The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) is led and directed by an experienced and qualified nine-member board of directors and is dedicated to nurturing 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.

The APA’s vision of a “A thriving academic pediatric community that ensures optimal health and well-being for all children, particularly those most vulnerable” is guided by its core values of academic excellence, collaboration, mentorship, inclusion, respect, health equity and partnerships with children, families and communities. Read APA’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan.

Our Values

Our seven values are:

Academic Excellence





Health Equity

Partnership with children, families and communities

Strategic Goals

1. To be the academic home for child health care professionals by being the premier source for career development.

2. Increase member diversity and engagement

3. Advance an equitable child health agenda

4. Build an effective infrastructure and secure the necessary staff, technology and financial resources to support our mission.


Our four pillars are:

1. Education

2. Health Care Delivery

3. Public Policy & Advocacy

4. Research