For Clinicians

SCREENING FOR FOOD INSECURITY
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended screening for poverty and related issues as part of its commitment to providing optimal health care to children. The Mississippi Chapter is equally committed to providing support to its members, and has compiled a comprehensive list of poverty related referral resources, to aid in following the AAP’s recommendation.

Follow this link to access and download this resource: gallery/connecting families to state and local resources in mississippi.pdf

HEALTH PROMOTION
Bright Futures health promotion and disease prevention program for pediatricians.  http://brightfutures.aap.org/

IMMUNIZATION
The Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics supports childhood and adolescent immunizations and hopes to help educate parents and the community about the benefits of childhood immunization. We work to assure parents that extensive research over the past 10 years has found NO medical or scientific research showing that immunizations cause childhood developmental problems, including autism spectrum disorder. Click below to be linked to resources about the safety and efficacy of immunizations.

Immunization Action Coalition: http://immunize.org/

MS State Department of Health: http://msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/14,0,71.html

American Academy of Pediatrics: http://2.aap.org/immunization/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/vaccines
Immunizations for Public Health: www.immunizationinfo.org

HPV resources are available to help pediatricians converse with their patients about the HPV vaccine. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/hpv/hcp/index.html
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CHILDHOOD OBESITY
The Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition offers families a comprehensive approach to weight management. The Center has programs for both the prevention and treatment of overweight children.

American Academy of Pediatrics: www.aap.org/obesity

Nationwide Children’s: http://nationwidechildrens.org/center-for-healthy-weight-nutrition

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: https://www.rwjf.org/en/our-focus-areas/topics/childhood-obesity.html

Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity:
http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/43,0,289.html

Mississippi Kids Count: Mississippi Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Health:
https://kidscount.ssrc.msstate.edu/

DISASTER PLANNING
Hospitals and clinics can ensure day-to-day emergency preparedness and promote disaster readiness for children by taking steps to have the appropriate resources (eg, equipment, medications, policies and personnel) and professional education necessary to provide effective pediatric emergency care. Evidence shows that these efforts will improve pediatric readiness in all hospital settings and communities. https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Children-and-Disasters/Pages/default.aspx

PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY EMERGENCIES
From the ACLS training center, a Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies Algorithm.