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A Message From Our CEO

STATEMENT ON RACISM AND INEQUALITY

At this time, when the entire world has been struggling with the toll the pandemic has had on our daily lives, our loved ones, and the world economy, we are now faced with an even greater adversary that threatens the very fabric of our communities and the nation. The senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others have brought into clear view some of the racial disparities and injustices that permeate many aspects of our lives. These deaths have lit a fuse, sparking outrage, anger, and protests around the world, including in our very own communities. At this time, it is clear that racism, in all its forms, must be addressed and eradicated – for the sake of our entire country, but especially for our children.

As an organization focused on helping those who provide care for children, KHF has an important role to play in supporting the well-being of our communities, through the efforts of our member practices. It is not lost on us that communities of color have been disproportionately affected by both the coronavirus pandemic and police brutality. We want to do all we can to help our member practices provide a clear focus on population health and are committed to achieving the goal of maximizing the health goals for all of our patients and families, regardless of skin color.

The Board and I are writing this letter to tell you that our commitment to these goals, and our community, is stronger than ever. We hope you have seen that commitment from all the KHF activities that have occurred throughout the pandemic. Our reemergence plan is focused on targeting all of those patients who have been impacted directly and have not received the care they need during this time. This is just the start of how we will serve you and your patients in the months and years ahead. We have great things under development that will build on this progress and will empower our practices to serve their respective populations in an even more focused way!

By being part of the pediatric profession, we all chose a path of service. Kid Health First and our member practices have always been committed to serving everyone in our community equally, and we intend to stand by everyone we serve. In the coming weeks, Kids Health First will bring our practices some resources to help you address these issues and take some steps forward in a positive direction. If you have thoughts or ideas about what would be helpful to you and your practice, please let us know.

Tom Finnerty, CEO and the Board of Directors


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March 19, 2021 Social Media Posts-Updates from CDC on New Social Distancing Guidelines in Schools

-CDC publishes new guidelines for social distancing in schools

3 Feet vs. 6 Feet-Safety for our Children during School

The CDC has revised its ’s guidelines for social distancing for kids in school. The new recommendations apply to all K-12 students, regardless of the level of community transmission. The most significant change is that children can now sit 3 feet apart instead of the previously recommended 6 feet as long as they are wearing masks. The new guidelines also include the following recommendations:

  • If transmission is high in the community, middle and high school students should remain 6 feet apart in school settings.
  • A distance of 6 feet continues to be recommended between students and adults, and in common areas such as the cafeteria, and during activities such as band practice and sports for all individuals; and
  • Frequent handwashing, improved ventilation, and cleaning and maintaining a health facility should continue to be important mitigation strategies in the fight against COVID.

Increase in contact tracing, isolation and quarantining in cooperation with the local health department will also be important.

For more information on these new guidelines, visit www.cdc.gov

#Protectourchildren #Nameofpractice


CDC/AAP Updates

Children and teens can get sick with COVID-19 even though fewer children than adults have been sick with the virus. Most children have mild or no symptoms, and those with no symptoms (asymptomatic) can still spread the virus to others. Children can also get severely ill, and may even require hospitalization. The best protection is to be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 in children and practice safety guidelines promoted by the CDC and other health agencies, which include wearing a face covering, washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, and practicing social distancing.

If you have concerns about whether or not your child has COVID-19, call your pediatrician to determine next steps. #COVID19Symptoms #Name of Practice

 (Source: www.cdc.gov)


COVID Testing for Children

 (Source: www.healthychildren.org)

Should My Child Be Tested for COVID?  

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if you are concerned that your child has been exposed to COVID-19 or is exhibiting symptoms of COVID, your best resource is your child’s pediatrician.The pediatrician can help you decide when, and if, your child should be tested. If tested, your child’s pediatrician can also help inform and guide you on “next steps,”  based on the results. Your pediatrician is your best resource for all your questions and concerns about COVID-19 and your child.  #COVIDTesting #NameofPractice

When Should My Child Be Tested for COVID?             

  • My child is experiencing symptoms.
  • My child is scheduled to have a medical procedure or surgery.
  • My child has been exposed and is participating in sports.
  • My child has been exposed at school.
  • My child has been exposed at work.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if your child has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, wait at least 4 days after exposure to be tested, unless experiencing symptoms. If experiencing symptoms, call your pediatrician now.

For more information on when testing may be advised, visit www.healthychildren.org or call your

pediatrician at xxx-xxxx.  #COVIDTesting #NameofPractice

(Source: www. healthychildren.org)

Does My Child Have COVID-19?               

(Name of Practice) is now providing Covid-19 testing using (identify type of test-PCR or antigen*). You should receive results (indicate timing, such as within 1-3 days, etc.) If your child is showing symptoms or has recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your pediatrician now to determine whether testing is needed. After your child is tested, the pediatrician will explain the results and guide you through “next steps.”  #COVIDTesting #NameofPractice

*These tests will not tell you if your child had COVID-19 in the past.

What kind of COVID-19 Testing is Available for Children? 

According to the AAP, there are two types of COVID-19 tests that are being used for children—a diagnostic test to determine if your child has the virus and an antibody test to determine if your child had the virus at some point in the past.

Your child’s pediatrician can help you better understand what each test can and cannot do, and whether or not your child needs to be tested.

Option 1 to end post:

If you have questions about whether or not your child needs to be tested, call xxx-xxxx to speak with us.

#COVIDTesting #NameofPractice

Option 2 to end post:

(Name of practice) is currently offering (include which type of test is being used).  If your child is experiencing symptoms or has been exposed to COVID-19, call xxx-xxxx to speak with your pediatrician who will assist and guide you on “next steps.” #COVIDTesting #NameofPractice

 

Traveling Safely During the Pandemic

To Clean or Not to Clean?  Keeping My Child’s Car Seat Free from COVID

While you may be cleaning other parts of your car with a disinfecting wipe to help prevent the spread of COVID, cleaning car seats and seat belts is different. A disinfecting chemical may cause damage to the seat belts leading to the car seat or seat belts, resulting in the seat belt failing during an  car crash.

Because car seats, booster seats and seat belts cannot be disinfected, the AAP recommends using a mild detergent and water. Check the owner’s manual to find out which cleaning products to use. 

For more information on travel safety during the pandemic, visit https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Travel-Safety-During-the-Pandemic.aspx

 (Source: www.healthychildren.org)

Tips on how to keep my child’s car seat safe after exposure to COVID-19

If someone has tested positive for COVID, or has been exposed, and has been in your car, follow these safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Travel-Safety-During-the-Pandemic.aspx

Buses, Trains and Airplanes—How to Stay Safe When Using Mass or Public Transportation

This type of transportation usually includes many passengers in smaller areas. This provides an opportunity for COVID-19 to spread easily and quickly.  The CDC recommends that if you must use transportation such as those listed above, you should try to remain at a safe social distant as much as possible. You and your family should wear face coverings and use hand sanitizer frequently throughout your trip. When you arrive at your destination you should wash your hands and consider changing into clean clothes.

Complicating Factors Related to COVID-19

According to the CDC, babies under 1 year of age may be more likely to have a severe illness from COVID-19. All children with other complicating conditions may also be at more risk of a severe illness compared to other children. These include:

  • Asthma or chronic lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Genetic, neurologic or metabolic conditions
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • A weakened immune disease
  • Medically complex children
  • Obesity

If you have concerns about whether or not your child has COVID-19, call your pediatrician to determine next steps. #COVID19Symptoms #Name of Practice

(Source: www.healthychildren.gov)

The AAP and a COVID-19 Vaccine for Children  

Before children can be given any kind of vaccine, clinical trials have to be conducted. This is to determine the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. At this time, adults and teens, sixteen years of age and older, are the only individuals who have been approved to receive the current vaccines on the market.

Once more clinical trials are conducted, data is collected and analyzed, and pediatric experts are able to review the information, then the AAP will make an informed decision about vaccines in children. Until that time, be sure to continue following the CDC guidelines to protect you and your family.

  • Wear a face mask
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid large crowds

If you child is exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, call your pediatrician now.  #COVID19Symptoms #Name of Pediatrics

Don’t Let Down Your Guard

Even though the new vaccines have rolled out and people across the country are getting vaccinated, don’t let down your guard. Continue to practice those CDC guidelines that have kept you and your family safe.

  • Wear a face mask
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid large crowds

Continue to protect you and your family from COVID-19. #ProtectMyFamily #NameofPractice


Stress and the Holidays Social Media Posts 12/13/2020

(Source: www.healthychildren.org)

Keep the Holidays Happy!

COVID-19 has brought a different kind and level of stress to families this holiday. To keep your children engaged and less stressed, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:

  • Stick to routines
  • Exercise
  • Eat healthy food
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Monitor screen time
  • Focus on spending time together as a family

If you do have concerns about how your child is managing stress, call your pediatrician. #HolidayStress #Name of Practice

 

Tips to Stay Chill

(Source: www.healthychildren.org)

The holiday season can cause additional stress in any given year, but in 2020 we have had to deal with the additional stress of COVID-19. To help your children cope during this holiday season, focus on the above tips presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you are concerned about your child’s behavior, call your pediatrician who can help you determine whether or not your child needs to be seen by a specialist.  For more information on handling stress during the holidays and COVID-19, visit www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Keeping-the-holidays-happy.aspx      #HolidayStress #Name of Pediatrics

Coping During the Holidays—Check- in With Your Kids

In an article about coping during the holidays, Psychology Today, states that it is important to check-in with your kids during COVID-19. This is particularly important during the holidays. Tell them you are not canceling the holidays, but rather doing things differently this year. Let them know you have a plan and listen to them regarding their feelings. As always, monitor your child’s behavior and school performance as these can be early warning signs your child is having difficulty coping. Call your pediatrician if you have concerns about how your child is managing the stress. #HolidayStress #Name of Pediatrics

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