Chapter Receives Award
Alabama was one of three chapters recognized for its accomplishments
in 2002 by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Alabama was selected
from among 66 chapters as the 2002 Outstanding Medium-sized Chapter.
Pennsylvania and Vermont were the two other state organizations
honored in the categories of large and small chapters, respectively.
by Alabama pediatricians included successful expansion of access
to health insurance to over 100,000 children over the past 3 years.
The chapter also conducted a statewide immunization project emphasizing
compliance and proper administration of vaccines.
Adolescent Medicine Education Project, providing continuing education
for pediatricians and pediatric office nurses, was a major chapter
initiative. The chapter conducted education programs for the public
and pediatricians concerning prevention of birth defects, care of
children with special health needs, prevention of substance abuse,
prevention of obesity, and the importance of immunizations.
Dr. Robert Beshear,
Alabama Chapter President, credited the state's general pediatricians
and pediatric subspecialists for volunteering many hours of hard
work to improve the health and well being of all Alabama children.