The Committee on Native American Child Health (CONACH) develops policies and programs that improve the health of Native American children. The CONACH members are committed to increasing awareness of the major health problems facing Native American children, and monitoring legislation affecting Native American child health. The CONACH also conducts pediatric consultation visits to Indian Health Service (IHS) and tribal health facilities, and works to strengthen ties with tribes throughout the United States. All CONACH members are appointed by the AAP Board of Directors.


The International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health (IMICH), held every two years, focuses on innovative clinical care models and community-based public health approaches for children and youth in First Nations, Inuit, Métis, American Indian, Alaska Native and other Indigenous communities around the world.


Co-hosted by the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics, this meeting brings together health care providers and researchers working with children, youth and families in American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and other Indigenous communities. Participants share model programs and research, learn about prevalent health problems, and acquire practical skills for use in community settings. Opportunities to share knowledge and support one another’s efforts, to network and develop partnerships are built into the program.

Inquiries
AAP Committee on Native American Child Health
Tel: 847/434-4722
indianhealth@aap.org

Past Meetings

AAP Children's Oral Health Web Site

The AAP supports pediatricians and other health care professionals to provide preventive oral health services as part of early well child exams and continued throughout the child's life until a dental home can be found. The new Children's Oral Health Web site provides opportunities for education, advocacy, and resources to help you to implement oral health services in the pediatric practice. For more information about the AAP's Oral Health efforts email oralhealth@aap.org.


GET INVOLVED: INDIAN HEALTH SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
You can become involved in the AAP's Native American child health efforts through the Indian Health Special Interest Group (IH-SIG). The IH-SIG provides a forum for pediatricians and other licensed health care professionals serving American Indian/Alaska Native children to share successes and strategies, sponsor educational programs that highlight aspects of providing care to American Indian/Alaska Native children, support the work of the CONACH by disseminating information, and link members to address problems specific to local or regional care of American Indian/Alaska Native children.

One of the activities of the IH-SIG is a discussion forum facilitated through an electronic mailing list. Topics discussed recently include oral health, childhood asthma, ADHD, and injury prevention.

To become a member of the IH-SIG, you must be a member of the Council on Community Pediatrics (COCP). Members of the COCP can join the IH-SIG free of charge and will be able to access the IH-SIG Web pages on the Members Only Channel of the AAP Web site.

For more information on AAP Native American child health activities please review the IH-SIG brochure or e-mail indianhealth@aap.org.