Advocacy on behalf of the health of all children is in the organizational DNA of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It was an original goal of the founding members of the AAP to build an organization dedicated to advocating for children. Since the development of pediatrics as a specialty field, pediatricians have played a powerful role in creating lasting and meaningful change for the patients they serve. 

We’ve compiled a timeline, below, of some of the most significant moments in our long history of advocacy and our look toward the future of children’s health, and watch this video about the AAP’s advocacy work.


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