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AAP Fact Sheet

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP has approximately 60,000 members in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Members include pediatricians, pediatric medical sub specialists and pediatric surgical specialists. More than 34,000 members are board-certified and called Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP).

The American Academy of Pediatrics was founded in June 1930 by 35 pediatricians who met in Detroit in response to the need for an independent pediatric forum to address children's needs. When the AAP was established, the idea that children have special developmental and health needs was a new one. Preventive health practices now associated with child care - such as immunizations and regular health exams - were only just beginning to change the custom of treating children as "miniature adults."

The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. To accomplish this mission, the Academy shall support the professional needs of its members.

The AAP is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of ten members who are elected by members in their regional districts and thus also serve as district chairpersons.
Members vote each year for a national vice president, who also serves as president-elect. The Executive Committee, which conducts AAP business on a daily basis, consists of the president, president-elect, vice president and executive director as ex-officio member. Current Executive Committee members are:

PRESIDENT:  Eileen Ouellette, MD, JD, FAAP
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:  Errol Alden, MD, FAAP, Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Members also elect officers for their chapters, which serve states and territories in the U.S. and Canadian provinces. Chapters are individually incorporated, have their own bylaws, and further the aims of the national organization as well as local priorities.
The AAP is a not-for-profit Illinois corporation organized for scientific and educational purposes, exempt from income tax under Section 501(c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The AAP has been classified as an organization that is not a private foundation as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.

One of the AAP's major activities is to further the professional education of its members. Continuing education courses, annual scientific meetings, seminars, publications and statements from committees and sections form the basis of a continuing postgraduate educational program.
More than 30 committees develop many of the AAP's positions and programs. Committees have interests as varied as injury and poison prevention, disabled children, sports medicine, nutrition and child health financing.
The AAP currently has 5 councils and 47 sections consisting of more than 40,000 members with interest in specialized areas of pediatrics. This includes a section for resident physicians with more than 9,000 members. Sections and councils present educational programs for both their members and the general membership of the AAP in order to highlight current research and practical knowledge in their respective subspecialties.
The AAP publishes Pediatrics, its monthly scientific journal; Pediatrics in Review, its continuing education journal; and its membership newspaper AAP News. It also publishes manuals on such topics as infectious diseases and school health. In its public education efforts, the AAP produces patient education brochures on a variety of topics and a series of child care books written by AAP members.
The AAP executes original research in social, economic and behavioral areas and promotes funding of research. It maintains a Washington, D.C. office to ensure that children's health needs are taken into consideration as legislation and public policy are developed. The AAP's state advocacy staff provides assistance to chapters, promoting issues such as child safety legislation and Medicaid policies that increase access to care for low-income children.

The AAP's activities and programs are funded through a wide variety of sources including membership dues, revenues from continuing medical education activities and publications, and unrestricted educational grants from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government. Grants and contributions support more than 200 programs each year. Individuals may donate to the Friends of Children Fund Annual Campaign or through major or planned gifts to the Tomorrow's Children Endowment.

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