By Cason Benton, M.D., FAAP, Medical Director, Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance

Pediatricians offer adolescents guidance through potentially turbulent times, however, teens have low annual visits. What can offices do to increase adolescent well visit rates? That is the question tackled in the Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance’s (ACHIA) 2019 Collaborative #Stay Well: An Adolescent Well Visit Learning Collaborative.

Join Nola Earnest, M.D., FAAP, #StayWell physician champion and pediatrician with Enterprise Pediatric Clinic (check out her twitter feed @Alabama KidDoc), and Daniel Preud’homme, M.D., FAAP, Director of Adolescent Medicine and Pediatric Healthy Life Center at the University of South Alabama, for a January-September 2019 quality improvement collaborative that:
• fits into a practice’s daily routine
• improves patient outcomes
• improves the practice’s bottom line, and
• provides CME/CEU and 25 Part IV Maintenance of Certification points.

The collaborative will review preventive care recommendations as well as how to navigate thorny issues of consent and confidentiality. Practices may also select optional focus areas – screening for depression, healthy active living, screening for sexually transmitted infections, immunizations, or family planning. New this year: #StayWell CME educational content may be completed at the Alabama Chapter- AAP Fall meeting or online. 

Questions? Contact Cason Benton, MD, FAAP, ACHIA Medical Director, at

This article first appeared in the Second Quarter 2018 Edition of the Alabama Pediatrician Newsletter. See full newsletter here.