Dear DC AAP Members,

The DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is not a partisan or political organization, but in the wake of a deeply divisive presidential election, we believe it is imperative to tell you where we, not only as a Chapter, but as pediatricians stand. Simply put, we aim to improve the well-being of all the children in the District and beyond.

That means we stand for immigrant children who should not have to fear deportation for their family. We stand for a culture change that will prevent the one in five high school girls who have been a victim of physical or sexual assault. We stand with all parents who want their children to have strong, positive role models where bullying is not tolerated. Lastly, we stand for youth of any ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, disability, gender and national origin to ensure a safe and welcoming community where they can grow to reach their potential.

These issues can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to think we can’t make a difference. But your patients will beg to differ. Every family you treat, you are making the same stand for children. Whether you are a generalist, subspecialist, or trainee – your patients need your voice. We at the DC Chapter of the AAP will never stop working on your behalf to improve child health in the District.

Ankoor Y. Shah, MD MPH FAAP
On Behalf of the DC AAP Executive Committee