The phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen” does not apply to AAP chapters, according to a recent chapter needs assessment. In fact, 75% of respondents identified more participation and involvement from their members as their top area of need.

AAP chapters often rely on the same, small group of volunteers (typically the chapter leadership) to carry out the bulk of their activities and initiatives. The chapters are asking the national Academy to provide them with direction and guidance on how to shift this pattern and get more of their members involved in chapter business.

These data coincide with a member involvement toolkit in development at the national office intended to assist chapters with addressing these very issues.

Every three years, the AAP Division of Chapter and District Relations (part of the Department of Community, Chapter and State Affairs) conducts a comprehensive needs assessment of chapter officers and executive directors...

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