Learn more about the AAP strategic plan designed to prepare our organization for the future. The plan addresses environmental realities and plays on our strengths to outline what we must do to achieve our mission, advance our Agenda for Children and remain the nation’s leading organization for child health.​

​Challenges ​and Opportunities ​Facing the Academy Today

​At a significant time of transition and transformation in the pediatric care landscape and the broader health care context, it is important that the Academy clearly define and hone its future direction. In this context, the Academy finds itself at a strategic inflection point in which it must articulate its full value to members and stakeholders in order to achieve its mission.

A strategic planning data gathering process helped clarify key trends shaping the future of pediatric health care and the imperative for the Academy to respond. This strategic plan is developed to be forward-looking with these trends in mind:

  • Increasing racial and ethnic diversity of patient population
  • Increasing need for pediatric behavioral and mental healthcare
  • Evolution towards team-based care
  • Evolution towards value-based payment models
  • The need for pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and surgical specialists to function in an evolving array of health delivery systems
  • Demographic changes within the profession of pediatrics
  • Evolving concerns and focus of pediatricians, pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists, especially around the social and environmental determinants of health
  • Enhanced use of technology by both patients / families and health care providers

Given the significance of these trends on the pediatric and broader health care landscape, the Academy is seeking to strengthen its role and mission in order to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.



2023 Goals and Objectives

By creating shared priorities, the Academy will be better able to focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders work towards common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes, and assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to a changing environment.

Indeed, the AAP board of directors and numerous stakeholders participating in the strategic planning process cited the Academy's primary focus on promoting child health and mission-driven culture as its strongest asset, and one that must be maintained. The strategic plan and its core goals, therefore, build on organizational baseline strengths while identifying how the Academy will adapt to the myriad changes in its broader operating environment in ways that ensure its continued leadership championing U.S. children's health and well-being.​

AAP Core Values

The American Academy of Pediatrics is dedicated to promoting optimal health and well-being for every child as well as helping to ensure that Academy members practice the highest quality health care and experience professional satisfaction and personal well-being.

The Academy achieves this mission through provision of consistently high levels of value to member pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and surgical specialists, trusted advice to children and families, and professional development opportunities for pediatric leadership. Indeed, as a mission-driven membership-based organization, enhancing child health is at the heart of the Academy's work. Its strengths include a strong emphasis on policy, advocacy, and education; serving as a public face for children's health and the profession; and a mission-driven culture. These services are driven by the Academy's core values and commitments as an organization