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Thousands of pediatric medical experts will converge to attend and present educational seminars, exhibits and presentations -- and find time to volunteer in the community. 

WASHINGTON, DC – More than 10,000 pediatricians and health care professionals head to the nation’s capital next week to view cutting-edge research in children’s health, attend educational sessions and advocate for youth during the 2023 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition Oct. 20-24. 

The AAP will release new policies that propose bold reforms in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), that examine the impact of noise on children’s hearing, and question the need for “toddler’s formula” during the conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Original research will be presented on newsworthy topics analyzing the latest trends in children’s health, including the national opioid crisis; obesity prevention and treatment; the toll of firearms; and mental health challenges.  The conference also features on-site clinical skills labs, as well as a selection of educational sessions offered via livestream and recorded for later viewing. 

"This is an excellent opportunity for professionals who care for children to celebrate achievements, discuss challenges and re-energize for the coming year," said Cassandra Pruitt, MD, FAAP, chair of the 2023 Conference Planning Group.  "Attendees travel from all over the world and represent all types of pediatric professions and work settings - from outpatient practices and hospitals to schools and mobile healthcare units. We all share a common goal to improve the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents and young adults. I am so proud of the program that has been created by the Planning Group and I know there will be something for everyone in Washington, DC." 

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, Xavier Becerra, the 25th Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the first Latino to hold the office in the history of the United States, will share insights into child health policy. This session is from 10:30 a.m.-noon ET and will be livestreamed. 

Journalists will have the opportunity to attend sessions led by authors of new policy statements. Abstracts to be presented at the conference will be available on the conference website at 12:01 am ET Friday, Oct. 20.  

Journalists are strongly encouraged to register for press credentials in advance. Those who seek to be registered as press after the conference begins may experience delays. 

For information about covering the conference, including how to register, media guidelines, press room arrangements and daily meeting highlights, visit the AAP News Room or contact AAP Public Affairs at or 630-626-6177. The on-site Press Office will be located at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 102 AB. Reporters must check in at the main registration desk  and present a photo ID at the conference to obtain media credentials and a press badge. All attendees must wear a badge during the conference.  Embargoed news releases and abstracts are available by request.  


The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit  

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