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American Academy of Pediatrics to Launch Transition Plan for Next Presidential Administration

9/15/2016 American Academy of Pediatrics to Launch Transition Plan for Next Presidential Administration

Washington, DC— On September 19th, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will release a transition plan for the next presidential administration, Blueprint for Children: How the Next President Can Build a Foundation for a Healthy Future. The Blueprint provides specific goals and policy recommendations for the federal government to align its activities to promote healthy children, support secure families, build strong communities, and ensure that the United States is a leading nation for children. Embargo details are below.

"Children have a lot at stake in this election. There are many threats to children's health right now, from Zika to poverty to gun violence to natural disasters, and the next president of the United States will play an instrumental role in addressing them," said AAP Executive Director/CEO Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP. "Because the health of our society depends on the strength and well-being of its children, the Blueprint outlines a com­prehensive vision for how the federal government should be aligned to give children a solid foundation."

The Blueprint consists of a high-level policy agenda followed by specific recommendations for each of the relevant federal agencies and departments, and has been endorsed by 10 additional organizations: America's Promise Alliance, the Academic Pediatric Association, the American Pediatric Society, the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, Family Voices, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the Pediatric Policy Council, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the Society for Pediatric Research, and ZERO TO THREE.

The Blueprint's release precedes an event taking place from 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET on September 19th in Washington, DC, Speaking Up for Children: A Conversation About Child Health in the Next Administration. The event, hosted by Dr. Remley, will be moderated by ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Richard Besser, MD, FAAP, and include an interactive panel discussion with AAP President Benard P. Dreyer, MD, FAAP; Director of Michigan State University & Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP; and Chair of America's Promise Alliance Alma J. Powell. Viewing and registration information is below.

"The 45th president of the United States will shape and enact policies that will influence children's lives now and for years to come. While the realities of the political process will necessitate choices and prioritization, the AAP believes that children deserve no less than a bold agenda for improving their lives, and that is just what we have recommended for our nation's future leaders," said Dr. Dreyer. "Children are our most enduring and vulnerable legacy. They must be at the center of federal policy discussions and deliberations. Pediatricians and our partners stand ready and willing to assist the next president in taking a thoughtful approach to optimum child development, the single best investment we can make in our country's future."

Embargo and event registration information: Please contact Jamie Poslosky (jposlosky@aap.org) or Devin Miller (dmiller@aap.org) in the AAP Department of Public Affairs for more information on the embargoed Blueprint or the event. The embargo lifts at 12:01 am ET on September 19th.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds.