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NCPeds News Net -- August 2020

Monday, August 31, 2020  
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2020 Census: There's Still Time to be Counted

COVID-19 has undoubtedly overshadowed the 2020 Census and outreach efforts to ensure that all households complete the Census before the deadline, which has now been extended to Sept. 30. According to the NC Counts Coalition, recent data shows that almost 60 percent of households have completed the 2020 Census, putting our state in the bottom half of state returns - at 36 out of 50 states and Washington, D.C. 

An accurate Census count is important for a variety of reasons including federal funding formulas, planning of emergency routes and even the number of representatives our state has in Congress. An undercount would mean an under-allocation of resources to North Carolina for the next decade.  

Historically, children are more likely to be undercounted in the Census, especially in families of color and areas with high rates of poverty. Undercounting households will directly affect key programs which promote family health and well-being, such as Medicaid, funding for schools, nutrition services, and more. 

In North Carolina, groups including the NC Counts Coalition and NC Child are still working to help advertise the Census in childcare centers and doctors’ offices across the state. 

Dr. Christoph Diasio, partner at Sandhills Pediatrics and president of NCPeds, recorded a short video explaining how and why he talks to patients about the importance of filling out the Census this year. 

Watch Dr. Diasio’s short video here.

As Dr. Diasio mentions in the video, he says he takes 30-60 seconds to ask his patients’ parents if they have filled out the Census yet. “It’s really important that we have an accurate count of all of the children,” he says. “This determines…where your county school board will build schools, how much money your county gets for education, and a whole bunch of other programs for child health.” 

Dr. Diasio directs families to the website and encourages other practices to add the site to their webpages and social media channels. We would also encourage you to visit our 2020 Census page on our website to find Census resources in Spanish and English.

NCPeds' 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the attendees of our first ever Virtual Annual Meeting, to all of our fantastic speakers, to the Board Members who moderated the meetings, to the Planning Committee for their foresight in creating a timely agenda, and to our tech team EZAV! Everyone had a hand in making this event a success, and we appreciate you for making this work. If you have any questions, please send Kathryn Carroll an email.

If you attended the Virtual Annual Meeting and have not already done so, please take a moment to fill out our post-event survey here. We use your input to build future agendas.

Looking forward, please be sure to mark your calendars to join us in Pinehurst for next year's 90th Annual Meeting on Aug. 27- Aug. 29, 2021. We have big plans for it and can't wait to see you there!

Meet NCPeds' Leaders

Christop Diasio, MD, FAAP

NCPeds President

After being involved with NCPeds for more than 15 years, Christoph Diasio, MD, FAAP, is the organization’s new president. 

Christoph previously served as NCPeds’ vice president and is passionate about pediatric advocacy. He also previously served as a cofounder of the Pediatric Council which tries to improve the interactions between pediatricians and payors. Pediatric advocacy will be a central issue throughout his time as NCPeds President.

“I look forward to helping the state’s pediatricians navigate through the transition to private insurance company Medicaid so that our patients can still get care,” he said. “We will continue our work of advocating for children and pediatricians because, even in a polarized time, everyone should be able to do the right thing for children. They are 100% of the future!”

Throughout his involvement with NCPeds, he’s seen how the organization impacts the children and adolescents in our state.

“I’ve witnessed the power of NCPeds to help children and pediatricians survive and thrive by advocating with government and private industry partners.  NCPeds is an amazing organization that enables tremendous good for the children of our state,” he said.

With 23 years of experience, Christoph is a Pediatrician and Co-Managing Partner at Sandhills Pediatrics which serves Southern Pines, Seven Lakes and Raeford. He grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his pediatric internship and residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

He lives in Pinehurst with his family where you can find them traveling with the local high school Speech and Debate team, watching movies and taking beach trips to one of NC’s coastal towns.

Annual Meeting Premier Sponsor

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation

We are excited to announce that the BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation served as our Annual Meeting Premier Sponsor! A big thank you to the foundation for supporting our annual meeting and making it possible to provide an exciting program for our attendees.

The BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation generously sponsored the following residents for our Virtual Annual Meeting which was held Aug. 15:

  • Dr. Kendra Jackson, Atrium Health Levine Children’s Medical Group
  • Dr. Nicole Studebaker, Atrium Health Levine Children’s Medical Group
  • Dr. Kara Hoffman, Duke
  • Dr. Jessica Eubanks, ECU
  • Dr. Yingying Zheng, ECU 


Learn more about the BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation at its website

Thank You to NCPeds' Board of Directors

At the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting NCPeds elected its new officers and welcomed new Board Members for the 2020-2021 year.

We thank all current and former board members for your service to NCPeds and to the pediatric industry of NC!

A big thank you to our new officers:

  • President: Christoph Diasio, MD, FAAP
  • Vice President: Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD, FAAP
  • Secretary: Theresa Flynn, MD, MPH, FAAP
  • Treasurer: David Tayloe III, MD, FAAP
  • Past President: Susan Mims, MD, MPH, FAAP

A big welcome to our newest Board members: Brian Bowman, MD, FAAP; Lisa Delphias, MHA; Akilah Grimes, MD, FAAP; and Anna Miller Fitzwater, MD, FAAP.

And a grateful farewell to Dr. Scott St. Clair, MD, FAAP; Natacha Draper; Larry Mann, MD, FAAP; and Preeti Matkins, MD, FAAP. Thank you all for your dedicated service!

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