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NCPeds News Net -- September 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018  
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NCPeds News Net
September 2018


2018 Election & Voting Resources

Election Day is Nov. 6 – please make sure your voice and vote are heard for kids!

In addition to every seat in the N.C. General Assembly, this election also includes six proposed changes to the N.C. Constitution, and a seat for U.S. Congress.

Not able to make it to the polls on election day? You can vote via absentee ballot or at One Stop (Early) Voting locations. For those choosing to vote via absentee ballot, please allow time to request and receive your ballot from the State Board of Elections and to return your ballot via U.S. mail.

We’ve compiled some resources below to help as you prepare for Election Day.

Please make sure to vote and help others do so.

Important Dates:

  • Oct. 12:Voter Registration Deadline (It can take two weeks after submission to be registered)
  • Oct. 17-Nov. 3:One Stop (Early) Voting Period. (Dates and time vary by county)
  • Oct. 30:Final deadline to request an absentee ballot
  • Nov. 6:Election Day




Thank you Debbie Ainsworth and Michael Riddick!

This month we say thank you to two of our long-serving board members. Debbie Ainsworth and Michael Riddick will end their terms as board members at the end of September, and we are grateful for their work on behalf of NCPeds!

Debbie Ainsworth, MD, FAAP, is the current NCPeds Past President and has served in various positions on the board of directors and on the Policy and Legislative Committee and Oversight of Health Choice Committee. She has worked at Washington Pediatrics in Washington, N.C. for nearly 30 years.

Michael Riddick, MBA, EA, currently serves as a member of the NCPeds Board of Directors. He has served on the Membership Committee and the Pediatric Council and has served as Chair of the Practice Manager's Planning Committee. He is the Practice Administrator for Goldsboro Pediatrics, P.A. which has offices in Goldsboro, Princeton, Mt. Olive and LaGrange.

We thank Debbie and Michael for their many years of service to NCPeds!








Meet NCPeds' Leaders
Susan Mims, MD, MPH, FAAP
NCPeds President


Hurricane Florence Recovery Resources

For 24 years, Susan Mims has joyfully witnessed the optimism of children first-hand. In fact, it’s what she loves most about being a pediatrician.


She currently serves as the Vice President for Children’s and Genetics and Chief of Pediatrics for Mission Health in Asheville.


As NCPeds’ new president, Susan plans to further expand and engage the Society’s membership in the work of addressing the critical issues for our children’s health and well-being.


“By implementing our newly revised strategic plan and specifically focusing on the Society’s relevance to all types of pediatricians - private practice, academic, specialists, generalists, public heath, and others – we will enhance member engagement,” she said. “Through our collective work in advocacy, education and programs, the N.C. Pediatric Society will continue to play an essential role in raising awareness of and changing outcomes for children on key issues, such as Medicaid transformation, foster care, and immigrant health.”


Susan has been involved with NCPeds since she began her residency in 1994 and has served in board positions including Secretary, Vice President and Chair of the Development Committee.


She lives in Asheville with her family and enjoys spending time with her family doing outdoor activities such as hiking, being on the lake and watching her sons’ soccer matches.In her spare time, you’ll find this former college diver swimming, practicing hip hop dance or making jewelry.


Our hearts continue to go out to everyone impacted by Hurricane Florence especially those waiting for rivers to crest, drying out and restoring power, and more.

We continue to be inspired by the dedication and passion our members show every day by caring for kids in so many ways and circumstances. Thank you for all you are doing!

Below are some disaster recovery resources that may be helpful.

NCDHHS resources:The N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has compiled a list of resources including a fact sheet to providers regarding what to do after a storm (aimed at families), ways to volunteer and tips for making sure people can access benefits and services such as mental health services, Medicaid and SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps).

NCDHHS Fact Sheet for Providers: This fact sheet by the NCDHHS discusses provider enrollment, prior authorization, EMTALA, prescriptions and more.

"Hurricane Preparedness: Tips for Families":The American Academy of Pediatrics provides some informative resources for "Hurricane Preparedness: Tips for Families" on

"Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events":The American Academy of Pediatrics provides tips for how to speak to children about tragedies and other events on




Dates to Remember

Mark your calendars for these upcoming NCPeds events.

  • Career Day--PL3, Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the Doubletree Hotel in Durham
  • Career Day--PL2, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the Doubletree Hotel in Durham
  • Winter Open Forum, Saturday, January 26, 2019 at theWinston-Salem Marriott


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