Dear Chapter Member,
Although the past few weeks have been very emotional
ones for all of us, I want to take a few moments to
bring you up to date on what is happening in the New
York State American Academy of Pediatrics, District II
as we move into 2017!
We are committed to improving and supporting the
health and well-being of all children and their
families throughout our state, as well as the
pediatricians who serve them! No matter
how you feel about the results of the recent election,
I encourage each of you to redouble your efforts to do
the best you can for your patients and make a special
effort to offer support and reassurance to your most
vulnerable children and families. You know who
they are, and you can reassure them that we will be
here for them and we will continue to care for them as
we all face the uncertainty of the future here in New
York and throughout the country.
M. Seigel MD, MBA, FAAP, FSAHM
York State American Academy of Pediatrics (NYS AAP)
Reorganization of the NYS
AAP, District II
As many of you know, your District and Chapter
leadership has decided to reorganize and to close the
District's 501(c) 3 status as a charitable organization.
What this means is that beginning in 2017, we
cannot receive or process grants or donations, and all
grants and donations will go directly to your local
chapters. This also means, however, that we no
longer have to comply with the various legal and
auditing requirements of a charitable organization in
New York State.
This will allow 100% of your dues to go directly to
advocating for pediatricians, children and their
families in New York State. This also means that as of
January 2017, New York will begin to operate as all
other AAP Districts operate now, and all the day to day
functions in grants, programs, policy and advocacy will
be run out of the Chapters. The Chapters will
coordinate their efforts in any statewide initiatives
and will work collaboratively on policy and advocacy
development and communications. Chapters will
still be able to apply for and receive grants and will
function as they do now, but with more autonomy and
If you have questions or concerns about specific issues,
please feel free to contact me or your Chapter
- The District has settled all outstanding issues with
the New York State Department of Health that arose due
to the indictment of a former Executive Director a few
- The District successfully negotiated a loan from the
national AAP to help pay all financial issues to the
New York State Department of Health and the chapters
have agreed to pay the loan back to national on behalf
of the District.
- The District will continue to function as an
umbrella for the Chapters, convening the Chapters four
times a year to discuss issues of importance to all
Chapters and all members, and to review policy and
have a new structure, our mission, goals and commitment
remain the same as we move forward together into the New
- We will continue to advocate for programs, policies
and legislation that strengthen the health and
well-being of all of the children and families in New
York State, and continue to advocate for the
pediatricians who serve them.
- We are strong and united in addressing health care
disparities and providing solutions to ensure
equitable access to quality children's health and
behavioral health services.
- We are here to help the children and families of New
York secure and maintain high quality affordable child
care, and to demand a high quality equitable public
education system for all children no matter what their
- And we, as the Pediatricians of New York, are strong
in our commitment to a clean and healthy environment,
so children can grow and thrive in toxin free
communities across our state.
Join me as we
face the next several years recognizing the challenges but
energized by our clear vision of what we need to do to
make our communities, our state and our country a better
place for all of us!
Wishing you and yours a
Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Holiday Season!
We hope you
find the information in this report helpful. For more
information, please contact Elie Ward, MSW, Director of Policy
& Advocacy at firstname.lastname@example.org.