2018 Update: Achievements in Child Health Advocacy

​Looking ahead, the AAP will continue to pursue opportunities to advance bold new policies to improve the health of all children and defend the gains made thus far.

AAP Achievements in Federal Child Health Policy 2017-2018:

Secured a 10-year funding extension for the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Protected health care coverage and access for children.

Passed critical child health legislation, including:

  • Comprehensive child welfare reform
  • Reauthorization of a federal program that provides hearing screenings for
    newborns, infants and young children
  • A law to help recognize and support family caregivers
  • A law to protect young athletes from sexual abuse

Advocated for the inclusion of children in federal research studies.

Advocated for gun violence prevention.

Secured federal funding for child health programs in a time of budget cuts.

Led efforts to advocate for immigrant child health.

Renewed funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

Improved pediatric drug and device laws.

Advanced coverage for children in military families.

Advocated to protect global child health programs.

Download the complete Achievements 
document here.