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Opinion: Prioritize teachers for vaccinations and re-open schools

Jaime Peterson, MD, MPH


  Originally published in The Oregonian on December 20, 2020 Oregon children and parents are in crisis. Every day as a pediatrician, I see the negative impact that closing schools…

Rumors I’ve heard about COVID-19 – Myth or Fact?

Megan Jacobs MD, MSCS & Jessica Serrano, MD, MPH


  There is SOOOO much information out there about Coronavirus (COVID-19)—some of it based in science and experience, some of it born from fear or misinformation.  Youth and young adults…

From “No!” to Masking Pro: Helping Your Hesitant Child Mask Up

Elizabeth Super, MD


  The American Academy of Pediatrics urges that children older than 2 years can and should wear cloth face coverings when not able to physically distance, including while in schools,…

Kids & Masks: The Why & How

Dr. Robert McRae, Dr. Joanna Odenthal, and Dr. Ellen Stevenson


5 tips to help your child wear a face mask or covering To keep Oregonians healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing face coverings* while in public spaces is…

Video: OPS Forum on Back to School Considerations

  The issue of how to educate children and youth during the pandemic is one of the most significant current policy considerations for kids.  The AAP and national education groups are…

Register for Upcoming OPS Learning Collaboratives



  Social Health & Early Childhood Wellness Third Thursday of each month Begins August 20 / 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM PDT The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered the universal nature…

Supporting Patients, Families, Colleagues, and Communities Against Racism

OPS Board of Directors


  As child health providers, we care for a diverse population and have seen the health effects of racism and childhood trauma. The Oregon Pediatric Society stands with our patients…

Toolkit Available: Promoting Pediatrics during COVID-19



  Oregon Pediatric Society has released a communications toolkit to help our members and partners amplify the message to families that pediatricians are available and OPEN FOR CHILDREN. OPS shares…

Pediatric Clinics Hard Hit By COVID-19 As Patients Stay Home

Ben Botkin, The Lund Report


  This article originally appeared in The Lund Report on 5/6/20: Oregon pediatricians have experienced steep declines in patient visits during the pandemic, sparking layoffs and concerns that clinics in…

Oregon Medical Providers Encourage Families to Keep Child Wellness Visits and Normal Vaccinations



The Oregon Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Oregon Pediatric Society), Oregon Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP), and Children’s Health Alliance are strongly encouraging families during the COVID-19 pandemic…

On-Demand Webinars on Hot Topics in Pediatrics

OPS offers on-demand webinars such as Screen Time (with CME!), Firearm Safety with Rural Patients, Pediatric Transgender Health, and more. It's a great time to check them out!

Counting Oregon Kids in the 2020 Census

This month, the Census Bureau begins its count of U.S. residents for the 2020 Census. This Constitutionally mandated process happens every ten years, and determines how and where federal dollars…

2020 OPS Advocacy Agenda



2020 Children's Agenda Endorsements Safely Store All Firearms - Require the safe storage of guns when they are not under the owner's immediate control, as well as mandatory reporting of lost…

HPV ECHO Project Boosts Vaccine Initiation Rates



OPS recently completed a two-year ECHO Project that helped four clinics in Oregon and SW Washington boost HPV vaccination initiation rates in their communities. This AAP-funded project used the ECHO…

New OHSU Report Highlights the Needs of Trans and Nonbinary Youth in Oregon

Oregon transgender and nonbinary youth face complex obstacles when attempting to access medical care. A new OHSU report  highlights these challenges, but also provides information that could help further state-wide…

OHA Mandates Reporting of Vaping-related Hospitalization or Death

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has implemented an emergency rule to mandate reporting of hospitalization or death due to vaping-associated lung injury (VALI). Within one working day, please report any patient…

2020 CCO Incentive Measures for Child Health Providers



Last month Oregon Health Authority announced the 2020 CCO Incentive Measures, and Oregon Pediatric Society is highlighting the measures aimed at child health providers. You may download or print our…

Video: How Extreme Risk Protection Orders Save Lives



Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) are court orders designed to temporarily keep firearms away from people who are at a high risk of hurting themselves or others. Since September is…

Support Changes Everything: National Breastfeeding Month

Amber Ziring, OPS


August is National Breastfeeding Month, kicking off with World Breastfeeding Week’s theme to Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding. Pediatricians are uniquely poised to empower parents and enable breastfeeding. The American Academy…

OPS Priorities and the 2019 State Legislative Session

Julie Scholz, OPS


OPS advanced several priority bills and initiatives during the recent 2019 Oregon Legislative Session. Of the 2,768 bills introduced, OPS’s lobbyist Katy King and our Advocacy Committee tracked 23 priority-one…

AAP’s Visit to the Border: What They Saw and What You Can Do

Kyle Yasuda, AAP


A message from AAP President Kyle Yasuda: I recently visited our southern border with AAP President-Elect Sally Goza, MD, FAAP; Marsha Griffin, MD, FAAP, co-chair of AAP's Immigrant Health Special…

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