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For questions or more information contact:
Loretta I. Hoepfner, MSOD – Executive Director

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1211 Cathedral St., 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201 

MDAAP is Governed by Active Volunteers!

The MDAAP is governed by active volunteers organized into committees and task forces. Our volunteers include pediatricians and pediatric healthcare providers from private practice settings, academic institutions, and research centers. MDAAP members advocate for the health and well-being of Maryland’s children and adolescents.

Frequently Asked Questions

Maryland Chapter – American Academy of Pediatrics

What are current chapter initiatives and projects?

Information about current chapter initiatives and projects can be found here.

How do I become a member?

Information about becoming a member and membership dues can be found here.

Why should I become a member and join the MDAAP?

MDAAP offers you the opportunities to advocate (for your profession as well as your patients/families), take a leadership  role, and network with your colleagues. For more information click here.

How does the chapter advocate for its members?

The MDAAP is your voice at the table in the Maryland Department of Health, Maryland General Assembly, and other advisory boards. In addition, our MDAAP Pediatric Council assists with issues of access to care, quality of care, and physician payment. The MDAAP has recently tackled these issues:

  • Met with the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) to recognize issues related to pediatric inpatient services and integration of pediatric care in the community
  • Supported legislation to establish a Maternal and Child Health Task force to help HSCRC create policies that will incentivize prevention of and early intervention for pediatric illness and community-based models of care
  • Wrote letter to Governor Hogan requesting E & M Code reimbursement be increased to parity with Medicare
How does the chapter advocate for Maryland’s children and adolescents?

The MDAAP is the voice of children in the Maryland General Assembly. The MDAAP will keep you informed about legislation affecting your patients – and with your help, we can bring expertise needed to move legislation forward. In 2020, the MDAAP supported legislation that would:

  • Establish a crisis intervention team center of excellence in the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services
  • Dedicate staff at the Maryland Department of Education to coordinate with school behavioral health services, revise regulations regarding school-based health centers, and develop guidelines for schools on a trauma-informed approach
  • Reduce tobacco, vaping, and electronic smoking devices use by banning flavored products
  • Prohibit the use of chlorpyrifos in Maryland
  • Establish a seat for an MDAAP representative on the Maryland Department of Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission
  • Establish a State coordinator for Autism Strategy in the Maryland Department of Health Department of Disabilities

Meet the Executive Director

Loretta I. Hoepfner, MSOD

Loretta has served as the Executive Director of the Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (MDAAP) and as the Chief Executive Officer of the Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Foundation since 2016. In these roles, Loretta provides overall management of both organizations in Leadership, Operations, Development, Finances, Board Development, Membership, and Advocacy. Loretta graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and Management, a Fellowship in the Management of Change, a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management, a graduate certificate in Skilled Facilitation, and an M.S. in Organization Development, all from The Johns Hopkins University. Loretta is proud to support and encourage her MDAAP Chapter and Foundation members in the promotion of optimal health for all of Maryland’s children and adolescents.