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.


Job Posting for AAP – California Executive Director 

The American Academy of Pediatrics – California (AAP-CA) has an opening for the Executive Director position. The Executive Director of AAP-CA is the point staff person for the California chapters in all things related to child advocacy. They also manage all the activities and operations of AAP-CA, including leading a statewide resident legislative curriculum, organizing the annual continuing medical education (CME) conference, managing membership and communications, and overseeing finances, including seeking out, applying for and  administering grants. The focus of AAP-CA continues to be on legislative advocacy, but also includes other forms of statewide advocacy, with the goal of improving child wellness through collaboration among AAP chapters, national AAP and other allied child-focused organizations. View the full job description here.


Past Events

Returning to Youth Sports in the COVID Era – 4/8/21

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Access Dr. Jordan D. Metzl’s Slides 

Algorithm to Returning to Sports After COVID-19

Clearing an Athlete After a COVID-19 Infection


School Reopening in the Age of COVID – 3/23/21

Access Slides 

Access Resources


Vaping Myths and Misconceptions – 3/9/21


To Vape or Not to Vape: That is the Question – 1/29/21


Crash Course on Life After Residency Part II: Planning Your First Few Years – 1/23/21

The Crash Course on Life After Residency Part II: Planning Your First Few Years program provides information and resources regarding the the various options available to pediatricians, establishing and maintaining self-care, and building community outside of residency. 

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Reducing the Burden of Influenza on Children – An Exploration of Novel and Emerging Antiviral Therapy – 1/6/21


Preparing Your Office for Climate Change Related Natural Disasters and Emergencies – 11/5/20


Annual Membership Meeting – 2020 (10/15/20)


Practice Support Chapter Chat – 9/15/20


Advocating for Children Together (ACT) Conference – 2020 (9/12/20)

The purpose of the ACT Conference is to create a community of pediatricians who are engaged and equipped to influence child health policy. This year’s theme is COVID-19 & Health Equity. Topics include structural racism, health disparities, poverty, educational equity, voting access, and much more! 

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Wildfire and Smoke Exposure in Children – 9/3/20


Chapter Chat on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – 7/21/20


Social Media Marketing for Medical Practices – 6/11/20


Crash Course on Life After Residency Program – 5/9/20

This Crash Course on Life After Residency Program provides information and resources regarding the transition out of residency. The topics discussed range from general tips to contract considerations, MOC, financial planning and interview preparation.

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Solution Share Chapter Chat: Perinatal & Special Needs in Light of COVID-19 – 4/30/20


Solution Share Chapter Chat: COVID-19 & Equity – 4/23/20


Solution Share Chapter Chat – 4/16/20


Advocating for Children Together (ACT) Conference – 2019 (10/5/19)

The purpose of the ACT Conference is to create a community of pediatricians who are engaged and equipped to influence child health policy. It provides a networking opportunity for physicians to follow each other on various social media platforms, collaborate on op-eds, spark new research ideas that will influence policy decisions, and inspire others to speak up and become change-makers.

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