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AAP Liasons

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Liaison: CAPT Wanda D. Barfield

CDC's Mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

Committee on the Fetus and Newborn (COFN)
Liaison: William Benitz

COFN studies issues and current advances in fetal and neonatal care; makes recommendations regarding neonatal practice; collaborates with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to consider perinatal issues on which the practices of obstetrics and pediatrics merge; and works cooperatively with ACOG on new editions of Guidelines for Perinatal Care.

Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS)
Liaison: Nicole Rouvinez Bouali

CPS is the national association of paediatricians, committed to working together to advance the health of children and youth by nurturing excellence in health care, advocacy, education, research and support of its membership.

March of Dimes (MOD)
Liaison: Scott Berns 

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. We carry out this mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies' lives. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, low birth weight.

National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN)
Liaison: Erin Keels

NANN was formed in 1984 with the purpose of addressing the educational and practice needs within the evolving specialty of neonatal nursing, while giving all neonatal nurses national representation. Its core purpose is to support the professional needs of neonatal nurses throughout their careers. NANN is the professional voice that shapes neonatal nursing through excellence in practice, education, research and professional development.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Liaison: Tonse Raju

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Health and Human Development was initially established to investigate the broad aspects of human development as a means of understanding developmental disabilities, including mental retardation, and the events that occur during pregnancy. Today, the Institute conducts and supports research on all stages of human development, from preconception to adulthood, to better understand the health of children, adults, families, and communities.

National Perinatal Association (NPA)
Liaison: MaryAnne Laffin

NPA provides a forum for nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, pediatricians, obstetricians, family physicians, social workers, nutritionists, clinical geneticists, genetic counselors, developmental specialists, respiratory therapists, out-reach workers, consumers, administrators, educators, legislators, and all others interested in perinatal health.

Organization of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Training Program Directors (ONTPD)
Liaison: Christiane Dammann

ONTPD was formed in 1991 to provide an annual forum for program directors to identify and address issues relevant to Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (NPM) Fellowship Training. Its membership consists of the program directors from all accredited NPM training programs in the US and Puerto Rico. The mission of the ONTPD is to inform and advocate for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Program Directors about issues relevant to the educational objectives, administration and funding of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine subspecialty training.

Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM)
Liaison:  Garrett Lam

Established in 1977, SMFM is a not-for-profit organization of over 2,000 members that are dedicated to improving perinatal care. The Society's primary objectives are to promote and expand education in Maternal-Fetal medicine and to encourage the exchange of new ideas and research concerning the most recent approaches and treatments for obstetrical problems.

Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists (TECaN)
Liaison: Meredith Mowitz

Established by the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, TECaN consists of trainees in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Early Career Neonatologists within 7 years of graduation from fellowship training who are AAP members.

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