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NCPeds News Net -- April 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019  
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NCPeds News Net
April 2019

2020 Census: Ensuring North Carolina's Future

When the next Census begins on April 1, 2020, it will be vital to the future of our state and our nation to ensure that we count each child and adult. Why?

An accurate Census count will impact funding and public programs for our state for years to come.

The ten largest federal programs serving children nationwide distribute nearly $160 billion each year using Census data according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In North Carolina, an accurate Census count could impact more than $16 billion annually in federal funding that the state receives to support road construction, first responder services, school lunches, foster care and more according to NC Child.

But, nearly 1 million young children were missed in the 2010 Census. That equals more than a billion dollars in federal funding each year.

The American Academy of Pediatrics President Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP said it best: “Children are not numbers; they are the patients we care for and about… As trusted messengers, pediatricians must alert our colleagues, communities and patients’ families to the implications of a high undercount among young children and how it affects them and their communities.”

It is vitally important that all residents of North Carolina be accurately counted to ensure that the state receives the proper amount of federal funding to help support the health and development of the state’s children through programs including:

  • Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid)
  • State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Title IV-E Foster Care
  • Title IV-E Adoption Assistance
  • Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)

For more information and to find out how you can help, visit



Spring Open Forum

Our Spring Open Forum was held April 6. Thank you to everyone who joined us in Raleigh and to everyone who made the event such a success!


Meet NCPeds' Leaders
Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD, FAAP
NCPeds Secretary

NCPeds Endowment

 Keeping NCPeds Strong

For the past 12 years, Kenya McNeal-Trice has enjoyed the sense of community that comes from being active in NCPeds.

"The membership is an amazing group of providers. Attending the Annual Meeting every year has begun to feel like a family reunion!" she said. "Joining the NC Pediatric Society is an outstanding way to collaborate and engage with your pediatric colleagues across the state. In addition, it is inspiring to be a part of an amazing group of clinicians with a passion for advocating for children. I have gained invaluable insight and mentorship from the membership and know I have a professional home within the Society."

She currently serves as the NCPeds Secretary and has also served as the Treasurer, Member-At-Large of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Education Committee.

Kenya has been in practice for 17 years and is a Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Chair of Education, Pediatric Residency Program Director and Pediatric Hospitalist at the University ofNorth Carolina School of Medicine and North Carolina Children's Hospital.

"I truly enjoy working with patients and families, especially those children with complex and chronic healthcare needs," she said. "In addition, I am inspired by the colleagues I work alongside and their genuine passion for improving the health and well-being for ALL children and their families."

She lives in Chapel Hill with her family. Outside oftheoffice, you'll find Kenya traveling with her family to museums and historic sites across the country, attending concerts and theater performances or playing a competitive board game during a weekly "Family Game Night."

With an eye on NCPeds' future financial needs, theBoard established the NCPeds Endowment in 2015, which is housed at the North Carolina Community Foundation. “We wanted to be thinking five, ten, even 15 years down the road to create a strong base for the organization,” said John Rusher, who was President when the endowment was created.

Continuing to grow the endowment is important to NCPeds' financial future. Ultimately, the endowment will generate annual interest income which will help support NCPeds' work, such as monitoring our legislative priorities and supporting our advocacy for kids.

If you are interested in supporting the NCPeds Endowment, there are many ways to do so, including:

  • An annual donation or a multi-year pledge
  • A gift of appreciated stock
  • An IRA Charitable Rollover which allows individuals aged 70 1/2 and older to make federal tax free distributions directly to the endowment from an individual retirement account
  • Include NCPeds in your estate planning

Please visit our website to learn more about NCPeds endowment and the ways you can support it.

Thank you for the many ways you help keep NCPeds strong!



Dates to Remember

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