Pediatric Perspectives

Pediatric Perspectives 2018: Issues in Pulmonology, Infectious Diseases and Newborn Care

September 7 – 9, 2018

Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center
Swan Ballroom

Credits Offered:
AAFP Prescribed credits – 14.25
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit – 14.25
CE – 14.25
Designed for: Pediatricians, Family Medicine Physicians, PAs, APNs, Nurses, Residents and Allied Health Professionals

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This conference is designed to convey new perspectives on pediatric infections, pulmonary diseases and newborn care.
Coordinator: Karen Supplee
Coordinator Email:

The July Khanversation

Coordination and Connection.

These are key features of a well-functioning public health system – essential yet relatively invisible. It reminds us (ok, me) of the way a car engine works (an internal combustion one, at least): multiple parts buried underneath shrouds, covers, and caps, coming together in somewhat noisy harmony to deliver motive force. The vehicle it powers might ultimately get the credit (the analogy being a clinic, hospital, outbreak investigation, or any other visible frontline service), yet the work goes on behind the scenes: painstakingly connecting the rod to the pistons to the crankshaft, to ultimately deliver power to the wheels. These connections abound in our community. And if you look deeper, seemingly disconnected and disparate work is in fact linked. These structures are provided by key partner institutions in Delaware, among which the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association is a proud leader.

Some of you know (or now realize after reading the above) that I have a deep interest in mechanical things, especially those that go (and sometimes leak oil as well). Not content with my own skinned knuckles, I frequent a group called Cars & Coffee, of which a chapter meets monthly, not far from our offices at the Christiana Hospital campus. It is yet another kind of connection, and one which thrives in Delaware: a community of individuals coming together to discuss common interests.

I know all of you, our members, have incredibly diverse avocations, some of which intersect professionally, and many which do not. If you’d like to share your thoughts with us on a particular pastime, drop us a line with a photo (at We’ll share when we have a few collected.

One of the best opportunities to connect with our colleagues from across the globe is coming up, in sunny San Diego – the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference (Register Here!). We’ll be hosting a reception for Delaware attendees, so if you’re going, let us know (e-mail Kate Smith at – we’d love to see you there, for food, drink and of course, conkhanversation.  In the meantime, drive on!


Check out the rest of the July Newsletter!


Smartphone CPR App in New Castle County

Leaders in New Castle County, Delaware, have launched a new smartphone application they say will save lives when help is urgently needed.

Activated when a call is made to 911, the PulsePoint app alerts and directs trained residents to people nearby who need cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. County Executive Matt Meyer said citizen responders, who include off-duty first responders, can make all the difference in those critical moments before first responders arrive.

Learn more

Christiana Care Medical Aid Units

Five Christiana Care Medical Aid Units (CCMAU) are now available for convenient care, 7 days a week! Most are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and no appointment is necessary.  Express Check-In (available on enables people to see current wait times and reserve their spot in line.

When you should go:

If you have an illness or injury that are NOT extremely serious or life-threatening, but DO require care within a few hours or the same day
(game day sports injuries, sore throats & coughs, eye & ear problems, minor burns, flu-like symptoms, etc.)

5 Convenient MAU Locations

Star Campus
550 South College Avenue
Suite 115
Newark, DE 19713

Smyrna Health & Wellness Center
100 S. Main Street
Smyrna, DE 19977

Glasgow Medical Center
2600 Glasgow Avenue
Newark, DE 19702

Middletown Care Center
124 Sleepy Hollow Drive
Middletown, DE 19709

HealthCare Center at Christiana
200 Hygeia Drive
Newark, DE 19713

Addiction Resources in Delaware

Over 20 million Americans had a substance abuse disorder in 2015.  It is the leading cause of accidental death in the United states, and over 20,000 of those overdose deaths are related to prescription pain relievers (American Society of Addiction Medicine).

Addiction is everywhere, even in Delaware.



New Castle County: 800-652-2929

Kent & Sussex Counties: 800-345-6785

August Awareness

August is the month of…

Children’s Eye Health & Safety –
Gastroparesis Awareness –
National Breastfeeding Month –
National Immunization Awareness –
Psoriasis Awareness –
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness –
Medic Alert Awareness –

The week of …

Aug 1-7: Breastfeeding Week –
Aug 1 – 7: National Minority Donor Awareness Week –
Aug 12 – 18: National Health Center Week –
Aug 20 – 24: Contact Lens Health Week –

The day of…

7: National Night Out Against Crime –
9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People –

Statement on Vaccines

Vaccines Continue to be Tested and Proven Safe

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017). American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines. Retrieved from

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Infant Immunizations FAQs. Retrieved from

Institute of Medicine. (2004). Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Retrieved from

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015).  Thimerosal in Vaccines: Questions and Answers. Retrieved from

In light of recent claims by politicians or appointees that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, or contain dangerous products like Thimerosal, the public health community and the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association continue to come down on the side of science.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research is responsible for regulating vaccines in the United States.  Before a vaccine can be licensed for public use, it must be tested for safety in the laboratory, in animals, and in human clinical trials.  Human clinical trials include looking for common adverse events in a few participants (phase 1), several hundred volunteers looking for local reactions and general side effects like fever (phase 2), and establishing the effectiveness of the vaccine and determining less common side effects with thousands of participants (phase 3).  If a vaccine is to be given at the same time as another vaccine, the two vaccines are tested together (FDA, 2015).  If a dangerous effect is found, that vaccine is not licensed for public use.

Vaccines are continuously monitored following licensure by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is run by both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The VAERS is a national system that collects all reports of adverse events following vaccination.  Phase 4 clinical studies are also conducted to further evaluate the new vaccine, and population based studies are conducted through the use of databases like the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) for the lifetime of the use of the vaccine (FDA, 2015).

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee “favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism” (IOM, 2004).  Despite this finding, “all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age or younger and marketed in the U.S. contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts” (FDA, 2015).

“Infants and young children who follow immunization schedules that spread out shots – or leave out shots – are at risk of developing diseases during the time that shots are delayed” (CDC, 2016). Vaccines “keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017).  The Delaware Academy of Medicine will continue to advocate for vaccines and vaccine use in the state of Delaware and the United States.

Innovative Discoveries Series

Lung Cancer Screening – Promises to Keep

“Lung Cancer Screening – Promises to Keep” will describe the state of lung cancer screening nationally and locally.  Dr. Fagan will describe the relevance and challenges of shared decision making.  Dr. Fagan will present local research as well as evidence from the national literature to explain barriers to lung cancer screening implementation and outline strategies to address these barriers.

Presented By:

Heather Bittner Fagan, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson University
Associate Vice Chair for Research, Family & Community Medicine, Christiana Care Health System
Lead, Delaware ACCEL-CTR Community Engagement and Outreach

Free!  Lunch will be served!

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.


Friday, August 24, 2018
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital, Room 1100
Online: Watch live at
Or join meeting ID 361095905 on the BlueJeans app on your smartphone or tablet

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Upcoming Lectures:

September 19, 2018: Infant Diet Composition, Energy Balance, and Growth: an RCT
September 21, 2018: Social Media-Based Parenting Intervention for Postpartum Depression