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Foundational change to Medicaid program tops list of AAP leadership resolutions

August 8, 2021

A call for foundational change to the Medicaid program for children and young adults topped the list of resolutions prioritized by AAP leaders during the Leadership Conference, a combined meeting of the Annual Leadership Forum and the District meetings.

The conference, which was held virtually this weekend, brought together AAP chapter, committee, council and section leaders from around the country, drawing on their diverse perspectives and expertise to advise the AAP Board of Directors.

Due to a tie at No. 10, there are 11 top resolutions. Following are the top resolutions they approved, which will be referred to areas of the Academy with related expertise for a review and potential action.

  1. The Medicaid Program for Children and Young Adults Requires Foundational Change: National Standards and Full Federal Funding
  2. Formation of a National Bureau for Firearm Injury Prevention
  3. Establishing the United States as a Global Leader in Child Well-Being
  4. Combatting Racism in Graduate Medical Education Through Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Curriculum Changes
  5. Developing Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) Measures to Reflect all Aspects of Preventive Care According to Bright Futures
  6. Accountability through Measurement—Improving Diversity and Inclusivity in Pediatrics Through Metric-Driven Data to Better Address Members’ Needs
  7. AAP Support for Gender Pay Equity for its Members
  8. A Toolkit to Address Pediatric Mental Health Needs Resulting From Pandemic
  9. Advocate for Federal Reporting Requirements of Adverse Pediatric Firearm Events
  10. Promotion of Early Evidence-Based Screening Tests for Reading and Systematic Reading Instructional Interventions in Elementary School to Promote Life-long Literacy
  11. Every Child Deserves Good Pain Control – Ending Structural Racism in Pediatric Pain Management

These resolutions were chosen from about 60 submitted by AAP groups and members for consideration. Members were able to comment on them online before the conference.

To view the full text of the resolutions, visit

More highlights from the Leadership Conference will be published in the September issue of AAP Newsand online at

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