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NCPeds News Net -- June 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020  
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COVID-19 By the Numbers

When COVID-19 restrictions and stay-at-home orders went into effect in March, NCPeds jumped into action to make sure we were doing all we could to best help our members get the information and resources they needed most.

Over the past three months, we have partnered with a variety of associations, organizations, and state agencies to deliver webinars, Zoom calls, and resource-rich webpages dedicated to helping our members weather the pandemic. We’ve partnered with groups including the N.C. Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP), Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), N.C. Area Health Exchange Centers (NC AHEC), N.C. Psychiatry Association (NCPA), NC Child, and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) – just to name a few.

Virtual CME

When it became evident that we would not be able to meet in person for our Spring Open Forum in April, several of our members worked with us to record on-demand webinars for three CME credit hours. Members can watch one or all six of these pre-recorded webinars anytime between now and Oct. 1. Learn more and register here.

Solution Share Calls

Soon after our first “Solution Share” conference call in March, we decided to convert this into a weekly Zoom call for members to discuss strategies, challenges, and updates with one another. To date, we have held 15 Solution Share Zoom calls with participation typically ranging from 25 to 30 people each week. Our chapter was featured in a recent issue of AAP News Magazine as an example of creative ways chapters are working to stay connected with members. As we head into summer, we are using these calls to discuss back-to-school issues, well-child exams, and other COVID concerns that arise as we continue to “re-open” in gradual phases. Sign up for our weekly calls here.

Physician Surveys

Since March, we have conducted three surveys of physicians (two for general pediatricians and one for subspecialists, respectively). We used these surveys to learn what our members needed most and have used the results in letters to state leaders and legislators. (See the survey results and letters here.This information helped inform an increase in the per member per month and changes to distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We also shared it with our congressional delegation as we reached out to urge direct relief for Medicaid providers.

Navigating COVID Calls

Data from the physician surveys has also helped inform Navigating COVID calls with partners NCAFP, NCPA, NCAHEC, and CCNC about topics ranging from navigating the Paycheck Protection Program to charting a new course as restrictions ease to speaking with commercial insurance to recalling patients. More than 2,000 people have participated in these calls. You can check out past content here.The next one is June 30 and will focus on school re-opening.

As we continue waging the battle against COVID-19, NCPeds will be here to help you get what you need. Please do not hesitate to contact us with ideas or ways we can help you better practice medicine during thistime.


NCPeds Committed to Fighting Racism

On June 19, we celebrated Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed slaves almost two and a half years earlier and the American Civil War had largely ended, Texas was the most remote of the slave states where enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent.

We are all aware that our Black and African American communities are disproportionately affected by chronic illness, limited access to healthcare, higher pregnancy and infant mortality rates, and the list goes on.The COVID-19 pandemic is no different as the Black and African American communities are dying at higher rates than others in the U.S. They are also at higher risk of losing their lives walking down the street, sitting in their homes, and being in public spaces than the rest of our population.The ugly wounds and scars of racism plaguing our country for centuries now is center stage for our nation and our world and can no longer be ignored. We will not sit idly by and watch as the lives of black men, women, and children are brutally snuffed out. While today we recognize the specific harms of slavery on black lives, we also acknowledge racism’s devastating consequences for indigenous people, LatinX and other families of color.

The North Carolina Pediatric Society affirms and maintains a strong commitment to fighting racism and its effect on children and their families. NCPeds commitment is to not only diversity, but also inclusion. A commitment is more than words on a page. It is actions toward social justice. To this end, NCPeds works to operationalize equity within our programming, policies, leadership, and education. NCPeds is committed to our future through our children. We recognize that addressing systemic and structural racism in our society is key to creating an equitable path forward for our children and for a better future for us all.

Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism and Practicing Solidarity

Resources for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to Engage in Self-Care

Resources for Pediatric Providers

Meet NCPeds' Leaders

Akilah Grimes, MD, FAAP

Atrium Health Levine Children's Suburban Pediatrics

As the incoming Co-Chair of the NCPeds Early Career Physicians Subcommittee andmember of the Board of Directors of NCPeds, Akilah Grimes, MD, FAAP, is planning for a busy year ahead as she helps lead the committee, recruits new members and connects with her NCPeds colleagues.

The Early Career Physicians Subcommittee provides valuable guidance and resources for early career physicians and those transitioning out of residency and fellowship. The committee oversees ECP breakout sessions during NCPeds meetings, connects via their Facebook group, and provides regular updates to its members.

“We are trying to encourage recent residency graduates to join the Early Career Physicians Subcommittee and to recognize the benefits of being active in a local chapter of the AAP,” she said.

Akilah is a General Pediatrician at Atrium Health Levine Children's Suburban Pediatrics in Davidson. She’s been involved with NCPeds since she completed her residency in 2015.

“My interest in NCPeds started when I was in residency, and I saw the benefit of connecting with local pediatricians across the state. It’s a great resource to learn what other people are doing, connect and form relationships,” she said. “It’s just beneficial all around. You can stay up to date, and it helps to keep you grounded.”

Akilah received her undergraduate degree from Hampton University and her medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

She lives in Huntersville. Outside of work, you can find her working out, catching up on new movies, traveling and trying new foods.

August 5th: Virtual White Coat Wednesday

Mark your calendars!

Please join us for our first virtual White Coat Wednesday on August 5th, 2020!

Our agenda and more details will be coming out soon! Please register now to receive the agenda updates and webinar links.

If you have any problems registering, please reach out to Kelsey Kemp at or at 919-839-1156 x 201.

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