The DC AAP Board of Directors would like to wish our valued members a very happy holiday season!
On behalf of the children and families in and around Washington, DC, thank you for all that you do! Our chapter has had a successful year of advocating for the health and well-being of children and providing you with quality educational seminars. As you plan your end-of-year charitable giving, we ask that you consider donating to DC AAP.
This year, we have held educational symposia and networking happy hours for members, developed an Immigrant Child Health Toolkit, led and participated in city-wide working groups, and created partnerships with academic centers, community organizations, DC government, local practitioners and families to improve the health and well-being of children and adolescents on issues including the following:
- The effects of toxic stress, trauma and adverse childhood experiences on early brain development and long-term health
- Provider wellness, including vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue
- Improving breastfeeding rates
- Development of Sexual Health Standards for DC schools
- Ongoing work on teen pregnancy prevention, early childhood mental health, and immigrant child health
- And many more that you can read about on our website: http://aapdc.org
Advocacy for children is at the heart of DC AAP. As you may have seen in the local media, our members have been active in providing testimony to local government officials on issues including promoting paid family leave, educating DC Council members about the health effects on children of lead exposure, supporting prohibition against selling tobacco products to individuals under 21 (which recently became DC law), educating DC Council members about the health effects on children of federal immigration raids, and advocating for city funding for teen pregnancy prevention, among others.
Through our Strategic Plan, we continue to focus on Poverty and Toxic Stress as a child health priority, along with our ongoing work in adolescent health, immigrant health, and so much more. We can accomplish even more with your support. You are DC AAP! You may not know that member dues do not cover the staff, administrative and programming expenses that enable us to do the important work we do for kids in DC. The chapter relies upon donations, sponsorships and grants to accomplish our mission. Your financial support goes directly to the many projects and behind-the-scenes work needed to keep us effective. Any donation amount will help! Please donate today directly on our website here, and add us as a charity of choice when you shop on Amazon.com this holiday season by clicking here.
Thank you for helping us move toward our vision that all children and adolescents in DC are healthy, both physically and mentally; have access to quality pediatric health services; and have strong advocates in their families, communities and government.