District IX Chapter Forum Management Committee
Paula Whiteman
Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP   CFMC Representative, AAP-District IX
Immediate Past President, AAP-CA2 
Chapter Forum Management Committee (CFMC), REPORT
Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP
CFMC Representative, AAP-District IX  
Immediate Past President, AAP-CA2 
What is a resolution?
Per a dictionary, the first definition of a resolution is:
[rez- uh - loo -sh uh n]
1.    a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.
For purposes of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a resolution " is to provide a formal mechanism whereby the members of the Academy can give input concerning Academy policy and activities."
If you are passionate about a particular idea or topic that you feel should be a priority for the National AAP, then please consider submitting a resolution.   Please see the  "Guidelines for Submitting Resolutions, Writing and Submitting a Resolution - A Step by Step Guide", and the latest resolution template accessible via links below to get you started. These resources are also available on the ALF main page accessible via the  My AAP/ALF website, where you will also find a searchable database of past resolutions. Resolutions should have new ideas not previously considered or discussed at the Annual Leadership Forum (ALF).

As examples to help you get started, I have included a few sample top 10 resolutions provided in the link box below. One sample resolution was my 2017 #3 resolution on the executive order travel ban, which was a late resolution, and thus has wording reflecting that. Another sample resolution from 2017 was ranked #6 on dental anesthesia, was placed on the ALF consent calendar by the reference committee. More about late resolutions and the consent calendar follows below.
Individual members of the AAP may write a resolution; however, resident written resolutions must have a FAAP sign on to theirs. The 2015 #1 resolution was written by an intern from AAP-CA1, Peter Cooch, MD at UCSF, which focused on addressing the legal and mental health needs of undocumented immigrant children. 

The deadline to submit resolutions for consideration during the regular business session at the ALF is midnight CST (10pm PST) on November 15, 2017. Please submit your resolution directly to: Jonathan Faletti, Manager, Chapter Programs,  jfaletti@aap.org. In advance of that deadline, please send your resolutions to AAP-CA2  for sponsorship consideration and cc me at pjwhiteman@aap.net . We are happy to assist you with the process.

Submitted resolutions eventually must have sponsorship. This sponsorship is preferably obtained before the submission deadline, and is required for consideration before the start of the Annual Leadership Forum (ALF). Sponsorship comes from a chapter, committee, section, or council. This sponsorship can occur anytime up to the start of ALF as long as the submission deadline is met. However, the author risks their resolution not being sponsored if the group considering sponsorship does not agree with the resolution's intent as changes to the intent can not be made after the submission deadline has passed.  
Unsponsored resolutions must receive a second during the opening session of the ALF to be considered as regular business of the ALF.

While the official resolution deadline is November 15, 2017, resolutions must be sponsored for consideration. Each chapter has a different deadline for obtaining chapter sponsorship. Please consult your local chapter regarding their specific sponsorship requirements. In addition, resolutions may be sponsored by our district. The District IX deadline for consideration for district sponsorship is October 1st. These resolutions should be in finished form, include a fiscal note, and have background information. During the sponsorship discussion, changes may be recommended for clarity. Changes to a resolution's intent cannot be made after the Nov. 15th deadline.

Late resolutions must have an explanation as to why the official deadline wasn't met and why the idea cannot wait until the following year's ALF. Late resolutions undergo an approval process based on that criteria, irrespective of the resolution's content.  
In advance of ALF, the CFMC reviews all the submitted resolutions. Those resolutions felt to be without controversy are placed on a consent calendar and go straight to the voting session.
At ALF, resolutions not on the consent calendar are discussed. They may be amended or possibly combined. The 2016 #2 resolution based on SB#277 (written by Myles Abbott, MD, FAAP) was combined with a similar resolution from South Carolina requesting an AAP Policy Statement on Personal Belief  (Non-Medical) Exemptions for Immunizations.   
Ultimately, the resolutions are voted on to determine if they should be adopted. All adopted resolutions receive a formal response from the AAP with the top 10 resolutions going directly to the AAP Board of Directors. The top 10 resolutions are considered advisory to the board and are not binding. 
Good luck!! I look forward to assisting you with the process. 
As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. 

Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP
CFMC Representative, AAP-District IX
Immediate Past President, AAP-CA2
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