About the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a professional organization of pediatricians.

The AAP and its members are dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

AAP mission

These doctors want to see children of all ages reach physical, mental and social health and well-being.

As part of their efforts, AAP provides general information related to child health. They also publish more detailed guidelines about specific children’s health issues.

This information comes from the nation’s leading child health experts and their recommendations are backed by scientific research.

AAP history

The AAP was founded by 35 pediatricians in 1930. They met in Detroit to create an organization that would focus on children’s health needs.

When AAP was formed, the idea that children have special health and developmental needs was very new. 

Health practices such as immunizations and regular health exams were only just beginning to change the custom of treating children as “miniature adults.”

AAP in action

Today, AAP has 60,000 members and children’s health is a vital area of health care. The organization supports children’s health in a number of important ways.

  • Providing pediatricians with continuing education
  • Conducting/promoting research in children’s health
  • Publishing expert children’s health information
  • Studying children’s health issues
  • Advocating for children’s health

But AAP is also concerned that millions of children in this country do not get the health care they need because they don’t have insurance.

Visit the AAP website.