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NCPeds News Net -- September 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020  
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Election 2020: Pediatricians Get Out the Vote

Nov. 3 is just around the corner and pediatricians across the state are working to spread the word about the importance of voting in the upcoming election.

Check out some of the creative ways that NCPeds members are working to Get Out the Vote.

Levine Children’s Hospital: A Voting How-To Guide

After noticing the residents and attendings leading the way to promote voting in the 2016 and 2018 elections, the physicians of Levine Children’s Hospital decided to take a focused approach to promoting the importance of voting in 2020.

“As Pediatricians, making our voices heard is a powerful tool, one that is never more important than this November. For those of us working with residents, this means helping them use their voting platform, no matter how far from home they may have landed for training,” said Stefanie Reed DO, FAAP and Sara Horstmann MD, FAAP of Levine Children’s Hospital.

  1. Registering to Vote: They created a “how-to guide” for the new-in-town residents and set up registration stations during intern orientation and yearly fit testing sites.  They’ve since added scannable badges that allow residents, colleagues and families to register with one click of their phones.
  2. Mail-In Voting: They bring absentee requests to noon conferences and morning reports throughout the early fall and offer to assist with mailing.
  3. Getting to the Polls: Regular emails and updates that list polling sites, candidate information, and early voting days are sent to residents and interns, and these lists are posted in elevators, team rooms, and shared on social media. On Election Day, they arrange temporary attending coverage for patient care rotations, helping residents get to the polls.

 

Burlington Pediatrics: Marketing Materials

Burlington Pediatrics has been using the Vot-ER Initiative (https://vot-er.org/temporaryhdk/) to promote the importance of voting in their community.

The practice team used the website, toolkit and custom QR code provided by Vot-ER, to create marketing materials for the office and social media. The free digital resources allowed them to feature their staff in the materials.

“The first day we featured our Facebook post, one of our staff members sent me a message expressing how proud she was of the work we do in our community. Her mom used our resource to register to vote for the first time. This is really meaningful to know that we’re empowering members of our work family and our community,” said Yun Boylston of Burlington Pediatrics.

 

Duke University: Teaming Up to Vote

Martha Ann Keels of Duke Street Pediatric Dentistry and Duke University didn’t let school rivalries get in the way of promoting voting among dental students.

“After learning about the Vot-ER Initiative via NCPeds’ White Coat Day, I reached out to dental student leaders at UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry and ECU School of Dentistry.   Our goal is to make sure all dental students at both schools are registered to vote,” she said.

The Vot-ER Initiative promotes the importance of voting and the impact it can have on the healthcare system. The Initiative is dedicated to helping make it easier for patients to participate in the democratic process and provides a free toolkit for healthcare providers to use in educating the public about the voting process.

 

Piedmont Health Services: A Healthy Community is a Voting Community

Piedmont Health Services, Inc. has adopted the motto of “A Healthy Community is a Voting Community.” 

Brian Toomey, CEO explains, “We wanted to find an efficient way to promote voting as an important part of community health, and to share practical information about voter registration and the voting process with those we serve in both our community health centers and in our Piedmont Health SeniorCare program.  As part of this effort, we are so pleased to be participating in the Vot-ER program being implemented in hospitals and community health centers across the nation.” 

Staff carry Vot-ER cards which contain a QR code that when scanned links people directly to a website (or they can text “Vote Piedmont” to 34444 for the website link), where they may register to vote and/or request to vote by mail. 

 

Resources

To request a NC absentee ballot check out: www.ncsbe.gov/voting-options/absentee-voting

To learn more about scannable badges check out: https://vot-er.org/temporaryhdk/

Deadlines and more info on NCPeds’ Voter Resource page: https://www.ncpeds.org/page/votekids

We’d love to hear what others are doing across the state. Tell us what you are doing in your area!

Fiscal Relief for Independent Practices

On September 4th, Governor Cooper signed into law H 1105, Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0. This bill allocates $25 million in fiscal relief for independent practices!

Thank you to all NCPeds members who participated in outreach surrounding this issue or reached out to your legislators on the importance of passing this legislation!

H 1105 is the third COVID-19-related relief bill enacted by the Legislature since the beginning of the Pandemic. The funds allocated through H 1105 originate from federal CARES Act funding. 

Early in the pandemic, NCPeds together with the Academy of Family Physicians surveyed our members and found substantial fiscal distress, especially for independent practices.  While many hospitals, FQHCs, charitable clinics and others received important direct fiscal relief, these sort of lifeline payments were often lacking for independent practices. NCPeds and the NC Academy of Family Physicians has worked closely with lawmakers and other stakeholders, including the North Carolina Medical Society, to provide these practices much needed financial relief. H 1105 contains a provision allocating $25 million to the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation to distribute to independent medical practices across North Carolina with demonstrable financial needs.

NCPeds is pleased to be part of the team convened by the N.C. Medical Society to create a short application that effectively captures information to help target relief to practices who need it the most to keep access to needed care as strong as possible.

Thank you to all of our members who provided much-needed support in this advocacy effort. We could not have been successful without you.  

Meet NCPeds' Leaders

Anna Miller-Fitzwater, MD, FAAP

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

An active member of NCPeds for nine years, Anna Miller-Fitzwater, MD, FAAP is a new face on the NCPeds’ Board of Directors and also serves as the NCPeds Early Childhood Champion.

“NCPeds allows me to stay connected with the latest pertinent news for NC pediatric providers and allows for personal connections within the network of pediatricians across the state,” she said.

She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and enjoys how pediatrics positively affects children’s lives.

“My favorite part of the pediatric field is being able to positively affect a child’s future, one of my favorite ways to do that is via Reach Out and Read,” she said.

She received her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and degrees in Public Health and Medicine from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Anna lives in Boonville, NC and enjoys reading and traveling.

PPE Resources 

Looking for resources and information about PPE? We've gathered some here for our members.

COVID-19 Resources and Events

There are several resources available for the latest in COVID-19 updates. Mark your calendar for the following meetings and learning opportunities.

  • NCPeds' Solution Share: Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. (You can log in as a member on our events page)
  • Medicaid Managed Care Calls with NCDHHS: 1st Thursday of the month
  • Medicaid Clinical Policy Calls with NCDHHS: 3rd Thursday of the month
  • Open House with Dr. Betsey Tilson and Dr. Zack Moore at the N.C. Division of Public Health: 2nd and 4th Friday at 12:30 p.m. through October (Join via Zoom or dial-in at 646-558-8656 using webinar ID 705-979-628. Past sessions available here
  • Navigating COVID Partnership call with NC Academy of Family Physicians, NC Psychiatric Association, NCAHEC and CCNC: 4th Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. Topics range from fiscal relief to mental health to back to school to office readiness. (Join via Zoom or dial-in at 646-558-8656 using webinar ID 705-979-628. Past sessions available here.) 

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