Canadian chapters account for seven of the Academy’s 66 chapters. Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan are individual chapters, while New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island comprise the Atlantic Provinces Chapter. Like their U.S. counterparts, Canadian chapters fall into one of 10 regional districts.
Canadian chapter membership ranges from 14 to 213 voting Fellows. AAP national members who reside in Canada are automatically considered members of their respective chapters.
Despite differences in health care systems, Canadian chapters address similar child health priorities as U.S. chapters. Areas of focus include immunizations, obesity, mental health and injury prevention. To advance these initiatives, chapters may advocate at the provincial government level, collaborate with other health care organizations such as the local pediatric society or Centre for Disease Control, or seek grant funding.
Canadian chapters face challenges in addressing member needs and demonstrating value. Several chapters offer continuing medical...