SPECIAL STUDENT LED & FOCUSED ISSUE
|Marta S. Diaz-Pupek, DO, FAAP, FACOP|
By Marta S. Diaz-Pupek, DO, FAAP, FACOP
Greetings from the ACOP! This is my first President’s Message as the ACOP newly elected president.
First, I would like to congratulate our new ACOP Board of Trustees officers: Dr. Jamee Goldstein, Secretary-Treasurer and Dr. Jason Jackson, Dr. David King and Dr. Erika Lorig-Wolf, Trustees. We also welcomed Intern Trustee, Ms. Mackenzie Lemay and Student Trustee, Ms. Clarisse Fres. Thank you for volunteering to serve our College. I look forward to working with all of you.
The past 14 months have presented unprecedented challenges for all of us, both personally and professionally. I thank you for your dedication to the wellbeing of children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic often risking your own health and safety.
Healthcare inequities and disparities have been brought to the forefront during this pandemic. We have also experienced racial injustices. Our children have witnessed violence and experienced trauma. Food insecurity has escalated during the pandemic with parents/guardians losing their jobs. School closures have left children without the much-needed educational resources and social interactions. As pediatricians, our work is far from over. The pandemic is still here. However, there is a sense of hope in the air with the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for children age 12 years and older. We need to prepare now for the post-pandemic era which will be a challenge for all of us to ensure that every child has access to healthcare and mental health services regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. I have chosen advocacy and collaboration for the themes of my presidency because I believe that it will take all of us working together to address the anticipated needs of our children.
Our College is strong and continues to be an important organization representing osteopathic pediatricians and the patients and families that we care for. We continue to advocate for issues impacting the wellbeing of children and for issues impacting pediatric practices. Our Communications and Advocacy Committee, chaired by Dr. Jason Jackson, has been very active representing osteopathic pediatricians at DO Day on the Hill, creating and posting statements on the ACOP website addressing social injustices, and creating episodes of the ACOP Pedscast. Our CME Committee continues to create excellent educational programs. Most recently, the ACOP and the AAP Section on Osteopathic Pediatricians (SOOPe) collaborated on a very successful virtual educational program. We are currently planning our Fall 2021 CME program which will be offered virtually, December 3-5, 2021. We look forward to reuniting for an in-person CME conference in Florida in the Spring of 2022.
I invite each and every one of you to join me to advocate for children in our pediatric practices, communities, and at local and national levels. The time is now for all of us to collaborate and unite to ensure that our children will have a healthy and safe future. We are stronger working together.