New AAP Digital Advocacy Guide
AAP members can explore the Academy’s new digital Advocacy Guide to learn how to become effective child health advocates (AAP login required).
As states across the country review their Medicaid programs and determine who is still eligible, the Academy is undertaking extensive advocacy efforts to ensure children do not inappropriately lose their health care coverage and equipping pediatricians with tools to help inform families.
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.
At the federal level, the Academy advocates for a wide range of issues that impact children, families and pediatricians. The Academy’s advocacy, driven by its evidence-based policies, extends to all three branches of the federal government. Below is a snapshot of a few AAP advocacy priorities:
A report from the AAP, in partnership with Chapin Hill, provides an in-depth look at the progress across all 50 states on implementation of a major child welfare reform law - the AAP-championed Family First Prevention Services Act.
The AAP provides consultation and technical assistance to chapters seeking to influence state government policy.