Chapter committees are made up of active and affiliated physicians and health professionals who have the goals described in each committee title. Committees generally meet on a quarterly basis in person or by conference call.


CoChairs:  Aaron Nayfack, MD, FAAP & Amy Whittle, MD, FAAP

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The Advocacy Committee works in conjunction with the District AAP to review legislation affecting child health in California. The Chapter committee handles grass roots efforts on statewide legislation based on District policy and positions. The Advocacy Committee will disseminate information via on-line and email in support or opposition of regulations, bills, resolutions and other legislative formats which the District does not have the staff time to consider.

Child Abuse Prevention, Education and Treatment Commitee (CAPET)

Chair: Rachel Gilgoff, MD, FAAP


A major focus of the committee is child abuse prevention and education.  The Committee will collaborate with Child Abuse Prevention Councils of California and help facilitate access to prevention tools for Chapter 1 pediatricians.  The committee will be spearheading the creation of a sexual assault services directory. The goal of the directory is to provide guidance to local law enforcement agencies and emergency departments.  The committee will also create a comprehensive list of child abuse pediatricians who are available to provide community trainings throughout the state of California.

Committee on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Chair: Renee Wachtel, MD, FAAP


The Committee on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is composed of AAP Fellows who are subspecialists with expertise in developmental and behavioral pediatrics or neurodevelopmental disabilities and primary care pediatricians. The Committee is dedicated to the optimal care and development of children with disabilities and  special health care needs and to the support of their families. Children with special health care needs are those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition and require health and related services beyond those required by children generally. Committee issues include early intervention, developmental screening, access to developmental and behavioral services, childhood behavior problems, physician education regarding developmental and behavioral screening and referral to resources, medication management of developmental and behaviorally related disorders, biopsychosocial issues, genetic disorders related to impairments in sensory function, development and behavior, and advocacy issues. 

Foster Care

CoChairs:  Katy Carlsen, MD, FAAP & Rachel Weinreb, MD, FAAP

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Current Projects: The committee is working on improving collaboration between primary care and mental health providers for foster youth and improving the access to medical and psychological data when we evaluate foster youth. They are also offering resources to general pediatricians interested in caring for foster youth.

Medical Education

CoChairs:  Yasmin Carim, MD, FAAP & Mika Hiramatsu, MD

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The Committee on Continuing Medical Education coordinates, monitors, and evaluates the Continuing Medical Education (CME) program and its individual activities to ensure quality and consistency in the content development and design process as well as to provide oversight for the accreditation of the AAP CME program. The primary role of the committee is to ensure that the AAP CME program remains on the leading edge of pediatric continuing medical education. Thus, a critical function of the committee is to recommend new directions and/or initiatives for the AAP CME program in consideration of sound educational practice based on the principles of adult learning theory and the most current and evidence-based CME research. 

Oral Health

Chair: Susan Fisher-Owens, MD, FAAP


The Dental Issues Committee focuses on educating pediatricians, parents and children about the importance of good dental hygiene and preventive care.

School Health

CoChairs: George Monteverdi, MD, FAAP and Renee Wachtel, MD, FAAP

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The School Health Committee works with the local First 5 Commissions, the public school system and other health care professionals to ensure that school children have appropriate medical care and a safe learning environment in their schools. The committee advocates for proper nutrition, physical exercise, mental health services, and a positive learning experience for all children.

Substance Abuse Prevention

Chair: Seth Ammerman, MD, FAAP


The Committee on Substance Abuse (COSA) is concerned with the prevention, early recognition, and appropriate management of substance abuse by young people; initiates professional and public education in this area; and makes appropriate policy recommendations to the membership. COSA produces materials for use by physicians and monitors the Tobacco/Substance Abuse Free Generation Program.

Vintage Docs

Chair: Harvey Kaplan, MD, FAAP


The focus of the Vintage Docs committee is to provide information on life transitions for senior pediatricians, both professionally and personally and to provide an opportunity to participate in child advocacy and mentorship programs for young pediatricians.

Early Career Physician's Committee

Chair: Matt Diffley, MD, FAAP


The Section on Early Career Physician's provides valuable guidance and resources for physicians who are transitioning out of residency and fellowship. The Committee's primary focus is on advocacy, mentoring and education. We are currently working on developing sub-committees on a nationwide level that include: Connectivity, Work/Life Balance, Improving Member Value, Personal Finance Management, Leadership Skills/Development, and Workforce Policy.