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American Academy Of Pediatrics
AAP. Its member pediatricians "dedicate their efforts and resources toAmerican Academy of Pediatrics: AAP. Its member pediatricians "dedicate their efforts and resources tothe health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents andyoung adults." According to the Academy, it had as of 1998 some 53,000members in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Over 34,000 of themwere board-certified and called Fellows of the American Academy ofPediatrics (FAAP). The American Academy of Pediatrics was founded in June,1930 by 35 pediatricians who met in Detroit in response to the need for anindependent pediatric forum to address children's needs. When the Academywas established, the idea that children have special developmental andhealth needs was a new one. Preventive health practices now associated withchild care - such as immunizations and regular health exams - were only justbeginning to change the custom of treating children as "miniature adults."The activities of the Academy now include advocacy for children and youth;public education; research; professional education; membership service andadvocacy for pediatricians. One of the Academy's major activities also is tofurther the professional education of its members; continuing educationcourses, biannual scientific meetings, seminars, publications and statementsfrom committees and sections form the basis of a continuing postgraduateeducational program. More than 30 committees develop many of the Academy'spositions and programs. Committees have interests as varied as injury andpoison prevention, disabled children, sports medicine, nutrition and childhealth financing. The Academy publishes the scientific journal calledPediatrics monthly; Pediatrics in Review, its continuing education journal;and the monthly membership newspaper AAP News. It also periodicallypublishes manuals on such topics as infectious diseases and school health.In its public education efforts, the AAP produces patient educationbrochures, Healthy Kids magazine, and a series of child care books writtenby AAP members. Each year the Academy designates October as Child HealthMonth to emphasize the importance of preventive health care and other childhealth issues. The Academy executes original research in social, economicand behavioral areas and promotes funding of research. It maintains aWashington Office to ensure that children's health needs are taken intoconsideration as legislation and public policy are developed. The AAP'sstate advocacy staff provides assistance to chapters, promoting issues suchas child safety legislation and Medicaid policies that increase access tocare for low-income children.