Our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) bring you together with like-minded members to share ideas and resources on a particular child health topic. As a SIG member, you have the opportunity to communicate and work with other committed members to raise awareness and increase knowledge about important child health issues. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your leadership and presentation skills through active involvement in a SIG.
SIG members are experts and as such serve as critical resources for the NAPNAP Executive Board and our more than 9,000 members by developing position statements or provider/patient educational materials, serving on national agency taskforces, responding to media inquiries, acting as liaisons to peer organizations and so much more.
NAPNAP's current roster of SIGs includes:
NAPNAP is pleased to offer our SIG officer resources page to assist with operational tasks and communication with the national office.
The Developmental, Behavioral and Mental Health (DBMH) SIG was established to provide a networking opportunity for pediatric-focused APRNs working in developmental pediatrics, child and adolescent psychiatry and those in primary care who have a strong interest in the developmental, behavioral and mental health needs of children of all ages and their families. The DBMH SIG created an advocacy award for improving DBMH clinical practice and outcomes through research and/or policy.
DBMH NPs were recognized for their expertise or contributions and were invited to partner with the American Academy of Pediatrics and Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics on the inter-professional practice survey and dissemination of findings.
The SIG developed a free, innovative educational website for all pediatric providers, featuring information about developmental and mental health topics, tools and best practices.
At the 2015 conference the DBMH SIG increased attendance at their annual meeting by 75 percent. The SIG created two new awards to recognize member leadership and engagement. DBMH SIG contributed by providing access to high quality, evidence-based information about DBMH diagnosis, assessment tools and treatments. Their collaboration and leadership with NAPNAP and other professional organizations has increased awareness of NP’s value and contributions to DBMH care provision.
Please click here to learn more, or to join this SIG.