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The Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (MDAAP) is a recognized 501 (c) 6 organization in Maryland. Since the inception of MDAAP in 1950, the organization has had a long and distinguised history of advocacy and support of Maryland children and their health care needs. The mission "to support and encourage pediatricians in the promotion of optimal health for all of Maryland's children and adolescents" speaks to the commitment to the health and well being of all children. The MDAAP initiates and supports numerous programs that respond to the needs of children. Through collaborative and creative programming with other public and private agencies throughout Maryland, MDAAP continues to be a positive change agent in the lives of children.

An Executive Director and Administrative & Member Services Coordinator staff the MDAAP. MDAAP is governed by a volunteer and very active Leadership Council and is organized around a Committee structure. We currently have 20 active committees that are run by volunteer Chairpersons, all of whom are pediatricians. We are very fortunate to have a large segment of the membership actively involved in the work of MDAAP. Pediatricians from the academic institutions, research centers and many private practitioners create a positive and productive organization that continues to advocate on behalf of children throughout the state.

The MDAAP is currently working on numerous programs as a leader and/or partner. We were recently awarded funds to enroll 50,000 additional children statewide in Reach Out and Read. Below are some of our recent accomplishments:

  • Embarked on a quality improvement program with MOC part 4 credit, through grant funding

  • Introduced legislation for acquisition, distribution and reimbursement for immunications

  • Partnered with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to promote the use of the immunization network (ImmuNet)

  • Joined established coalitions to advocate for children's health insurance programs

  • Conducted various focus throughout the state on: asthma, obesity, foster care, Medical Home and Children with Special Healthcare Needs, EPSDT

  • Revised and upgraded the quarterly Chapter newsletter

  • Provided training and support for the Reach Out and Read Program; received funding through Race to the Top (MSDE) to enroll 50,000 additional children statewide. To date, we have enrolled 29 practices and almost 27,000 children.

  • Revamped the Chapter website to make it a better resource for members

  • The Chapter is a strong public advocate for a wide range of issues which are of vital importance to Maryland's children
  • Not only are there very strong and lasting relationships with many child advocacy groups throughout the state and the region, there is also a strong public policy component that has been effective at the community and state level. The MDAAP has been recognized across the state by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other health associations for their insightful and productive public policy agenda. We are a recognized leader in developing and initiating legislation in Annapolis involving the health and well being of children. The leadership of MDAAP has been instrumental in crafting and implementing legislation that has had a positive impact on the lives of children.