By creating shared priorities, the Academy will be better able to focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders work towards common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes, and assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to a changing environment.
Indeed, the AAP board of directors and numerous stakeholders participating in the strategic planning process cited the Academy's primary focus on promoting child health and mission-driven culture as its strongest asset, and one that must be maintained. The strategic plan and its core goals, therefore, build on organizational baseline strengths while identifying how the Academy will adapt to the myriad changes in its broader operating environment in ways that ensure its continued leadership championing U.S. children's health and wellbeing.
Five Year Strategic Plan: Year One Action Steps for Board and Staff 2017-'18
The American Academy of Pediatrics is dedicated to the principle of a meaningful and healthy life for every child. As an organization of physicians who care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults, the Academy seeks to promote this goal by encouraging and assisting its members in their efforts to meet the overall health needs of children and youth; by providing support and counsel to others concerned with the well-being of children, their growth and development; and by serving as an advocate for children and their families within the community at large.
— preamble to AAP Constitution
AAP Core Values
The American Academy of Pediatrics is dedicated to promoting optimal health and wellbeing for every child as well as helping to ensure that Academy members practice the highest quality health care and experience professional satisfaction and personal well being.
The Academy achieves this mission through provision of consistently high levels of value to member pediatricians, pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists, trusted advice to children and families, and professional development opportunities for pediatric leadership. Indeed, as a mission-driven membership-based organization, enhancing child health through its pediatrician and pediatric medical subspecialist and surgical specialist members is at the heart of the Academy's work. Its strengths include a strong emphasis on policy, advocacy, and education; serving as a public face for children's health and the profession; and a mission-driven culture. These services are driven by the Academy's core values and commitments as an organization
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