Department of Federal Affairs

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AAP Department: Federal Affairs

The Department of Federal Affairs has been the Academy's voice on federal issues impacting children and pediatricians for more than four decades. Based in Washington, DC, the Department of Federal Affairs serves as the Academy’s Washington Office, advancing key child health priorities through lobbying Congress, building coalitions and raising public awareness. Pediatricians and Capitol Hill staff can turn to the AAP Washington Office for ways to prioritize children’s health on the national policy agenda.

The department comprises legislative and public affairs professionals who provide data and information on various child health topics, offer feedback on legislative proposals, conduct media outreach on health issues confronting children, recommend legislative initiatives that will benefit children and adolescents, and organize briefings on specific topics of interest to members of Congress and their staff.

The Department of Federal Affairs helps pediatricians use the media to raise awareness about issues of importance to the pediatric community, regularly trains AAP members in federal advocacy, and engages pediatricians for action on key child health issues at the federal level. Pediatrician experts are also frequently called to testify in congressional hearings on child health issues. 

The following issues are only a snapshot of key child health topics covered by the AAP Washington Office: 

Access to health care
Adolescent health
Adoption and foster care
Child abuse and neglect
Child nutrition and food safety
Childhood obesity
Children with disabilities
Community health
Developmental and behavioral pediatrics
Disaster preparedness and response
Early child care and education
Environmental health
Federal budget and appropriations
Health care disparities
Health information technology
Health insurance coverage
Health reform implementation

Infectious diseases
Injury, violence and poison prevention
International child health
Media and advertising and its influence on children
Mental health
Oral health and dentistry
Pandemic influenza
Pediatric drugs and devices
Pediatric education
Pediatric emergency medicine
Pediatric research
Pediatric workforce
Quality improvement and management
School health
Sports medicine and fitness
Substance abuse and tobacco control

To learn more about the AAP Department of Federal Affairs, including recent federal testimony by pediatricians, press and policy statements related to federal issues for children, and fact sheets on AAP federal policy priorities for children, please visit the AAP Federal Advocacy site.
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