About the Blueprint

 

A Message from the AAP: About the Blueprint


September 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) produced the Blueprint for Children: How the Next President Can Build a Foundation for a Healthy Future to put forward a vision for what the 45th presidential administration can do to improve the lives of children. The AAP is a non-profit professional medical organization with over 66,000 primary care pediatrician and medical and surgical pediatric subspecialist members dedicated to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Pediatricians and other pediatric health care providers play an important role in promoting the health and well-being of all children and in addressing the challenges that many children and families face. Regardless of practice setting—whether rural or urban, in hospitals or in clinics—providers see firsthand the potential that is present in every child. Achieving this potential requires a new commitment to addressing the needs of children, families, and communities.

Improving the lives of children and families is integral to the mission of the AAP and its members. The AAP has published numerous policies calling on pediatricians to achieve this goal through clinical and community-based strategies—as well as state-level advocacy through the work of AAP chapters—while the Academy also works to advocate for programs and policies that promote these goals on a national level. Pediatricians are committed to working alongside partners both inside the medical community and outside—such as parents, educators, and advocates—to improve the lives of children and their families.

Because the health of our society depends upon the strength and well-being of children, this document outlines a comprehensive vision for how the federal government should be aligned to give children a solid foundation. While the realities of the political process will necessitate choices and prioritization, we believe that children deserve no less than a bold agenda for improving their lives. The Blueprint consists of a high-level policy agenda followed by specific recommendations for each of the relevant federal agencies and departments.

The AAP also thanks the following organizations that reviewed the document and offered valuable feedback: American Pediatric Society, America's Promise Alliance, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children's Defense Fund, Children's Hospital Association, Family Voices, Food Research and Action Center, Georgetown Center for Children and Families, March of Dimes, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Pediatric Policy Council, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Society for Pediatric Research, and ZERO TO THREE.

Sincerely,                     

Benard P. Dreyer, MD, FAAP                                     Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP
President                                                                  CEO/Executive Director
American Academy of Pediatrics                               American Academy of Pediatrics

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