Plenary Sessions

Saturday, September 16th

10:30am – 12:10pm

P1070- AAP President’s Address

Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP

President, American Academy of Pediatrics



P1071- Keynote Address



P1072- Children in Immigrant Families – A Policy and Advocacy Update

Julie M. 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.


Sunday, September 17th

10:45am – 12:05Pm

P2083- Gun Safety: An American Crisis

J. Gary Wheeler, MPS, MD, 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 A. Lowry, MD, FAAP

Director, Mid-America Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, 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 Advocacy

Rhea Boyd, MD, FAAP

Pediatrician and Child Health and Justice 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 18th

10:30am – 12:10pm

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

Steven Gortmaker, PhD

Professor, 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, DO, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine

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.


Tuesday, September 19th

10:30am – 12:10pm

P4049- 2017 AAP Guidelines for Childhood Hypertension: Highlights

Joseph T. Flynn MD, MS

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington; Chief, Division of Nephrology

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, MPH, 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 K. Narang, MD, JD

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 of 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 T. 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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