AAP Agenda for Children - Strategic Plan

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AAP Agenda for Children


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.

Core Values
We believe

  • In the inherent worth of all children, they are our most enduring and vulnerable legacy.

  • Children deserve optimal health and the highest quality health care.

  • Pediatricians, Pediatric Subspecialists, and Pediatric Surgical Specialists are the best qualified to provide child health care.​​​

  • Multidisciplinary teams including patients and families are integral to delivering the highest quality health care.

The AAP is the organization to advance child health and well-being and the profession of pediatrics.​

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 well-being.

Universal Principles
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:

  • All children have, and all pediatricians provide, a Medical Home.

  • All children and all systems of care maintain Health Equity.

  • The Profession of Pediatrics is sustained, maintained, and improved.

Strategic Pillars
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 of care.

  • 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.

2017-2018 Child Health Priorities:

  • Addressing Bias and Discrimination (Planning)

The AAP Board established a strategic priority to provide a more comprehensive focus on addressing bias and discrimination. The AAP Task Force on Addressing Bias and Discrimination, led by Dr. Joseph Wright, has been assembled to lead this work. The first in-person meeting will be held in December 2017. This Task Force is primarily focused on helping AAP members address bias and discrimination in practice to improve care provided to children and equipping pediatricians with strategies to promote inclusion. The group hopes to develop resources for pediatricians and parents as well as a policy agenda to promote empathy and inclusion to address disparities.​

  • Physician Health and Wellness (Planning)​

​Efforts to foster pediatrician self-care and wellness are integral to the AAP's commitment to ensure the health of the Profession of Pediatrics, one of the universal principles within the AAP Agenda for Children. The AAP Board of Directors acknowledges the many roles pediatric health care organizations play in combating these issues, as well as changing the culture of the pediatric medical community.  Fan Tait MD FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, and Martha Middlemist MD, FAAP, District VIII Vice Chairperson, will be leading this effort. Our first step was to host a meeting of representatives of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations to collectively explore existing physician health and wellness initiatives and resources. Future direction will focus on supporting pediatric strategies and partnerships to support the health and wellbeing of our members and ultimately the children and families we serve. ​​

Integrated 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.

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