COVID-19 has caused disruption in our educational, research and clinical activities in a substantive way. Disruption will continue for an indefinite amount of time. There have been significant impacts on health care delivery and patient care. The impacts of COVID have adversely affected children, especially those most vulnerable. As pediatricians, we must understand and advocate for these children and their families.
The impacts of COVID have also affected APA and its members. Financial restrictions in hospitals and clinical departments, social distancing, and cancelled meetings, means that APA members have less opportunities for networking, mentoring, scholarship generation and dissemination. The APA may suffer from reduced membership, less participation in faculty development programs, and cancelled meetings.
APA COVID PLAN: The APA Board of Directors spent considerable time at the Spring Virtual Board Meeting focusing on the crises COVID has presented the organization. The Board decided to create three task forces to develop strategies for the APA to achieve its mission during this time and throughout recovery. Amid COVID, APA will nurture the career development and advancement of its members. Each task force will have up to two board members and eight to ten other APA members. Task forces will start their work in May and will complete their work in two to three months. The task forces are charged with developing practical and concrete strategies and suggestions related but not limited to activities listed. The Board would like to invite you to serve on a task force.
Scholarship Dissemination Task Force
- Provide virtual forums for junior and mid-career faculty and trainees to disseminate their work and receive feedback
- Reimagine scholarship dissemination at virtual meetings and conferences
- Reconfigure and consider blended and learning practices for current and future programs
- Develop best practices for remote mentorship to trainees and faculty
- Identify new and creative means for scholarly development, engagement, and dissemination
Scholarship Generation Task Force
- Work with APA members and research networks to identify grants related to COVID opportunities presents for APA members to join forces (across SIGs regions and Pillars and across our existing research networks) for research on health care delivery issues, patient care issues and health disparity issues related specifically to COVID.
- Coalesce members around common areas of interest to generate important research questions related to COVID and child health care and to develop research plans to answer
Well-Being Task Force
- Identify COVID stressors and strategies to alleviate stressors unique to APA members
- Support the well-being and resiliency of APA throughout the pandemic and its recovery period