Department of Community, Chapter and State Affairs

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Department of Community, Chapter and State Affairs

American Academy of Pediatrics
Empowering Pediatric Advocates
 
In support of the Academy's efforts to advocate for the health and well-being of all children, the Department of Community, Chapter and State Affairs works to:
  • Foster pediatrician involvement in their communities
  • Develop and sustain strong chapters and districts
  • Influence state level policy related to child health and pediatric practice
The programs, services, and technical assistance needed to achieve this work are coordinated by:
​The Division of Chapter Quality Improvement Initiatives​ facilitates and supports chapter quality improvement projects, including Chapter Quality Network (CQN) learning collaboratives. These projects build chapter capacity to lead improvement efforts with member practices that result in improved care and outcomes at a population level. With support from the national office, AAP chapters help member pediatricians learn to apply evidence-based guidelines to standardize care and, over time, embed quality improvement into their everyday practice. Through participation in CQN projects, pediatricians can earn American Board of Pediatrics Maintenance of Certification Part 4 credit and continuing medical education credit.​

The Division of Chapter and District Relations assures a sound working partnership between the national office and AAP chapters and districts. The division provides administrative and consultative services to the 66 AAP chapters regarding chapter development and management. Programs and committees supported by the division include:
  • Annual Leadership Forum
  • District Meetings
  • Chapter Executive Directors' conference
  • District Vice Chairpersons Committee
  • Chapter Forum Management Committee
  • Healthy People 2020 Chapter Grant program and other grant opportunities
  • Chapter recognition awards program
The Division of State Government Affairs provides consultation and technical assistance to AAP chapters seeking to influence state government policy. The division monitors state legislation via the online StateTrack system, provides educational and networking opportunities through the AAP Chapter Advocacy Summit, and prepares resources for chapters to promote pediatric public policy. The division also staffs the Committee on State Government Affairs. Some of the current issues under consideration by the states include:
  • Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Children's public health insurance programs (Medicaid and CHIP)
  • Child obesity reduction and prevention
  • State immunization policy
  • School health
  • Child injury prevention issues
  • Foster care and adoption
  • Pediatric workforce and scope of practice issues
    The division writes and disseminates several e-updates including:
    • StateView
    • StateHealth
    • Medicaid and CHIP Monitor
    • Advocacy FLASH
    • Issue Briefs and State Strategy resources on key state issues
    These resources, the AAP Advocacy Guide, and others are available on the division's My AAP Web page.
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