Advocacy Spotlight: Child Health Policy Victories

Read the AAP News Washington Report highlighting several child health advocacy victories that were included as part of the sweeping federal government funding package.

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Winter 2023 Advocacy Report

This AAP report covers the latest federal and state advocacy activities impacting child health (AAP login required).

Community Health and Advocacy

The AAP Community Health and Advocacy Initiatives – Community Access to Child Health (CATCH), Community Pediatric Training Initiative (CPTI), and Council on Community Pediatrics (COCP) – support pediatricians and other healthcare providers in their efforts to better understand and advocate for a culture of health in their communities that ensures every child reaches their optimal health and well-being.

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Meeting the Needs of Unaccompanied Children

The AAP and the Migration Policy Institute came together to study unaccompanied children’s access to medical and mental health services in U.S. communities.

Pediatric Subspecialty Shortages Fact Sheets

AAP and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) developed state fact sheets that illustrate the impact of pediatric subspecialty shortages on children’s access to health care. Maps made with data from ABP show the estimated driving distances to visit a pediatric subspecialist in each state.

Reimagining Child Welfare: Recommendations for Public Policy Change

This policy proposal highlights recommendations to support federal child welfare policy reforms to best promote family preservation, support secure families, and ensure all of America’s children and families have the resources they need to thrive. 


Advocacy Issues

State AdvocacyFOCUS

The AAP provides consultation and technical assistance to chapters seeking to influence state government policy. 

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Assault Weapons Bans
The federal assault weapons ban prohibited the sale and manufacture of certain military-style semiautomatic weapons and high capacity magazines in the U.S. but expired in 2004.
Childhood Immunizations
Routine childhood immunizations are vital to individual and society health.
Flavored E-Cigarette and Tobacco Products
E-Cigarettes, also called personal vaporizers or “vapes”, present another way for smokers to ingest nicotine.

Advocacy Action Center

Contact your members of Congress on child health issues and learn about AAP's federal advocacy priorities.

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