The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), through its Chapter Champion programs, identifies chapter members to serve as a conduit for disseminating best policies and practices through the chapter membership on a variety of pediatric health care issues. The Chapter Champion programs also serve as a mechanism by which pediatricians can advocate for change at the local, state and national levels.
Programs managed at the national AAP level utilize the Chapter Champion framework to offer and provide technical assistance as well as tools and resources to pediatricians and other pediatric health care providers in a more direct manner. As a result, activities are more closely aligned with state, local, and/or community priorities.
Current Champions and Opportunities
IA AAP currently has Chapter Champions or designated contacts for the following areas:
Asthma/Allergy - Dr. Princy Ghera and Dr. Diana Bayer
CATCH Facilitator (Community Access To Child Health Program) -
Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator - Dr. Tope Awelewa and Dr. Lisa Woodroffe
Climate Advocate - Dr. Marie de Alwis and Dr. Hao Tran
Disaster Preparedness - Dr. Carlyn Christensen-Szalanski
Early Career Physicians - Dr. Chris Etscheidt
Early Childhood Champion - Dr. Jody Murph
Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) - Dr. Rachana Krishna
Foster Care - Dr. Ken McCann
HPV - Dr. Nathan Boonstra
Immunization - Dr. Nathan Boonstra & Dr. Ashlesha Kaushik
Infectious Disease Chapter Champion - Dr. Ashlesha Kaushik
Oral Health - Dr. J. Michael Metts
Residents - Dr. Lindsay (Dallas) Behl, Dr. Amy Stanford
Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a Chapter Champion for Iowa AAP.