to ensure a safe climate for every child today and in the future.

Tuesday, September 19

10:30am – 12:15pm

P4049 2017 AAP Guidelines for Childhood Hypertension: Highlights

Joseph Flynn, MD, MS, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington; Chief, Division of Nephrology, Seattle Children’s Hospital

This month, the AAP issued updated clinical practice guidelines for childhood hypertension, the first new U.S. guidance on this topic since the 2004 “Fourth Report.” An overview of the major changes in the 2017 guidelines will be presented as well as implications for the practitioner.

P4050 Being an Effective Reproductive Health Care Advocate for Your Adolescent Patients

Tracey Wilkinson, MD, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University, School of Medicine

Access to reproductive health care is under attack across much of the country, and adolescents can be easy targets for restrictive legislation. This session aims to educate health care providers on state and federal policy trends affecting minors’ access to comprehensive sex education and quality reproductive health care services and will offer ways in which providers can get involved in advocacy efforts in their own states.

P4051 Shaken Baby Syndrome: Science vs. Myth

Sandeep Narang, MD, JD, FAAP

Division Head, Child Abuse Pediatrics, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Shaken baby syndrome exists, yet the diagnosis is being challenged in the courts and media. Pediatricians need to understand the science, the challenges being proposed, and the danger this causes to children. This session will include a summary of known medical information, an update on new studies, and introduction of tools pediatricians can use to address the topic of shaken baby syndrome with colleagues, families, community leaders, and the media.

P4052 Youth Sports Specialization: Attaining Goals While Remaining Active and Happy for Life

Joel Brenner, MD, MPH, FAAP

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Eastern Virginia Medical School; Medical Director, Sports Medicine, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters

This session will highlight cases of year-round athletes who suffer from common overuse injuries associated with sports participation. A review of the societal pressures to participate in sports and a discussion of how few athletes ever attain college athletic scholarships and/or become professional athletes will be presented. The session will include an overview of medical/musculoskeletal problems associated with youth sports specialization and teach pediatricians how to recognize athletes at greatest risk.

P4053 Meeting The Challenge: Promoting Sports and Fitness for the Disabled Athlete

David Bernhardt, MD, FAAP

Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Orthopedics/Rehab, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

This session will provide a brief overview of adaptive sports activities for children with disabilities, including Paralympics.

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