The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to champion optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults and to advocate for and support its members in these endeavors.
The American Academy of Pediatrics exists to prepare its members with the tools, skills, and knowledge to be the best qualified health professionals to:
- provide care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults
- collaborate with others to assure child health;
- advocate for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults and such that decisions affecting their health are medically based, soundly intended and address their needs;
- derive professional satisfaction and growth from the care of children and their families
By providing these services, the American Academy of Pediatrics will be the most valuable professional organization to which those eligible for membership can belong.
We believe in the inherent worth of all children. They are our most enduring and vulnerable legacy. Children deserve optimum health and require the highest quality health care. Pediatricians (primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub specialists, and pediatric surgical specialists) are the best qualified of all health professionals to provide child health care. A dynamic organization is necessary to advance these values. The American Academy of Pediatrics is that organization.