The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. To accomplish this mission, the AAP shall support the professional needs of its members.
The American Academy of
Pediatrics is the organization to advance child health and well-being.
Children have optimal health
and well-being and are valued by society. Academy members practice the highest
quality health care and experience professional satisfaction and personal
All priorities in the Agenda for Children have
strong affinity with the mission, core values, and vision of the AAP. Certain issues impact the organization at a
higher strategic level and have a very strong bond with the core values of the
AAP. Different than issues with a
defined resolution, they are more like “ideals” embedded in the organization. They are present in the “fabric” of the
AAP. The AAP refers to these “ideals” as
universal principles. Advocacy,
Education, Research, Service and Policy initiatives should advance these
principles at a high level and must not run counter to them.
Current Universal Principles:
Certain issues have an identifiable, direct impact
on the various stakeholders of the AAP, but they ebb and flow in a tide of
complex forces, many outside the direct control of the AAP.
The AAP has a tremendous investment in acting on
these forces to move priority issues in a positive direction for children and
AAP members. These are issues where the
AAP is “in the game for the long term”, and it is recognized that the work on
these issues may never be fully accomplished, yet they are assessed carefully
for annual progress.
Current Strategic Pillars include:
All children have Access to
health insurance and quality health care.
All children receive the highest Quality
Health care Finance ensures
appropriate payment to pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and
pediatric surgical specialists.
Child Health Priorities
The Child Health Priorities selected for inclusion
in the Agenda For Children directly relate to advancing a clinical aspect of
child health care.
When a child health issue is added to the Agenda
for Children, it moves through a three-phase process: 1) planning; 2)
implementation and 3) integration. Progress on all child health issues is
evaluated at each Board of Directors meeting for up to three years. At the
three-year implementation period, the Board assesses how an issue is best
“integrated” into the structure of the Academy on a longer term basis.
2013-2014 Child Health Priorities:
Integrated priorities went through planning,
implementing, and integrating phases of the strategic plan. While these child
health priorities are no longer listed on the strategic plan graphic, they
remain a part of the AAP Agenda For Children.