What Are Some Facts About the American Academy of Pediatrics?


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The American Academy of Pediatrics dedicates itself to promoting and ensuring the health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The organization includes over 64,000 pediatricians and focuses on physical, mental and social health. The organization offers clinic guidance, community-based initiatives, research, education and advocacy on a federal, state and local level.

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Founded during an organizational meeting on June 23 and 24 of 1930, the AAP's clinical support includes direct links to the Digital Navigator Web-based software, Pediatric Care Online, Pediatric Patient Education, Bright Futures and Connected Kids, a violence prevention guide. The organization's educational initiatives include Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Progress, medical publications and PediaLink, an online learning center. The organization also holds an annual National Conference and Exhibition, which serves as a forum for members and non-members. The organization promotes research in a variety of areas such as tobacco control and child health as well as practice-based research through the work of 2,000 collaborating pediatric practitioners.

The AAP provides practice support via online resources, and it hosts webinars on coding, patient safety, mental health, genetics in primary care and community pediatrics at its website, AAP.org. Additionally, the organization helps members with ongoing certification requirements with its Maintenance of Certification program.

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