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NCPeds News Net -- February 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020  
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The 2020 Census:

Counting for North Carolina’s Future

It’s 2020, and the new decade brings a new census.

An accurate census is vital to the future of our state because it helps to determine how and where billions of dollars in aid for child health will flow. In our state, an accurate census count could impact $1.9 billion for the children’s part of Medicaid, $395 million for CHIP and $1 billion for the children’s portion of SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). Census results can also help determine routes for emergency responders, road construction, school lunches and more.

Distressingly, very young children are the LEAST likely to be counted. This is especially true for children of color.

But, we can help. There is a lot that pediatricians can do to help improve the Census count, and we have time to make it happen before Census Day on April 1.

Here are some examples of what pediatricians and practices across North Carolina are doing to help improve our census count.

  • Promoting County Efforts: In Wake County, several practices including Cary-Apex-Fuquay Varina Pediatric Centers, Jeffers Mann and Artman Pediatrics, and Raleigh Pediatric Associates are working with the Wake County Complete Count Committee’s Subcommittee on Young Children to distribute and display yard signs in their practices and provide coloring sheets (with crayons) for children and fact sheets for parents in their waiting rooms.

  • Putting Out Fact Sheets in Waiting Rooms: In Beaufort County, Washington Pediatrics has printed out fact sheets to have for parents in the waiting room. Other practices are using Spanish language material from the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • Writing Letters to the Editor: Dr. Susan Mims in Buncombe County is writing a letter to the editor on the importance of the census.

  • Blitzing Social Media: Cary-Apex-Fuquay Varina Pediatric Centers are planning a social media campaign. Dr. John Rusher at Raleigh Pediatrics is featured in a census video of NC Child. The American Academy of Pediatrics plans on providing social media tips in March so all tweetitricians can make sure #EveryChildCounts.

Resources:

Looking for a way to help in your own offices? The following links provide downloadable fact sheets about the census that can be printed and distributed in waiting rooms and offices:

There’s still time to educate your patients on the importance of being counted in the census! March is the perfect time to begin educating everyone about the importance of Census Day on April 1.

2020 Winter Open Forum

We had a wonderful time at the 2020 Winter Open Forum in January.

Thank you to everyone who came to Greenville for the event and to our terrific speakers for the great presentations and discussions.

Meet NCPeds’ Leaders

Timothy Bukowski, MD, FAAP, FACS

Associated Urologists of North Carolina

For more than 22 years, Timothy Bukowski, MD, FAAP, FACS, has been an active part of NCPeds, and he’s helped create a community for pediatric subspecialists within NCPeds.

As the only pediatric urologist at Associated Urologists of North Carolina, he knows the importance of subspecialists in the pediatric field and how important it is to maintain connections with pediatricians through NCPeds’ activities.

“I try to attend the Annual Meeting and…that provides me opportunities to meet face to face with many of my referring pediatricians on a casual basis and deepens our relationships. I enjoy reviewing the resident posters at the meeting, and having a chance to chat with them, as they help keep me up to date with general pediatrics,” he said.

Timothy was instrumental in representing the needs of pediatric subspecialists to the board as a liaison and helped form what is today’s NCPeds Pediatric Subspecialist Task Force. He also served on the NCPeds Foundation Board and served as its president from 2006-2007 and currently serves on the Development Committee.

“NCPeds is a great organization that provides the glue that brings together child healthcare stakeholders to improve education, funding, and well-being for the children of North Carolina. NCPeds bridges the gap between the academic and private practice worlds, as well as between legislative and citizen worlds,” he said. “It is a unique resource that helps improve care for the children of North Carolina. And, its reach also extends nationally, as many of our members have advanced care with the American Academy of Pediatrics.”

Timothy is a pediatric urologist at Associated Urologists of North Carolina and a Professor of Urology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and his medical degree from the University of Buffalo.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Timothy lives in Chapel Hill and is a hockey player, coach and fan. In his spare time, you’ll find him coaching hockey through USA Hockey or the UNC Club Hockey team or playing a pickup game of hockey with his family.

Meet NCPeds’ Staff

Kelsey Kemp

Special Projects Manager

We are excited to welcome Kelsey Kemp to NCPeds as our Special Projects Manager. Kelsey joined our staff in January 2020 and will be responsible for developing and implementing member projects, managing outreach efforts, and fund development.

Before joining NCPeds, Kelsey worked in fundraising, consulting, and government affairs.

Kelsey earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. In her spare time, Kelsey practices photography and enjoys riding bikes with her spouse, Dr. Matthew Bruehl, a pediatric pulmonologist at WakeMed Children’s. They live in Northwest Cary with their cats Abbey, CJ, and Leo.

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