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EBCD Identified as AAP Child Health Priority

The AAP appointed a leadership workgroup to address Early Brain and Child Development in late 2010. This group has been meeting since that time to develop and implement a work plan that addresses the following priority areas: Messaging and Visioning on the importance of intentionally building healthy brains; Transforming clinical practice through education, promotion of practice-based skills, linkages to key community resources, and practice management support; and Advocating and Collaborating at the state and federal levels. The workgroup has developed specific goals and objectives for each of these priority areas and serves as the
strategic oversight body for the Academy’s activities related to early brain and child development.

As the Academy promotes the importance of nurturing relationships as the foundation for building healthy brains, the EBCD Leadership Workgroup works to change: 1) how pediatricians and their communities view early childhood development, and 2) how pediatricians and their communities care for and invest in young children.

The three main goals of the EBCD initiative are to:
  • Provide consistent EBCD messages, a unified vision on how to assist young children and their families, and an urgent and call to action that resonates with pediatricians, families/caregivers, and communities;
  • Promote clinical practice transformation to support the EBCD vision and messages;
  • Develop and implement federal and state level educational and advocacy agendas.
Leadership Workgroup Members
Andrew S. Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP, Chairperson
Mary Margaret Gleason, MD, FAAP
Pamela High, MD, FAAP
Colleen Kraft, MD, FAAP
Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS, FAAP
David W. Willis, MD, FAAP (Former Chairperson)

AAP Staff
Karen Smith
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