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DC AAP Chapter President, Dr. Lanre Falusi, advocates for low-literacy bilingual parent education materials at the AAP Annual Leadership Forum (ALF)

DC AAP Chapter President, Dr. Lanre Falusi, advocates for low-literacy bilingual parent education materials at the AAP Annual Leadership Forum (ALF)

AAP leaders deemed the needs of undocumented immigrant children their top priority for the year at the Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) last weekend.

They also called for action on issues such as sugar-sweetened beverages, marijuana exposure and telehealth.

The top resolutions were culled from more than 100 that AAP chapters, committees, councils and sections around the country submitted and then debated at this year’s forum.

The AAP Board of Directors considers the ALF resolutions to be advisory, though some may spur Academy initiatives.

Following is the complete Top 10 list:

  1. Addressing the Legal and Mental Health Needs of Undocumented Immigrant Children
  2. AAP Terminate Sponsorship(s) on HealthyChildren.org of Companies that Produce Soft Drinks and Sugar-sweetened Beverages
  3. Use of Telehealth to Extend the Pediatric Medical Home
  4. Screening and Toolkit for Poverty
  5. Marijuana Manufacturer Responsibility in Limiting Exposure to Individuals Under Age 21
  6. Sugar-sweetened Beverage Company Sponsorship of the AAP
  7. Universal Screening for Hunger/Food Insecurity During Office Visits
  8. Eliminating Triple-digit Payday and Car Title Loans
  9. Prevent Marijuana Exposure for Children
  10. Executive Director Lodging Expenses at District Meetings

The top resolutions were selected by 156 of the 206 chapter, committee, council and section leaders who prioritized them at the forum March 12-15 in Schaumburg, Ill.

For more highlights from the 2015 ALF, see the May issue of AAP News.