Trust in the American Academy of Pediatrics and in pediatricians has strengthened the organization’s voice in standing up against numerous challenges to child health this year, said AAP President Kyle E. Yasuda, M.D., FAAP, during the President’s Address Saturday.
Measles resurgence, vaping-related lung illness, a decrease in the number of children with health coverage, thousands of children dying of firearm-related injuries and media narratives questioning the science behind abusive head trauma are among the troubling cultural and political forces that threaten child health. In spite of these challenges, he pointed out, the Academy made inroads on numerous fronts in support of pediatricians and children:
Two forces threaten to undo this tremendous progress, Dr. Yasuda said. “Those forces are a diminished trust in government and institutions, and a rising sense of individualism that emphasizes personal autonomy over public health.”
The Academy took on these forces, building relationships to advance child health. For example:
Building trust and relationships is what the Academy does so well, Dr. Yasuda said.
“That is what makes us a leading national voice. … And binds us together as an organization.”