California Chapter 1, American Academy of Pediatrics is comprised of over 2,000 active and retired pediatricians. Our chapter has 11 regions which include 48 counties in Northern and Central California. We are one of the largest American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) chapters in the United States. Our mission is to promote optimal health and development of the children and adolescents of Northern and Central California in partnership with their families and communities, and to support the pediatricians who care for them. We offer opportunities for members to connect and engage with other members in order to inspire positive change at the local level:

  • Two CME conferences per year with opportunities for post conference networking: a Spring CME conference and an Annual Pediatric Puzzles on the first Saturday of December
  • Monthly Chapter Newsletter that provides the latest updates on local advocacy, events, and opportunities
  • Opportunity to participate in a variety of Chapter Committees including Advocacy, Continuing Medical Education, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Foster Care, Mental Health and School Health

We are involved with all of the pediatric training programs in Northern and Central California and have members at large representing different areas throughout the region. Recognizing local needs and acting upon them is the core of what the AAP California Chapter 1 (AAPCA1) represents and we hope to support our members at all levels.

If there is no representative in your area, we welcome you to become that leader.


Region Breakdown 

Region 1: North Valley Counties includes Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba

Region 2: Sacramento Valley Counties includes El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo

Region 3: Central Valley Counties includes Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne

Region 4: South Valley Counties includes Fresno, Inyo, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono and Tulare

Region 5: San Francisco includes Daly City

Region 6: Santa Clara County

Region 7: San Mateo County

Region 8: North Coastal Counties includes Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma

Region 9: Monterey Bay Area includes Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz

Region 10: Alameda County

Region 11: Contra Costa and Solano Counties


AAP California, District IX 

The statewide organization, American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAPCA), also known as AAP District IX, is comprised of all four of the AAP California chapters. District IX membership totals over 5,000 board-certified pediatricians and represents primary care and subspecialty pediatricians across California. AAPCA champions the advocacy priorities of the four California chapters and carries out legislative advocacy with the mission of attaining optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults living in California.


Past Events

The chapter has hosted 40+ exceptional chapter chats, discussions, and conferences in just the last 3 years. Some of the topics include:

  • COVID-19: Return to School, Return to Sports, Infection Prevention and Control (Project Firstline), Vaping & COVID
  • ACEs and Trauma Informed Care: ACEs Aware mission, Stress, Toxic Stress, Trauma, PTSD, Building Resilient Families, ACEs and Young Children, Red Flags for Baby Blues, ACEs and schools, Autism spectrum, Addressing Social Health and Early Childhood Wellness QI
  • Self-Care: Healing the Healer, Physician Wellness, Storytelling (Listening is a Form of Healing), Compassion Fatigue
  • Public Charge and Care for Immigrant Families: Welcoming Immigrant Families in a Clinical Setting, Supporting the Mental Health, Supporting the Resettlement and Care of the Afghan Community, UnDocu-Ally Training for Health Professionals
  • Mentoring: Life After Residency, SODBP Initiative with developmental-behavioral and general pediatrician collaboration
  • Advocacy: Legislative Lobbying and media training
  • Climate Change: Wildfires, Health, Resilience and Equity

You may view the recordings of these by visiting our past events webpage: