ICAAP has approximately 2,000 members, representing nearly 70% of Illinois’ pediatricians. The 2,000 members include about 600 physicians-in-training and 150 pediatric medical and surgical specialists. ICAAP has members throughout the state but nearly 70% live or work in Cook County, and some rural and southern Illinois counties have very few or no pediatricians. A staff of 21, project consultants, and a committed core of volunteers keep the Chapter running and work to ensure ICAAP fulfills its mission.
ICAAP updates members on the latest child health news in several ways:
Child Health Committees
Over a dozen committees tackle specific child health issues, such as school health, neonatology, infectious diseases, and other topics. Committees provide a forum for ICAAP members to share information across their institutions and regions and are often involved in legislative issues.
ICAAP administers many programs in continuing medical education to physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers. Many programs are delivered to physicians and their staff in the office setting at no charge. These include screening for developmental and social-emotional delays and maternal depression; immunizations; asthma diagnosis and management; oral health and fluoride varnish application; adolescent alcohol use, and more. ICAAP also hosts an Annual Conference each spring for over 150 attendees and periodic seminars such as Victory with Vaccines or Current Trends in Neonatology.
Partnerships with State Agencies
Key state agencies, such as the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, work closely with ICAAP on a variety of issues which affect pediatricians and the children they serve.
ICAAP’s Committee on Government Affairs works closely with grassroots members and the Chapter’s legislative consultant to advocate for Illinois children and pediatricians. View our current legislative priorities here.