by Devin Miller • Washington Correspondent
Upon the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as
the 45th president of the United States on Jan.
20, the Academy will work with his administration
and Congress to ensure the needs of children and
families are met and prioritized in all policymaking.
In addition to Trump’s election, Republicans
retained control of the U.S. Senate, with 51 Republicans and 47 Democrats as of Nov. 9, and will
maintain their control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
For the first time in eight years, the Academy
will set a child health policy agenda for a new pres-
idential administration. ;e Academy’s priorities to
advocate and promote healthy children, support
secure families, build strong communities and en-
sure that the United States is a leading nation for
children will continue to guide its work.
Serving as the foundation for this e;ort, the
Academy’s Blueprint for Children ( http://aap.org/
blueprint) will provide federal leaders with the information they need to make that possible. In fact,
the document already has been adopted by several
agencies and departments planning their own transitions into the new administration.
In the meantime, the lame-duck congressional
session is in full swing, which is the timeframe be-
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Washington Report Data support family-focused
interventions for children
with behavioral issues
by Alyson Sulaski Wyckoff • Associate Editor
More than 10% of young children have clinically significant mental health
problems, but most receive no
interventions for their disorder.
Although often not recognized,
young children experience mental health problems at similar
rates as older children.
Pediatricians can help close
this gap in the health care delivery system by calling for improved access
to care, more research identifying alternative
models, adequate payment for providers and
improved education on evidence-based interventions.
;ose are among the recommendations in
the new AAP policy statement and technical
report Addressing Early Childhood Emotional
and Behavioral Problems. ;e policy is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-
3023 and the technical report at http://dx.doi.
org/10.1542/peds.2016-3025; both are published in the December issue of Pediatrics.
;e statements are from the AAP Council on
Early Childhood, Committee on Psychosocial
Aspects of Child and Family
Health, and the Section on
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
;e policy summarizes empirically supported approaches to mental health care for
young children, describes
barriers to interventions and
proposes recommendations to enhance care.
“Early intervention is proven to be clinically
e;ective as well as cost-e;ective, yet too many
young children have inadequate access to these
services,” said Mary Margaret Gleason, M.D.,
See Behavioral problems, page 4
In this issue
Healthy approach to martial arts
Various forms of martial arts, their benefits and common
pediatric injuries are covered in a new AAP clinical report.
Commentary: Fight intolerance, racism in pediatrics
Pediatricians should seek to counteract unconscious biases in
their efforts to help disparate patients overcome obstructions
to health equity. Page 29
See Washington Report, page 3
AAP outlines priorities for Trump administration,
lame-duck advocacy continues
National Conference energizes
record number of attendees
“Each of us is here because we care passionately
about the lives of children and are trying to make
an impact in children’s lives in different ways,”
said Richard Besser, M.D., FAAP, of ABC News,
in his keynote address during the 2016 AAP
National Conference & Exhibition (see page 18).
The conference offered a mix of breaking science,
advocacy and connections with colleagues. Find
more highlights, including AAP President Benard
P. Dreyer’s address and photos inside. Find more
highlights on pages 15, 18 and 19.