Our Mission

AAP-CA is committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults living in California.

State Government Affairs (SGA)

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Child Nutrition

Child Nutrition

Healthy children learn better and are more productive – both in and out of the classroom. Setting strong nutritional standards in our schools is essential to combating the concerning obesity rates among American children.

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Child Immunizations & Vaccines

Child Immunizations & Vaccines

Vaccines save lives. Measles vaccines alone are estimated to have prevented over 21 million deaths between 2000 and 2017. Vaccines will help protect children against diseases that can cause serious harm or death, especially in people with developing immune systems like infants.

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Climate & Environmental Health

Climate & Environmental Health

Young children often are hardest hit by the consequences of poor environmental public health systems. For their size, they breathe more air and eat more food than adults, making them particularly vulnerable to environmental public health hazards.

Early Development

Early Development

The goal of early childhood advocacy is to improve the lives of children and families by influencing legislators’ and policymakers’ opinions and activities.

Education & School Safety

Education & School Safety

Safe schools promote the protection of students from violence, exposure to weapons and threats, theft, bullying, and the sale or use of illegal substances on school grounds. School safety is linked to improved student and school outcomes.

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Health Access & Coverage

Health Access & Coverage

Children’s access to health care is important to children themselves, to their families, as well as to society at large. Health care can influence children’s physical and emotional health, growth, and development and their capacity to reach their full potential as adults.

Immigrant Child Health & Safety

Immigrant Child Health & Safety

Immigrant children and families face many challenges in the current environment including threats posed by the separation of children and families at the U.S. border, the uncertain fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, potential changes to public charge rules, among others.

Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice

Children and adolescents who become involved with the justice system often do so with complex medical, mental health, developmental, social, and legal needs.

Mental & Behavioral Health

Mental & Behavioral Health

Approximately one out of every five children in America have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Mental health problems in young people are associated with outcomes such as suicide, substance use, inability to live independently, justice involvement…

Telehealth & Rural Access to Care

Telehealth & Rural Access to Care

Rural children experience worse health and health care outcomes than their urban peers. Barriers to accessing quality health care exacerbate their health outcomes and pose significant challenges to achieving optimal health status.

Tobacco, E-Cigarette & Cannabis Products

Tobacco, E-Cigarette & Cannabis Products

In the United States, e-cigarette use among youth has exploded into what the Surgeon General and the Food & Drug Administration have called “epidemic” levels. Alarmingly, e-cigarette marketing uses many of the same strategies effectively used by the tobacco industry to reach kids.

Violence & Injury Prevention

Violence & Injury Prevention

Injury is the leading cause of death for persons 1-44 years of age in the United States. Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for children beyond the first year of age in the United States and in California.

AAP-CA Chapters

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