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). 

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Winter 2024 Advocacy Report

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

Preserving Medicaid and CHIP Coverage

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. 

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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Advocacy Issues

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: 

AAP Report: State Progress on Family First Congregate Care Reforms

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.

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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AAP members can join our email list to receive regular advocacy updates and alerts. (AAP login required).