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.

Federal and State Advocacy Issues

The AAP provides consultation and technical assistance to chapters seeking to influence both federal and state government policy.

Advocacy Resources

Meeting the Needs of Unaccompanied Children

The AAP and the Migration Policy Institute came together to study unaccompanied children’s access to medical and mental health services in U.S. communities.

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).

Reimagining Child Welfare

This policy proposal highlights recommendations to support federal child welfare policy reforms to best promote family preservation, support secure families, and ensure all of America’s children and families have the resources they need to thrive.

Preserving Medicaid and CHIP Coverage

Policy changes are impacting children and families enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Health Care Access & Coverage

One of the Academy's long-standing advocacy priorities is ensuring children have access to high-quality, age-appropriate, affordable health insurance.