President's Message

August President's Message

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President Raji Koppolu, RN, MS, CPNP, MSL

Dear Colleagues,

In just the last week, our communities have witnessed acts of firearm violence, one of which was very close to where I am personally living. These acts in Gilroy, CA; Dayton, OH; and El Paso, TX, continue to not only affect us as individuals, but the communities in which we live. We also know that pediatric injury and mortality associated with other events may not otherwise be reported in media. In addition, suicide continues to be the leading cause of death among children in the United States, with firearms projected to cause 37 percent of these deaths.[1] NAPNAP will continue to support an evidence-based approach to guiding our members on these critical issues. I know that the strength of our association and its members will provide support and guidance, as we continue to navigate these challenging times.

As indicated in our most recent NAPNAP newsflash, NAPNAP has addressed our concern for the health and wellbeing of children in this area in a number of ways:

Viewing this through a public health lens, we need to think about this as any injury prevention initiative - collection of accurate data, anticipatory education, recognizing connection to adverse childhood experiences (ACE's)[2], and advocacy for more research and policy in this area. We will continue to advocate for children and share our distinct voice in this conversation. I also encourage you to reinforce to your patients and families, that despite witnessing these events, we strive for a supportive and nurturing environment for all children.

Blueprint 2020 Update

Planning for our next strategic plan, is underway. We will be sending out general member surveys this month and will have opportunities for members to call in for webinars to discuss what you feel are important priorities and disruptors on the horizon for child health and pediatric advanced practice professional issues. Please join us and share your opinion!

Specialty Symposia

Please join us for upcoming specialty symposia for continuing education and networking. Information on NAPNAP's Leadership and Advocacy Forum is also available.

[1] Schnitzer, P.G., Dykstra H.K., Trigylidas, T.E., Lichenstein, R. (2019). Firearm Suicide among youth in the United States, 2004-2015. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 42, 584-590..

[2] Rajan, S., Branas, C.C., Myers, D., & Agarwal, N. (2019). Youth Exposure to violence involving a gun: evidence for adverse childhood experience classification. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 42, 646-657.

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