Global Health Care SIG - NAPNAP

Global Health Care SIG

The Global Health Care Special Interest Group (GHC SIG) was one of the first special interest groups approved by the NAPNAP’s Executive Board in 2002. Since its inception, members of the SIG have been collaborating on health care issues impacting children around the world. Many SIG members have first-hand knowledge of the challenges that pediatric health care colleagues and their patients experience, especially in developing countries, and focus on creating strategies and resources to optimize child health for all children.

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  • Publicize information about global health opportunities for NAPNAP Members.
  • Develop a best practice resource on immunizing the newly arrived pediatric population
  • Offer opportunities for Global Health SIG members to engage, network, and serve.
  • Collaborate with international health partners to optimize global child and family health.
  • Please visit the Journal of Pediatric Health Care to search for articles on this topic.
  • Read our position statement on the US Withdrawal from WHO
  • Check out our TeamPeds Town Hall recording on Immunization for the Newly Arrived Pediatric Patient.
  • Primary Care for the Newly Immigrated Child – Immigrant children should be evaluated by a health care provider as soon as they arrive in the United States. Besides the normal and expected health care necessities of all children, there are special considerations for children entering our country, particularly those coming from developing or war-torn countries. This printable resource contains initial guidance, references and resources for health care providers.
  • Care of the Newly-Arrived Refugee Child – Refugee children require special care and have unique medical and psychosocial needs.  A newly-arrived refugee child may have unmet health care needs related to chronic disease, malnutrition, immunizations, and developmental concerns. This pamphlet reviews health care screening and provides guidance to pediatric primary care providers for the initial comprehensive visit with a refugee child.

  • National Foundation for Infectious Diseases – Resources to help increase influenza vaccination for children with asthma are now available from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). Various tools and strategies are available that can be customized for use in clinical settings to help address immunization barriers and improve parent education.
  • The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health, recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This policy statement was made available online July 29, 2019 and was published in the August 2019 issue of Pediatrics. Racism is a social determinant of health and contributes to health disparities and mental health problems in children and adolescents. The position statement encourages healthcare providers to proactively engage in strategies to reduce the health effects of racism and promote health equity for children, adolescents and families.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) has named August 12 as designated as International Youth Day, intended to recognize the achievements of young people worldwide and draw attention to issues affecting youth. 
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