AzAAP would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Arizona Pediatric COVID-19 Training Center by the Arizona Department of Health Services through the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant funding.
The Arizona Pediatric COVID-19 Training Center was created in direct response to the urgent public health crisis and to support members as they navigate the pandemic and provide care to patients and families by providing timely information and resources.
The Training Center is the home for a broad range of COVID-19 related resources, webinars, podcasts and toolkits, and serves as a resource to help members address concerns and safely provide care to patients.
Thank you for all that you are doing to ensure the delivery of safe pediatric care during the pandemic. AzAAP remains committed to supporting members, even more now during this unprecedented time, and hopes the Arizona Pediatric COVID-19 Training Center will assist you in your efforts.
In continued efforts to best serve members during this time, AzAAP created a NEW biweekly podcast series answering YOUR questions about COVID-19 and providing real-time support as you care for your patients and families during this time. Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and Chapter Leader, Dr. Sean Elliott, will discuss the most up-to-date, Arizona-specific information and address issues surrounding the pandemic.
As our state decides how and when to open schools, members of the AzAAP Board of Directors and Advocacy Committee have been working hard to stress the importance of safety considerations as well as ensuring schools receive the support they need to implement new protocols to balance controlling the spread of COVID-19 and fulfilling the optimal educational, nutritional, fitness, and mental health needs of children. Below are resources to help members navigate this complex topic and address parental concerns.
AzAAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for school plans should start with the goal of keeping students safe and physically present in schools.
The new Return to School Parent FAQs tool provides answers to common questions parents may have about their children returning to school in person.
AzAAP urges a balanced, collaborative approach to school reopening involving educators, public health officials, pediatricians, mental health professionals, and parents.
AAP issued guidance on preparing for schools to reopen, emphasizing the need for school officials to work with local and state health departments to decide when and how to safely invite students back to the classroom.
As U.S. schools reach the mid-year of teaching classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidance for school safety based on the latest research.
The Arizona Pediatric Provider Toolkit: School Re-Entry and Children's Health in the Time of COVID-19 is designed to provide AzAAP Members with resources to work alongside school systems and provide guidance and resources to keep students, teachers, school administrators, staff and families healthy, safe, and secure.
AzAAP Panel Presentation:
School Re Entry & Children's Health in the Time of COVID 19 for Pediatric
Expert panel presenters, Dr. Sean Elliott, Dr. Kristina Wilson, Dr. Cara Christ, and Dr. Mark Joraanstad answer questions from members to help them navigate this complex topic, address parental concerns, support schools and deal with challenges in the community.
The Arizona Pediatric Provider Toolkit: Caring For Children During the Pandemic is designed to help members get creative with ways to navigate both essential and non-essential care while working to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Arizona Pediatric Provider Toolkit provides members with easily modifiable templates to let their patients know that their practices are open, safe and the best place to get advice on the health of their children. In addition, the toolkit includes AzAAP's Back to the Office social media campaign images which are NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH.
A video has been created to assist members in urging parents to call their pediatrician now to schedule well-child visits and immunizations to keep their children up to date.
AzAAP believes in the value and importance of well child care, the role preventative care has in keeping children healthy, and supporting our members and partners through this challenging time. AzAAP launched our Back to the Office campaign to reassure parents that pediatric clinics are open and have safe ways to take care of their children during this pandemic to ensure vaccinations, chronic health problems, everyday illness, and regular health checkups are not pushed aside by fears of COVID-19.
The images below are sized to integrate with your organization's website, Facebook and Twitter accounts and encourage parents to keep up with their child's health by contacting their pediatrician. We hope you will join us in posting these social messages to get Arizona children and families Back to the Office.
These NEW social media messages are an expansion of the campaign to focus on sick care in addition to well child check-ups and immunizations. As the surge in COVID-19 cases across the country is impacting children in unprecedented levels, now more than ever, it is important to remind parents to not delay care. Please download the social media messages below to circulate on your practice websites and social media pages. Spanish versions are being developed and will be available soon.
Arizona Pediatric Quality Improvement Institute (APQII) is a program of AzAAP that identifies the needs of pediatric professionals across the state to support their work and set the standard for pediatric health care in Arizona.