The Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) is an annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics chapters, committees, councils and sections to advise the Board of Directors of the AAP. The ALF has five primary aims:

  1. To draw upon multiple areas of expertise within the Academy to advise and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  2. To promote communication and networking among the leaders of chapters, committees, councils and sections.
  3. To incorporate diverse perspectives in the discussion and debate of leading pediatric issues.
  4. To integrate and promote understanding of AAP strategic priorities and the policy development, education and advocacy functions of the Academy.
  5. To provide leadership education and inspiration for Academy volunteer leaders.

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ALF 2021 Updates

Writing a Resolution:..

What’s a resolution?

Every year, chapter members can submit a “resolution” to the Academy (national AAP) to advocate for change – to improve the health and well-being of children, youth and families; to support pediatricians; and to make AAP a better organization. ALF resolutions are reviewed, confirmed and prioritized by leaders of chapters, sections, councils and committees, at the ALF (Annual Leadership Forum) which usually takes place in March every year. In 2020, ALF was delayed and held virtually in August 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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When’s the deadline?

April 1 is the new deadline which has just been announced. Please let us know if you need any help with crafting or reviewing a possible resolution. ALF itself will take place on August 5 – 8.

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Who can write a resolution?

Anyone who is a chapter member can submit an ALF resolution. Resolutions should address the Academy’s mission, core values or strategic plan (https://services.aap.org/en/about-the-aap/strategic-plan/); and they tend to ask the Academy to take action on a specific issue not already addressed or to establish a new program or activity. The following is a list of 2020 ALF resolutions that chapter members submitted in the fall 2019.
  1. Collaborate with Early Childhood Education and Child Care Providers to Identify Children with Developmental, Behavioral or Emotional Challenges
  2. National Standards for Nutritious School Meals and Beverages Should be Followed
  3. Make Protecting LGBTQ Children a Priority Federal Advocacy Issue
  4. Reuse the Styrofoam!
  5. Standardized Protocol for Rapid Response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Healthcare Facilities
  6. Ask All Children and Their Families About Racism, Discrimination and Bias
  7. Incorporation of Climate Change Into Annual Well-Child Checks
  8. Preventive Mental Health Care for Pediatric Residents
  9. Political Misinformation on Social Media Impacts Child Health
  10. Correct Spelling and Pronunciation of Names

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How to write a resolution:

ALF resolutions use a specific format that begins with “whereas” and ends with “resolved.” “Whereas” is where one lists the reasons why the Academy should consider the resolution; and “resolved” is where one specifies what the Academy should do or change. Resolutions often include key action verbs such as advocate, collaborate and educate. Before drafting a resolution, it’s helpful to review past resolutions, to make sure that a recent resolution did not ask the Academy to do something similar. Attached here is a template for reference.

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Links and References:

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ALF 2020

AAP leaders emphasized the need to combat racism and improve mental health care, placing several resolutions about each in the top 10 during the Annual Leadership Forum. During the meeting, leaders also approved the development of an anti-racism bylaws referendum. Read the published article HERE.

 

Top 10 National ALF Resolutions for 2020

Below are the voted top 10 resolutions for 2020. These resolutions were chosen from about 90 submitted by AAP groups and members for consideration.

  1. Addressing Structural Racism Within Healthcare (Co-Author is AAPCA1 Immigrant Health Task Force Chair Alexandria Valdrighi, MD, )
  2. Supporting Child and Youth Mental Resilience in Schools
  3. Creation of Task Force on Immunization Advocacy and Hesitancy
  4. Ask All Children, Adolescents and Their Families About Racism, Discrimination and Bias (Author is AAPCA1 member Gretchen Graves, MD, FAAP)
  5. Developing a Pediatric Model for Value Based Payment
  6. Prohibit the Use of Race-Based Medicine
  7. Unmet Need of Inpatient and Outpatient Mental Health for Children
  8. Advocate for Paid Parental Leave and Mother Baby-Friendly Workplaces
  9. Physician Burnout Must be Prevented by Change in Healthcare Delivery Systems
  10. Expanding Training on Psychiatric Conditions for General Pediatricians

To view the full text of the resolutions, visit https://collaborate.aap.org/alf/Pages/2020-Resolutions.aspx

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Chapter Sponsored Resolutions for 2020

All of our chapter sponsored resolutions this year passed. Thank you to the authors for putting their resolutions forward and congratulations!

  1. Collaborate with Early Childhood Education and Child Care Providers to Identify Children with Developmental, Behavioral or Emotional Challenges – John Ichiro Takayama, MD, MPH, FAAP, Steven Merahn, MD, FAAP, & Jennifer Zubler, MD, FAAP
  2. National Standards for Nutritious School Meals and Beverages Should be Followed – Nivedita More MD, FAAP
  3. Make Protecting LGBTQ Children a Priority Federal Advocacy Issue – Abby Walch, MD, FAAP
  4. Reuse the Styrofoam! – Robin Winokur, MD, FAAP
  5. Standardized Protocol for Rapid Response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Healthcare Facilities – Alexandria Valdrighi & Allison Black, MD, FAAP
  6. Ask All Children and Their Families About Racism, Discrimination and Bias – Gretchen Graves, MD, FAAP
  7. Incorporation of Climate Change Into Annual Well-Child Checks – Amanda Millstein, MD, FAAP & Lisa Patel, MD, FAAP
  8. Preventive Mental Health Care for Pediatric Residents – Zoey Goore, MD, MPH, FAAP
  9. Political Misinformation on Social Media Impacts Child Health – Rhea W Boyd MD, MPH, FAAP
  10. Correct Spelling and Pronunciation of Names – John Ichiro Takayama, MD, MPH, FAAP & Abimbola Dairo, MD
  11. Addressing Structural Racism Within Healthcare – Alexandria Valdrighi, MD & Marsha Spitzer, MD, FAAP
  12. Racism and Police Brutality are Public Health Crises that must be Addressed – Alexandria Valdrighi, MD & Marsha Spitzer, MD, FAAP