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The FCAAP committees work to accomplish programs established by the organization or with external stakeholders. To learn how you can continue exsisting or create new FCAAP programs please email, info@fcaap.org or call 850.224.3939.


  • Breastfeeding

  • Child Abuse Prevention

  • Health Care Transition

  • Obesity Prevention

  • Pediatric Council-Managed Care

  • Resident and Medical Student Section

  • Vaccines

  • Young Physicians

  • Pediatric Council-Managed Care

    Projects, Programs, and Grant Initiatives

    Vaccine Hesitancy
    FCAAP provides CME sessions by immunization specialists who provide a comprehensive analysis of vaccines and is intended for both pediatric and adult practitioners. After attending this seminar, physicians should be able to:

  • Distinguish fact from populist notion

  • Place anti-vaccination sentiments in an historical context

  • Describe the wide range of vaccinations for pediatric to adult patients

  • Implement strategies for managing vaccines in their own office

  • Health Care Transition Training Program
    FCAAP provides CME, and belongs on the Florida Health and Transition Services (HATS) Medical Advisory Committee, to increase awareness for the need of health care transition services for Youth with Special Health Care Needs (YSHCN). We work to ensure successful transition from pediatric to adult health care for all youth and young adults in Florida, including those with disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special health care needs. It is our goal for all youth in Florida will successfully transition to every aspect of adult life, including adult health care, work, and independence. Click here for more information.

    Medical Home Chapter Champions Program on Asthma (MHCCPA)
    Through the support of the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN), the MHCCPA facilitates the dissemination of best practices and advocacy related to the implementation of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) asthma guidelines within the medical home framework. Program goals include identifying a champion at the AAP chapter and/or state level(s) to educate/mentor providers in their communities, in addition to increasing advocacy efforts, for implementation of the NHLBI guidelines within the context of a medical home. If you would like more information about the project, click here to contact the FCAAP office.

    Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Grants—Cycle II
    Florida is one of 23 states that received CHIPRA Cycle II grants to for efforts to identify and enroll children eligible for Medicaid and CHIP. The grants will build upon the HHS Connecting Kids to Coverage Challenge to find and enroll children and support outreach strategies that have proven successful.

    Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Grants—Cycle I
    Florida is a lead on one of 10 CHIPRA grants, representing single-state projects and multi-state collaborations, from HHS to improve health care quality and delivery systems for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The money will help states implement and evaluate provider performance measures and utilize health information technologies such as pediatric electronic health records and other quality improvement initiatives.

    Florida Pediatric Medical Home Demonstration Project-Change for Kids
    The AAP, via the combined efforts of staff in several areas of the organization, is part of the Florida Child Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) quality demonstration grant. The Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health are using Category C CHIPRA funding to strengthen medical homes' capacity to provide high quality, family-centered care through the Florida Children's Medical Services Network for CYSHCN. The project focuses on quality improvement in practices and is being administered and implemented via the AAP Quality Improvement Innovation Network and the AAP Chapter Quality Network. An overall evaluation for the initiative is being conducted by the University of Florida Institute for Child Health Policy. Staff in the AAP Division of Children with Special Needs is involved in all areas of the project to ensure that a comprehensive approach to medical home is at the foundation of all project activities

    LEND Programs Receive Funding to Improve the Health of Children with Special Health Care Needs
    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $28.3 million to 43 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) programs, including the program at the University of Miami, to help improve the health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults with neurodevelopmental and other related disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders. LEND programs prepare trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines to assume leadership roles, ensure high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence, and enhance the ability of clinicians to diagnose, treat, and manage complex disabilities in youth and adolescents.

    HHS Awards Millions to Support Patient-Centered Medical Home Research
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced more than $14.2 million to develop, implement, and test strategies to increase the adoption and dissemination of interventions based on patient-centered outcomes research among racial and ethnic minority populations. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) awarded grants to Centers of Excellence at universities and medical schools in Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, and New York, and the HHS Office of Minority Health awarded a contract to Westat, Inc. of Rockville, MD. The funds will be used to help ensure those Americans have the needed tools to make informed decisions about their health care options. The HHS press release states that those tools should fit individual patient needs and preferences with the long-term goal of improving health outcomes.

    Dyson Community Pediatrics Training Grant
    University of Florida Health Science Center/Jacksonville Pediatric Residency Program
    The Dyson Initiative, in conjunction with other regional academic institutions, the Duval County Health Department, public and private sector human services agencies, and the Jacksonville community, will implement a Residency Program in Pediatrics and Community Health, during which residents will be introduced to the social, political, cultural, environmental, and behavioral determinants of child health and the evolving epidemiology of child morbidity.

    State Initiatives in Patient-Centered Medical Homes
    The Council of State Governments
    The majority of state Medicaid programs are testing models of coordinated medical care to improve quality and reduce costs, particularly for patients wit h multiple chronic illnesses. This brief includes descriptions of eleven states' pilot programs or authorizing legislation including Florida.

    Rural Health Information Technology Grants
    Funded through HRSA, rural health networks across the nation will receive more than $11.9 million to support their adoption of HIT and certified Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Each of 40 grantee organizations will receive about $300,000 to purchase equipment, install broadband networks and provide training for staff. In Florida, the grantee is the Rural Health Partnership of North Central Florida. The pilot program was developed as a result of the President's Rural Health Initiative.

    ASK Day

    The FCAAP joins organizations and individuals around the country to celebrate National ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day. Held annually on the first day of summer, a season when children spend more time in other homes, ASK Day reminds parents about the importance of asking if there are guns in the homes where their children play. Click here for more information.

    Florida Alliance for Healthy Babies
    The FCAAP joins with the Florida Alliance for Healthy Babies to jointly support policy, programs and the resources necessary to advance the care, treatment and the well-being of Florida’s most vulnerable babies and their families. The FCAAP and FAHB are firmly committed to informing and educating Floridians and our policy makers about the issues that face this most vulnerable population and to help find solutions for these problems.

    Get Outdoors Florida!
    The FCAAP has joined the Get Outdoors Florida! to address societal needs including public well-being, health issues, and natural resource conservation. The mission is to engaging communities, families and individuals in outdoor experiences to achieve healthier lifestyles and sustain Florida’s natural resources. Click here for more information.

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