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Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Building A Healthy Future Together

Maryland Chapter | American Academy of Pediatrics

Why should you join the MDAAP?

ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN

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 
ADVOCATE FOR YOUR PROFESSION

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
DEVELOP YOUR CAREER AND LEADERSHIP NETWORKS

The MDAAP can help you build your professional networks throughout the State and connect you to relevant stakeholders. Here is how you can develop professionally with the MDAAP:

  • Lead committees at the State level
  • Learn about leadership opportunities at the National American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Develop collaborations outside your practice.
BY JOINING THE MDAAP, YOU WILL ENHANCE THESE SKILLS
• Advocacy
  • Increase your knowledge of and participation in legislative activities at a state level
  • Increase involvement in the legislative arena to positively influence the quality of pediatric practice and the welfare of children and adolescents in Maryland
  • Build coalitions with other organizations working toward improving children’s health and well-being
  • Promote the interests of Maryland pediatricians within the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Promote fair reimbursements for pediatricians throughout Maryland
• Leadership
  • Participate in chapter committees and task forces in areas that interest you
  • Be nominated to participate in national committees as openings become available
• Networking
  • Network with other pediatricians with similar interests
  • Improve chapter membership participation on National AAP projects and committees
  • Join us for opportunities to meet your colleagues throughout the state
  • Receive chapter communications and other informative mailings and e-blasts
  • Attend Continuing Medical Education meetings sponsored by the chapter
  • Participate in Quality Improvement projects