Established: November 2011


  • Advance child health through scholarship and advocacy for the profession of academic pediatrics.


  • Establish and charge and APS Advocacy Committee to advance the Core Values and priorities of APS.
  • Establish priorities for approval by Council.
  • Strengthen linkage of APS Advocacy Committee to the Council and to the Pediatric Policy Council (PPC).
  • Align priorities to available advocacy resources through AAP Department of Federal Affairs Washington Office.
  • Establish concrete outcomes and timelines for tracking and accountability.
  • Launch communications and media relations plan to promote advocacy agenda to internal and external audiences and engage members in advancing priorities.
  • Develop an Advocacy “Focus Page” for website with monthly updates.
  • Develop with the Communication Committee a clear, value-added advocacy communication process going forward.


  • Call to members to serve.
  • Committee members must be APS members.
  • Members selected by Council and Chair(s).

Co-Chair Terms/Limits:

  • Staggered Co-chair terms implemented in May 2020.
  • Chairs appointed by Council.
  • Chairs serve a 3-year term.
  • Chairs future term is at the discretion of Council.
  • Chairs can serve a maximum of 1 consecutive term.

Member Terms/Limits:

  • Members serve a 3-year term.
  • Terms will be staggered to ensure institution memory.
  • Members can serve a maximum of 1 consecutive term.


  • Duration is approximately one (1) hour or as needed for agenda.
  • Meetings are biannually, quarterly, or as needed.
  • Quorum is not necessary.

Current Committee:

David Keller, MD (Term: Co-Chair 2018–2021, 2021-2024)
Lisa Chamberlain, MD (Term: Co-Chair 2021-2024)

Council Liaison
Susan Baker, MD (Term: 2019–2024)

David Clark, MD (Term: 2020-2023)
Jonathan M. Davis, MD (Term: 2012–2022)
Matthew Davis, MD, MAPP (Term: Co-Chair 2018-2021, Member 2021-2024)
Scott Lorch, MD (Term: 2021-2024)
James M. Perrin, MD (Term: 2017–2020, 2020–2023)
DeWayne Pursley, MD, MPH (Term: 2017-2020, 2020–2023)
Roberta G. Williams, MD (Term: 2018–2021, 2021-2024)