The recent pandemic brought forth the need for provider and community education in infectious disease and understanding of how a pandemic, and potentially resulting shift to an endemic, impacts life and people on a large scale. This includes addressing the decline in preventative well-child visits and decrease in childhood vaccination rates. AzAAP has established the Arizona Pediatric Infectious Disease Training Center to provide high-quality education and training around infectious disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, and to meet the emerging needs of providers and families.
The Arizona Pediatric Infectious Disease Training Center supports healthcare professionals by providing timely information and resources as they provide care and counseling to patients and families, both in-person and through virtual telehealth settings. The Training Center is the home for a broad range of infectious disease related resources, webinars, podcasts, and toolkits, and serves as a resource to help AzAAP members address concerns and safely provide care to patients.
The Training Center delivers a biweekly podcast series answering direct questions from providers about infectious disease topics and providing real-time support as they continue to maintain essential health services and systems of care for their patients and families. The podcast, ID Talk: Answers from an Infectious Disease Specialist, features Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and Chapter Leader, Dr. Sean Elliott, who discusses the most up-to-date, evidence-based, Arizona-specific information while addressing emerging issues surrounding infectious disease prevention, outbreaks, and treatment.
AzAAP would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Arizona Pediatric Infectious Disease Training Center by the Arizona Department of Health Services through the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant funding.
AzAAP has collaborated with The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) to develop a trusted messenger campaign and resources aimed to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake with a focus on children under 5. In addition to targeted social media, members can download a FREE COVID-19 flyer.
AzAAP partnered with pediatric professionals at Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. (CCHCI), and home visiting agencies as part of our trusted messenger campaign. Creating targeted social media messages for members highlighting vaccine timing and reducing missed opportunities for vaccines. A downloadable flyer in English and Spanish is also available
AzAAP partnered with pediatricians at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC), and North Country HealthCare to create a downloadable and sharable social media campaign focused on the importance of the influenza vaccine. Two downloadable flyers were created to support pediatricians in their discussions with parents and caregivers. Another flyer was specifically created for the Native American population within the county and made available in Navajo translation.
Tdap Guidance for Schools: this easy to read poster clarifies the guidance/timeline for Tdap administration. AzAAP collaborated closely with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to create a flyer that is easy to read and understand and distributed it to schools through a partnership with the School Nurses Association (SNOA). Download this flyer for your schools or practices.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention partnered to provide healthcare professionals with a limited-edition mini-podcast series recorded in April 2023 on Hot Topics in Infection Prevention and Control. This three-part series, hosted by pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Sean Elliott, dives into the scope of the problem, infection prevention measures, and provider adherence. Also hear from special guest, Suzette Chavez, Director of Infection Prevention at TMC One, as she answers interview questions on possible interventions for respiratory virus transmission in the hospital setting. Listen now.
The COVID-19 Public Education Campaign is an initiative to increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and reinforce basic prevention measures. Printable resource for health care providers to share with the parents/guardians of patients to help build vaccine confidence. Available in English and Spanish download your copy now.
To support schools and school professionals in their ongoing efforts to keep children healthy and thriving, AzAAP, in collaboration with public health and school partners, created the CACTUS(Collection of Arizona COVID-19 Tools for Use in Schools) Toolkit focused on ensuring children catch up on preventive care following disruptions from the pandemic. The Adolescent Health Toolkit is intended for AzAAP members caring for adolescents, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on pediatric practice and adolescent health.
The AzAAP Adolescent Health Toolkit: Resources for providers to promote optimal health is indented for AzAAP members caring for adolescents, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on pediatric practice and adolescent health. Topics addressed in the toolkit include: Consent and Confidentiality, Telehealth, LGBTQ+, Sports, Mental Health, and more.
Within the Adolescent Health Toolkit, AzAAP has developed a series of posters appealing to adolescents to support your recommendations as you work to strengthen relationships with patients and families to encourage vaccine confidence. The posters focus on compelling reasons adolescents would want to get vaccinated, such as getting back to regular activities. For instance, seeing friends and playing sports.
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.
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.