Saturday, October 25, 2014  
AAPNJ
New Jersey Chapter
American Academy of Pediatrics
3836 Quakerbridge Road
Suite 108
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Phone: 609-842-0014
Fax: 609-842-0015

Elliot Rubin, MD, FAAP
Chapter President

Fran Gallagher, MEd
Executive Director
fgallagher@aapnj.org

Harriet Lazarus, MBA
Deputy Director
hlazarus@aapnj.org

Bert Mulder
Director, Membership & Events
bmulder@aapnj.org

Healthychildren.org
AAP launched healthychildren.org to provide parents important health and safety messages. Be sure to visit often!
For Caregivers
Resources
Kids Doc Symptom Checker (HealthyChildren.org)
an interactive tool to help parents evaluate their child's symptoms. Allows parents to choose from a wide range of symptoms, and then follow the symptom decision chart to determine the appropriate action to take, whether it be home care or a call to the pediatrician.

Obesity Prevention Resources - Well Visit & Anticipatory Guidance Sheets
1st Visit (Newborn) - English / Spanish
2nd Visit (2 weeks - 1 month) - English / Spanish
3rd Visit (2 months) - English / Spanish
4th Visit (4 months) - English / Spanish
5th Visit (6 months) - English / Spanish
6th Visit (9 months) - English / Spanish
7th Visit (12 months) - English / Spanish
8th Visit (15 months) - English / Spanish
9th Visit (18 months) - English / Spanish
10th Visit (24 months) - English / Spanish
11th Visit (30 months) - English / Spanish
12th Visit (3 years) - English / Spanish
13th Visit (4 years) - English / Spanish
14th Visit (5 years) - English / Spanish


New Jersey Early Intervention System - The first three years of life are important, formative years in maximizing a child’s future potential. If you suspect that an infant or toddler may be experiencing developmental delays, the child may be eligible for services from the New Jersey Early Intervention System. A referral is made by calling the Regional System Point of Entry toll free number at 1-888-653-4463 and following the menu directions for the county in which the child (or family) lives.

A service coordinator will talk with the family about their concerns and obtain referral information with family consent. If a developmental evaluation is needed, the service coordinator will work with the family to schedule a multidisciplinary evaluation of the child’s developmental levels and needs. Evaluation and assessment services are provided at public expense with no cost to parents.

WHO ARE PRIMARY REFERRAL SOURCES? The Department of Health and Senior Services has established procedures for use by primary referral sources for referring a child. Primary referral sources include: hospitals, physicians, parents, child care programs, local education agencies, public health facilities, other social service agencies, and other health care providers.

Primary referral sources in New Jersey must:

  • Maintain written documentation that supports the parent’s permission to refer or the parent’s request that a referral not be made;
  • Explain the early intervention services which would be available if the referral were made and the consequences of not accessing those services through the referral process, and state that referral does not commit the parent to participate in the early intervention system (parent consent is required for evaluation and assessment); and
  • Maintain follow-up contacts with those families who initially request a referral not be made.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? In New Jersey, a child is considered eligible for early intervention services if he or she is under the age of three (3) and has at least a 33% delay or a score of at least 2.0 standard deviations below the mean in one functional developmental area or at least a 25% delay or a score of at least 1.5 standard deviations below the mean in two or more of these developmental areas: physical (including gross motor, fine motor, and sensory – vision and hearing); cognitive, communication (receptive and expressive), social or emotional, adaptive (self-help skills).

The New Jersey Early Intervention System (NJEIS), under the Division of Family Health Services, implements the New Jersey statewide system of services for infants and toddlers, birth to age three, with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families.

Early Intervention Regional System Point of Entry - Toll Free Number - 888.653.4463

New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women


Family / Child Organizations


AccreditedOnlineColleges.org -- is a general information website with many resources useful to all people looking to further their education. The site discusses the offline and online educational paths one can follow to obtain a degree from an accredited institution.

Arc of New Jersey: The Arc of New Jersey is a statewide, private, nonprofit advocacy organization incorporated in 1949 by a group of parents who had a vision of building a better quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities and their families www.arcnj.org

Bright Futures (Health and Mental Health Resources for Parents about Children) : For more information abut "bright and healthy futures" for your child, check out Family Voices' Web site at www.brightfuturesforfamilies.org

Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund: Financial assistance program for NJ families whose children have an illness or condition otherwise uncovered by insurance, State or Federal programs, or other source, such as fundraising. The Fund is intended to assist in preserving a family's ability to cope with the responsibilities which accompany a child's significant health problems.
www.njcatastrophicfund.org

Fact Sheets from the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools are available on topics such as children's vision, weight, dental health needs, mental health and more. Visit www.healthinschools.org

KidSource focuses primarily on health and education related issues. They offer articles on health care, a list of recalled products for children and babies, links to helpful resources and more. Visit www.kidsource.org

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey (MAWFNJ) grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To refer a child for a wish or to learn more about the program, please visit www.wishnj.org

Mental Health in Children and Adolescents is a "knowledge path" linking to a wealth of current, reference-based materials for parents and professionals- reports, resources, data, family organizations and more. www.mchlibrary.info

National Bullying Prevention Campaign, Take a Stand, Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now! The federal Health Resources and Services Administration has resources and communication kits available at 1-888-ASK-HRSA. Urge the schools in your neighborhood to request kits.

NJ Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI): provides NJ children with timely and appropriate screenings, diagnosis and intervention for hearing loss. http://nj.gov/health/fhs/ehdi/index.shtml

New Jersey Statewide Parent Advocacy Center, Home of the Family to Family Health Information Resource Center/Family Voices; Federation of Families, and many other resources and support information. www.spannj.org

New Jersey Poison Information & Education System (NJPIES, NJ's Poison Control Center) is a non-profit organization that coordinates the treatment & distribution of information concerning poisons, drugs & targeted health issues through telephone management, consultation, education & research. www.njpies.org

Parents Anonymous of New Jersey's mission is to protect children by strengthening families. They provide mutual support and parent leadership in free, professionally facilitated self-help groups for parents statewide www.pa-of-nj.org

Pfizer Maintain Program is a patience assistance program that can help eligible people in financial need continue to get their Pfizer medications if they are unemployed and do not have prescription coverage. bwww.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com

SIDS Awareness
2013 proclamation SIDS Awareness Month.pdf

Safe Sleep for Baby [English / Spanish]

Safe Sleeping Environment

Turner Syndrome Foundation creates awareness, promotes research, and provides support to all persons touched by Turner syndrome by creating opportunities to educate and support individuals, families, and professionals about TS patients. www.turnersyndromefoundation.org

Resources for Latinos

Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness, Emotional Wellness Tools now available online in Spanish - HRSA Office of Women's Health is pleased to share with you the new Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness, Emotional Wellness Tools, now available in Spanish for young and adult women. These tools , which focus on finding balance and purpose, and building connections and resilience, are the result of several focus group tests with Spanish speaking women to ensure cultural acceptance. The tools are available for downloading at http://www.hrsa.gov/womenshealth/ewtools/wguidespanish/introduccion.html and http://www.hrsa.gov/womenshealth/ewtools/ywguidespanish/introduccion.html

Please share with your networks and grantees who serve Spanish speaking young and adult women.

Profiles of Latino Health: A Closer Look at Latino Child Nutrition - Latinos, along with Blacks and American Indians, have some of the highest rates of child overweight and obesity in the nation. These children may already be showing warning signs of chronic health conditions that are associated with obesity in adulthood. This week's issue of NCLR's Profiles of Latino Health examines the implications of overweight and obesity for Hispanic children.

Latinos who are overweight or obese as children are likely to grow up to be overweight adults. Obesity is linked with a number of chronic health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. Overweight children are not only more likely to develop these problems as they age, they may also have already developed precursors to these diseases. In addition to the implications for their physical health, obese children and teens are more likely to suffer from mental, social, and behavioral issues that impede healthy functioning.

For more on the ramifications of child obesity for Latino children, check out " Issue 7: The Implications of Overweight and Obesity for Latino Children."