The top leaders for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have offered commentary on how President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming administration can make effective policy decisions to improve the lives, health and well-being of all U.S. children, and have a lasting impact on the nation's future.
In the commentary, "Building a Foundation for a Healthy Future: Improving Children's Lives," to be published in the January 2017 Pediatrics (online Dec. 22), the authors call for the next administration to invest in, coordinate and focus on four key themes:
- Promoting healthy children
- Supporting secure families
- Building strong communities
- Ensuring that the United States is a leading nation for children
A comprehensive vision for each of these four areas can be found in the Academy's detailed transition plan released earlier this year, titled, "Blueprint for Children: How the Next President Can Build a Foundation for a Healthy Future," from which the commentary frames its recommendations.
The authors specifically urge the federal government to ensure that Medicaid is not subject to payment caps, block grants or other structural harms, reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program, enact comprehensive immigration reform, and increase efforts to address climate change, among other recommendations.
The authors are Benard P. Dreyer, MD, FAAP, president of the AAP; Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP, FCCM, who will succeed Dr. Dreyer as Academy president in January; and Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, Executive Vice President/CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics.