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Resolution Writing for the Annual Leadership Conference

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Yes, it’s time again to think about writing a resolution to ask the Academy to advocate to “change the system!” Resolutions are formal ways to bring new ideas, issues, and solutions to the forefront of discussion within the AAP at Chapter, District, and National levels. Join us for our Chapter Chat on Wednesday, March 15, 7:00-8:30pm to learn how to draft and submit a resolution for the AAP Annual Leadership Conference (ALC).



Meet our Speaker

John Takayama, MD, MPH – District IX Chapter Forum Management Committee (CFMC) Representative

Dr. Takayama is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and directs a clinic for children with medical complexity and developmental disabilities. He is particularly interested in patient-physician communication, child advocacy and community collaboration, and health care transition for youth with special healthcare needs. He serves on the Executive Committee of the AAP Section on Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and is Past President of the Northern California Chapter. He also serves as AAP District IX (California) representative to the CFMC (Chapter Forum Management Committee), which plans the annual Leadership Conference. He recommends balanced meals, walking (or swimming) outdoors, getting sleep, practicing kindness, pursuing a passion and staying connected with friends and family as six simple steps for wellness.


Want to learn more before our workshop? Here’s an overview:

  1. Pick an issue that you are passionate about. Last year’s top resolution, voted on by chapter, committee, section and council leaders at the annual leadership conference, was on “developing resources for pediatricians in advocacy roles who were experiencing stress, threats of violence and/or public attacks.”
  2. Search for past resolutions (see below) to make sure that you don’t end up writing something that has already been approved.
  3. Collaborate with others to make this a team effort; it’s less effort and more fun that way. The national deadline for submission is April 1, 2023.
All your resources for writing a resolution is on one website:
Download the 2023 resolution template to begin a draft of your resolution. Look for past resolutions in the searchable database. Read the guidelines (everything you always wanted to know) to understand the details of writing a resolution; or if you prefer just the main points, look at the infographic. The resolution video is another way to learn how to do this.
Finally, if you have any questions, please contact me, John Takayama, MD, MPH, FAAP, at; I am your District Representative to the Chapter Forum Management Committee and can help guide you through the process!