The MS Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a professional membership organization of more than 325 Mississippi pediatricians, both primary care providers and subspecialists. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the mission of the Chapter is to promote the health and well-being of all children in Mississippi. The MS Chapter AAP is one of the sixty-six autonomous yet affiliated chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The Mississippi Chapter AAP is committed to promoting the health and
well-being of all children in Mississippi
Established as a state Chapter in 1934, Dr. Noel Womack, Sr. was the first Chairman in 1937. Since that time, the Chapter has been heavily involved with public health and advocacy for children. In 1946-47, the Chapter, the national AAP, and MS State Department of Health undertook an in-depth evaluation of the status of children in MS. Major impacts of their survey included understanding the need to attract more physicians to rural communities, expanding community health services, and regionalization of care for babies born prematurely. This may also have had an impact on the decision to expand the University of Mississippi School of medicine to a four-year school.
Dr. Blair Batson (after whom our state’s children’s hospital is named) was the first Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of MS Medical Center, appointed in 1955. Dr. Batson also served on the Board of the national American Academy of Pediatrics and was instrumental in the support and development of the MS Chapter AAP.
The Chapter has been a 501c3 non-profit organization since 1991 and has continued to be actively involved in advocating for children’s health across our state.
Though the landscape of health care in MS has changed since our inception, our mission remains the same: to promote the health, safety and well-being of children and adolescents in MS so they may reach their optimum potential. The Chapter is looked to for guidance in matters relating to child advocacy, legislation and policy regarding child health and pediatric practice, and to provide opportunities for continuing education for physicians, nurses, and others.
Chapter priorities include ongoing advocacy, including legislative, policy, state, and federal advocacy, professional education, networking opportunities. We are dedicated to promoting and protecting the interests of Mississippi pediatricians; improving the knowledge of and involvement of pediatricians in advocacy to impact pediatric practice and the welfare of Mississippi’s children; working with other organizations with similar missions towards improving children’s health and well-being; providing opportunities for quality education, support and networking among pediatricians; providing representation of Mississippi pediatricians within the national AAP.
The Chapter has received the following awards
- Awards of Chapter Excellence from the American Academy of Pediatrics: 2019, 2016, 2014, 2005, and 2001
- 2015 Special Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics