The Department of Federal Affairs has been the Academy's voice on federal issues impacting children and pediatricians for more than four decades. Based in Washington, DC, the Department of Federal Affairs serves as the Academy’s Washington Office, advancing key child health priorities through lobbying Congress, building coalitions and raising public awareness. Pediatricians and Capitol Hill staff can turn to the AAP Washington Office for ways to prioritize children’s health on the national policy agenda.
The department comprises legislative and public affairs professionals who provide data and information on various child health topics, offer feedback on legislative proposals, conduct media outreach on health issues confronting children, recommend legislative initiatives that will benefit children and adolescents, and organize briefings on specific topics of interest to members of Congress and their staff.
The Department of Federal Affairs helps pediatricians use the media to raise awareness about issues of importance to the pediatric community, regularly trains AAP members in federal advocacy, and engages pediatricians for action on key child health issues at the federal level. Pediatrician experts are also frequently called to testify in congressional hearings on child health issues.
The following issues are only a snapshot of key child health topics covered by the AAP Washington Office:
Adoption and foster care
Child abuse and neglect
Children's Health Insurance Program
Disaster preparedness and response
Drugs and devices
Early child care and education
Federal budget and appropriations
Gun violence prevention
Health information technology
Health insurance coverage
Health system reform
Injury and poison prevention
Media and advertising and its influence on children
Native American child health
Oral health and dentistry
Sports medicine and fitness
To learn more about these topics and the AAP's current federal policy priorities and activities, please visit the