As the New Year unfolds and the dust settles after the inauguration here in DC I look for a silver lining in the gray clouds that have shrouded Washington for the past week. Amidst all the uncertainty and divisive rhetoric, we look to friends and colleagues for encouragement and strength. The role for the APA is especially important in our current political climate to provide support, resources and the wisdom we need to succeed in improving the health and well being of children. To highlight the important role the APA has in nurturing the academic success of our members despite the many challenges we face currently and anticipate in the future we revised our mission, vision and values statements at our strategic planning meeting held November in Austin:
Mission: The Academic Pediatric Association nurtures the academic success and career development of child health professionals engaged in research, advocacy, improvement science and educational scholarship to enhance the health and well-being of all children.
Vision: A thriving academic pediatric community that ensures optimal health and well-being for all children, particularly those most vulnerable.
Values: Academic Excellence, Collaboration, Mentorship, Inclusion, Respect, Health Equity, Partnership with children, families and communities
Please plan to join us at your regional APA meeting as well as at the annual PAS meeting in San Francisco where we will share details of our goals for the next five years and get your input on tactics we can take to meet your needs. If you will be at PAS - PLEASE PLAN TO COME TO THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING! We plan to use a new, fun format (including games and perhaps drinks) to meet new friends and discuss opportunities for fruitful collaboration and engagement to promote your academic success and career development - whatever your stage of life!
Mary Ottolini, MD, MPH, MEd
Academic Pediatric Association