Why be an AL-AAP member?
- Increase your knowledge of and participation in legislative and advocacy activities, as well as third-party payor relations, to positively influence the quality of pediatric practice and the welfare of children in your state.
- Join coalitions with other organizations working toward improving children’s health and well-being.
- Promote the interests of Alabama pediatricians in the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Participate in Chapter committees in areas of interest.
- Serve as a key contact with your legislators/Congressmen.
- Network with other pediatricians with similar interests.
- Improve Chapter member participation in national AAP affairs.
- Receive quarterly Chapter newsletter, regular e-newsletter, practice management listserv and other mailings.
- Attend Continuing Medical Education meetings, including two major annual conferences, practice management workshops and periodic webinars on topics that reflect the Chapter’s current strategic priorities.
What has your Chapter done lately?
- Through its Pediatric Council, successfully advocated for: developmental screening to Blue Cross Blue Shield, which began covering standardized screening at well-child visits; obesity coverage through our Children’s Health Insurance Program; coverage of oral health services in the medical home; and value-based payment for Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition.
- Established a state Child Health Improvement Partnership, the Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance (ACHIA), which fosters adoption of QI principles among pediatricians and child health improvements across the state, partnering with many organizations, including Alabama Medicaid and its future Regional Care Organizations.
- Conducted multiple quality improvement collaboratives for members through ACHIA, cultivating QI expertise and significant improvements in dozens of practices in the areas of obesity, developmental screening, asthma and HPV immunization.
- Established a virtual learning and data collection system in 2015 to assist pediatricians in this QI work, in addition to becoming the first entity in Alabama to provide Process Improvement CME through a collaboration with UAB.
- Advocacy efforts by Chapter members has resulted in increased understanding of the need for adequate state Medicaid/CHIP funding for child health services; in 2015 & 2016, the Chapter has been a key partner in a coalition advocating for increased revenues for the state’s ailing General Fund.
- Sponsored career days for second-year pediatric residents, and engaged residents and medical students at Chapter meetings.
- Partnered with 12 organizations to promote safe teen driving through a media campaign and legislative advocacy; worked with other partners to pass Safe at School insulin/glucagon delegation legislation in 2014.
- Conducted a social media campaign, Choose to Have a Healthy Family, Alabama, in 2013-2014, through which Alabama pediatricians provided healthy tips to parents via Facebook.
- In 2015, helped create a safe sleep blueprint for pediatrician champions to implement at all state birthing hospitals.
- Through our Reach Out and Read program, more than 300 medical providers in 67 practices and clinics have prescribed more than one million brand new books at well-child visits during the last nine years. At each visit, physicians also relay age-appropriate anticipatory guidance to encourage families to read together.
How do I join?
Joining the Alabama Chapter-AAP is easy; click here for details.
How do I find out about membership in the national AAP?
The Alabama Chapter-AAP leadership encourages membership in both the Chapter (state) and national AAP (both are optional but strongly encouraged). Click here to find out more about the benefits of membership in the AAP.