AAP-The American Academy of Pediatrics is a national organization of pediatricians, which is dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

Accountable Care- A group of health care providers who provide coordinated care and chronic disease management, and thereby improve the quality of care patients receive.

ADHD-Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is a common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity).

Asthma-is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, which is characterized by various and recurring symptoms, airflow obstructions and bronchospasms. Other symptoms include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. For more information, go to

CDC-Centers for Disease Control-an international organization dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability.

Chronic Abdominal Pain-Abdominal pain that occurs for a period greater than two weeks in duration, and which can be persistent or recurrent. For more information go to

Chronic Otitis Media- intractable middle ear or mastoid tissue pathology behind an intact or perforated ear drum. Chronic OME and recurrent acute otitis media frequently overlap, and children who have one condition are much more likely to develop the other.

Emory-Children’s Center- Emory-Children’s Center, a not-for-profit organization, which is a joint venture between Emory Healthcare and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, involved with pediatric clinical care, teaching, research and child advocacy efforts in Georgia and throughout the Southeast.

F.A.A.P.-Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics- The F.A.A.P. designation after a pediatrician’s name stands for Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Pediatricians who maintain their FAAP designation have obtained board certification in pediatrics and made an ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and advocacy for children.

F.S.A.H.M-Fellow of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine- an honorific designation granted to an individual who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the welfare of adolescents and a willingness to advocate on their behalf at a local, regional, national or international level.

GA-AAP-The Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics was established in 1934 as an endorsed Chapter Affiliate of the national organization (AAP).

Georgia Composite Medical Board-The agency that licenses physicians, physician assistants, respiratory care professionals, perfusionists, acupuncturists, orthotists, prosthetists, auricular (ear) detoxification specialists, and residency training permits. The Medical Board investigates complaints and disciplines those who violate The Medical Practice Act or other laws governing the professional behavior of its licensees.

Georgia Pediatric Subspecialists (GPS) is an independent physician alliance comprised of Georgia’s leading pediatric subspecialty practices, including  surgery, infectious disease, pulmonology, emergency medicine, radiology and endocrinology. Referrals to GPS practices are made by each child’s primary care pediatrician.

GRITS-Georgia Registry for Immunizations and Transaction Services, a program within the Georgia department of health collects and maintains accurate, complete and current vaccination records to promote effective and cost-efficient disease prevention and control. Assure access to up-to-date immunization records of the residents of Georgia

Immunization-The process of inducing immunity to an infectious organism in an individual through vaccination.

In-toeing- A condition which causes the toes to point inward when walking or running. It is most common in infants and children under two years of age.

KHF-Kids Health First Pediatric Alliance, established in the early 1990s, is an independent physician alliance comprised of more than 200 physicians from 38 private pediatric practices in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Migraine Headache-The classic migraine headache is characterized by unilateral head pain preceded by various visual, sensory, and motor symptoms, collectively known as an aura. To find a pediatric neurologist go to

MRSA-Methycillan Resistant Staphalococcus Aureus- a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections.

NCQA-The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

Patient-Centered Medical Home-A health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family. Care is facilitated by registries, information technology, health information exchange and other means to assure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need and want it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.

Pediatrician-A physician who specializes in the treatment of children from birth through adolescence, and who has undergone additional training in the development and diseases of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults through age 21. To find a pediatrician go to Kids Health First Find a Physician database.

Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition-The Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition (PHIC) represents a statewide network of pediatric providers united to improve health outcomes for children and sustain specialty pediatric care in Georgia.

Pediatric Endocrinologist-is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of variations in physical growth and development, as well as diabetes and other disorders involving the endocrine glands, in children up through young adulthood. The most common disease of the specialty is Type 1 Diabetes. To find a pediatric endocrinologist, go to

Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist-is a medical doctor who specializes in treating a wide range of infectious and immunologic diseases such as those caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. For more information go to

Pediatric Pulmonologist- is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of lung disorders in children and adolescents under the age of 21. For more information go to

Pediatric Neurologist-is a medical doctor who specializes in health concernsrelated to disorders of the nervous system, which may include the spinal cord, muscles, nerves and the brain. To find a pediatric neurologist to

Pediatric Orthopedist-is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of orthpaedic conditions in infants, children, adolescents and young athletes. To find a pediatric orthopedist go to

Pediatric Radiologist-is a medical doctor who is specializes in advanced pediatric imaging and is   Board certified in Radiology. This pediatric specialist  uses a variety of diagnostic medical imaging equipment for children and adolescents, which may include  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT scan), Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy, Nuclear medicine, Interventional radiology, X-ray and Bone densitometry. For more information go to

Scoliosis-an abnormal curving of the spine

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology- is a group of more than 40 pediatric cardiologists in 18 locations across Georgia. We specialize in caring for children born with congenital heart defects (CHD), and for those who develop heart problems later in their childhood or teen years—also known as acquired heart disease. For more information go to

Strong4Life-Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta movement to help families achieve sustainable lifestyle changes.