April 12 2019 1:33 PM Deborah Moss, MD, MPH, FAAP

Dr. Moss President's Message

A few weeks ago, I attended the AAP Annual Leadership Forum Meeting - the "ALF."  That's where leaders of state chapters, councils, sections and committees from across the country come together yearly to review and debate the proposed resolutions submitted by AAP members. These resolutions represent member-driven calls to action on pressing issues about child health and pediatric practice. This year there were 70 submitted. The meeting culminates in a vote that identifies the top 10 resolutions that are presented to the AAP Board of Directors to be addressed and acted upon over the coming year.


Here are the top 10 Resolutions selected for 2019 (SOURCE)


  1. Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccinating Children
  2. Family Separations at the Border: Safeguarding Children's Health
  3. Limitation of Prior Authorization Requirements
  4. Continuity of Medicaid Benefits When Children Move
  5. Access to Evidence-Based Treatment for Children and Adolescents With Neurodevelopmental Disorders Beyond Autism
  6. Affordable Insulin Access for all Children With Diabetes
  7. Revising the AAP Bright Futures Guidelines on Gun Safety Anticipatory Guidance
  8. Drowning Prevention Recommendation Statement and Education
  9. Providing Guidance on School Response to E-cigarette Use by Students
  10. Public Education About Intramuscular Vitamin K Administration at Birth



"Given the measles outbreaks, prioritizing the elimination of religious vaccine exemptions is a timely undertaking," said AAP President Kyle E. Yasuda, M.D., FAAP.


As I look at the sum of these resolutions, I see that they represent the diversity of our organization's priorities - covering a combination of social justice, educational, and practice management topics. If any of these issues spark your interest, please let me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Annette (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know as there will be a lot of activity and dedicated resources attached to these areas over the year.


For those of you with wonkish interest about the details of how the AAP resolution process and agenda setting actually work, please see our chapter summary and related attachments:



I hope to see you at the Chapter's CME conference in May.  Register Here!


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Deborah Moss, MD, MPH, FAAP President 2018‐2020