Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Project Firstline seeks to help educate all frontline healthcare workers on the principles and protocols of infection prevention, with a focus on COVID-19. Pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists are engaged as subject matter expert presenters and can receive continuing education credits for participation in the webinars funded through this project.
“Learn the Signs. Act Early.” is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and seeks to increase developmental and Autism screenings in primary care and to improve access to resources that promote resilience for young children and families. Four FAAPs are engaged in the State Team that is guiding this health systems work, including Arkansas’s Act Early Ambassador, Dr. Angie Scott.
Pritzker Children’s Initiative
This three-year grant is focused on policy and advocacy work to improve health and education outcomes for children prenatal-to-age-three. The grant’s leadership team includes partners from Excel by Eight, the Arkansas Association for Infant Mental Health, and ARAAP. ARAAP’s work is focused on creating healthy beginnings for young children, including improved access to Bright Futures-recommended screenings and a demonstration of the evidence-based HealthySteps program.
Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation
With a grant from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation, ARAAP will work in partnership with the ARAAP Foundation to increase the percentage of children referred to a dental home, provide our members with Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunities focused on pediatrician’s role in dental health and the coverage of children’s oral health in Arkansas, and build robust referral networks among providers who support children’s well-being. This work is guided, in part, by the Chapter’s Education Committee.
Keeping Kids Connected to Coverage
This grant enhances the Chapter’s ability to partner with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the state’s Kids Count organization that works toward policy changes that positively impact children and families. The Arkansas grant has focused on maintaining Arkansas’s Medicaid expansion (now called ARHome), making improvements to ARKids First including 12-month continuous coverage for ARKids First A, and improving access to vaccines in Arkansas.