International Spread of Polio

  On May 5, 2014, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the international spread of polio to be a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Currently 10 countries (Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Pakistan, and Syria) have active transmission of wild poliovirus (WPV) that could spread to other countries through international travel. Due to the public health risk to other countries, vaccination requirements have been issued for travelers in order to prevent further spread of the disease. Click here to learn more.

Healthy Michigan Plan

  Beginning April 1st, 2014 Michigan will be accepting applications for the Healthy Michigan Plan. Enrollment can be completed online, by phone, or in person at Michigan Department of Human Services offices. Click here to learn more.

In Michigan, H1N1 Flu Results in an Infant Death

  A central Michigan infant has died of H1N1 as flu season begins to sweep the state and public health officials step up their calls for vaccination. Read more.

Health Reform Implementation Update

  AAP develops resources for pediatricians and parents on outreach and enrollment Starting on Oct. 1, 2013, as part of ACA implementation, a six-month open enrollment period begins for individuals and families to sign up for health insurance in the new marketplaces (formerly known as exchanges) in every state. The marketplaces will allow millions of people to compare options and choose which type of insurance plan will work best for their family. Public health insurance programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are still available before, during and after open enrollment, and one streamlined application will make it easier for people to find out which plan will best meet their needs.The AAP developed state-specific resources to help pediatricians and parents understand how to navigate the new health insurance marketplace and find the most appropriate health insurance plan for their families and employees. On, an interactive map contains state-specific, printable flyers for pediatricians to share with parents about what open enrollment means for them and how to navigate the marketplace.

AAP’s Safe Sleep Guidelines

  All parents and caregivers need to follow the AAP’s safe sleep guidelines even if the infant has flat head syndrome (positional plagiocephaly). Placing a baby on their back during sleep is one of the important steps in reducing the infant’s risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).The AAP stresses that flat spots on the head are much less serious than SIDS and parents and caregivers should continue to place infants on their backs to sleep as stated in the AAP 2011 policy statement from the Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Some strategies to help correct and reduce flat spots on the head include supervised tummy time when the infant is awake and holding the infant in the upright position when not sleeping.Learn more about safe sleep.

New Children’s Electronic Health Record Format Announced

  The benefits of electronic health records (EHRs) may become more widely available to children through an EHR format for children’s health care announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Read More.

AAP Statement on President Obama’s Gun Violence Prevention Recommendations

The nation’s pediatricians applaud President Obama for his leadership in the wake of the recent violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The President’s federal policy recommendations today represent the necessary national commitment to addressing gun violence prevention and mental health access in a comprehensive, meaningful way. Read more of AAP’s statement on President Obama’s gun violence prevention recommendations.

Contact Pediatric Experts

Charles Barone II, MD, FAAP

Denise Sloan

Phone 517-484-3013