Jim Soapes Charity Golf Classic

Pediatric Foundation of Georgia Golf Tournament will be held on April 24. Please register today!

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February 2024

If it’s February, that means the Georgia Legislature is in full-swing, baseball spring training starts mid-month, and Winter flu, Covid and RSV are still on our members’ minds as you care for their young patients.


The 2024 state legislative session has reached Day 10 of its 40-day run. Adjournment is set for March 27.   Earlier this week, we  had our Legislative Day at the Capitol, back in full force after some abbreviated versions during the last 3 years due to the pandemic.  We had 48 members to come to the Capitol on Jan. 30 to meet their state legislators and advocate for the issues that are important to our members and their patients. We heard from Dept. of Community Health Commissioner, Russel Carlson, and Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Kevin Tanner before we walked over to the Capitol.

Be sure to check our Advocacy page for weekly updates from the state Capitol.  We were joined by our colleagues in the PCP Coalition—family medicine, internal medicine, OB-Gyn, and osteopathic medicine—and we thank them for making the PCP Coalition a formidable voice for physicians at the Capitol.

Our legislative priorities will focus on protecting Georgia’s childhood immunization laws, increasing Medicaid payment rates, injury prevention (including gun safety), and youth mental health will be among them. By the way, the Chapter Legislative Committee meets regularly during the session via Zoom in the evenings and is open to all members.  To join, contact Joanna Caceres-Aponte at the Chapter. (jcaceres-aponte@gaaap.org.)  Also, follow the events at the State Capitol by checking out our Advocacy page during the session, which we’ll update every week.

In March, the Georgia AAP will again produce the Immunize Georgia Conference, held on Wednesday, March 6, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. This Georgia Dept. of Public Health day-long conference focuses on all aspects of immunizations from ID, to storage & handling, GRITS, vaccine hesitancy and more. This would be a wonderful learning event for pediatricians, and for your office staff, both clinical and administrative. CME and nursing credits are offered. For more information, click here.

Speaking of events, the Georgia AAP regularly produces webinars, EPIC ® programs, ECHO® programs for our members benefit—and they are always free to our members.  These programs focus on immunizations, breastfeeding, mental & behavioral health, and other timely topics. Later this month, for example, we’ll have a webinar on Syphilis: Always Present & Now on the Rise. We have produced this in response to the uptick in that disease recently in Georgia and around the country.

Jim Soapes
Charity Golf Classic

In April, we’d head to the golf course to benefit the Pediatric Foundation of Georgia, the Chapter’s philanthropic foundation. The date is April 24, at the Cherokee Run Golf Course in Conyers. Registration & information arriving in your mailbox next week!  And on the subject of the Foundation, we’re entering the final year of our Endowment Campaign to raise $500,000 to for the foundation.  Please consider a gift to the foundation to help us reach that wonderful milestone!  We only have $65,000 to go! To donate, just visit the Chapter’s website, www.gaaap.org, and go to the Foundation page and the rest is easy.

And to help you get through any lingering wintertime blues, we recommend Pediatrics By the Sea!!  Our popular summer conference will be held June 12-15, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Amelia Island, Fla.  Registration and the hotel room block will be opening in early February. This year’s program chair is Edward Clark, MD, FAAP, chair of pediatrics at Mercer-Macon and the Olson Children’s Hospital in Macon.

As always, please let us know at the Georgia AAP office if we can ever assist you.


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