Its Doors to Families
A new venture from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the FamilY Partnerships Network www.aap.org/fpn has been launched.
Nearly all pediatricians in the United States belong to the Academy, which has 65,000 members. Medical students and pediatric dentists and nurse practitioners are members of the Academy as well.
Most of the world turns to the AAP for its expertise and guidance across a very wide range of issues that determine how children receive medical care.
So it is especially good news that two legends of advocacy for children, Ms. Betsy Anderson, and Ms. Julie Beckett, who helped found and direct Family Voices, have teamed up with the AAP to create a new program, the FamilY Partnerships Network or FPN.
FPN, you may have noticed, has a capital Y at the end of family to emphasize that the organization addresses needs of youth and young adults as well as young children.
The FPN is an advisory group to the Academy's Board of Directors, and will represent the perspective of parents to the Academy as it pursues its wide range of activities on behalf of infants, children, and adolescents.
The activities of the FPN will include:
- Develop and promote education to doctors about family concerns
- Review and contribute to policy and publications of the AAP
- Advocate for the needs of children and families with the AAP
- Develop AAP resources to help explain a range of issues to families
The actual topics of interest to the FPN will range as widely as the parents who constitute it.
An exciting aspect to the FPN is that membership in the Network is open for consideration by any parent of a child. And it's easy for parents to inquire.
Simply fill out this inquiry survey and someone from the FPN will be in touch to answer questions and see if you are interested in participating: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPNApp
I have to say that having participated at the national level at the AAP for many years, it is an amazing experience. The level of expertise and caring is truly inspiring, and the work really does help a nation of children. If you have a particular interest when it comes to how the nation's doctors care for our children, what issues need attention, and how they should be attended to, the FamilY Partnerships Network could be an incredible opportunity for you.
Please do let me know if you are interested, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
To your health,
Dr. Arthur Lavin
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