Preventive Health Committee

What We Do

The goal of the Preventive Health Committee is to foster the implementation of practices and policies that focus on proactively addressing children’s health needs instead of intervening only after a health issue has already arisen. In furtherance of this goal, the committee currently focuses its efforts on three Objectives.

Objective 1: HPV Vaccine Advocacy and Access

  • In the fall of 2015, INAAP actively worked with other Immunization Coalitions and Vaccine research (academic) organizations in advocating for increased access to the HPV vaccine for unimmunized adolescents in Indiana.
  • INAAP member Charlene Graves, MD, FAAP, worked on a grant to reduce HPV through intervention services.
  • An HPV MOC opportunity was advertised through the December INAAP newsletter. A flyer advertising a short documentary about women living with HPV was also disseminated through the newsletter.
  • Fair Reimbursement for Vaccines and Administration by Health Care Providers was proposed through the Indiana Legislature.
  • INAAP published a Letter to the Editor in the Indy Star and approached all INAAP members for a letter writing campaign to urge the Governor to follow Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and CDC recommendations.

Objective 2: Head Start Initiatives

  • The Preventive Health Committee has worked to start Head Start outreach programs across the state. Sarah Stelzner, MD has helped to coordinate this outreach program. Others involved include Marilyn Bull, MD, Dorota Szczepaniak, MD, and Lisa Bergeron, MD.
  • Marilyn Bull has met with Marion and Allen County Head Start representatives to talk about the ongoing relationship between Head Start and INAAP.
  • A Head Start coordinator is needed in order to ensure every child in a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) has access. Sarah Stelzner is working on coordination with Eskenazi Hospitals and Indianapolis Public School 75.
  • A task force of AAP members and Head Start staff was developed. This task force will meet bimonthly.

Objective 3: Education on Common Sense Gun Safety

  • Collaborate with the Be S.M.A.R.T. program to promote common sense gun safety practices.
  • Create co-branded materials to help educate families on things they can do to protect they children from gun accidents.
  • Distribute co-branded materials to practitioners and families.

Objective 4: Increase acceptance, access, and use of long acting removable contraceptives (LARCs)

  • Adolescent experts and INAAP members Mary Ott, MD, MA, FAAP and Cynthia Robbins, MD, MS. held educational talks about LARCs throughout Indiana in 2015. Dr. Robbins also plans to present on this topic at the annual Riley Child Care conference in May 2016.
  • The committee discussed recommending placing a new line in practitioners’ General Consent form. This line would be as follows: “Consistent with best practices in pediatric care, this clinic’s providers, staff, and agents may provide my adolescent (age 14 years and older) access to confidential health care for contraception, sexually transmitted infection screening and treatment, and referral for substance abuse treatment, should my adolescent request.” In 2015 a large Federally Qualified Health Center Practice in the Indianapolis area (HealthNet) amended their general consent in this manner.


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