President's Message

January 2016 Newsletter Article


As we begin the new year, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all of our members for your ongoing commitment to children and families and to our organization. I also want to acknowledge the efforts of all of our colleagues who lead our special interest groups and regions, core programs and task forces, plan professional development meetings for learners, trainees and faculty, and serve on the Board. And I want to recognize the partnership of Connie Mackay, Karen Raetz, Laura Degnon, and of all of the staff of Degnon Associates who work with us to ensure the success of all of these activities.

In November the Board held the fall meeting focusing on strategic conversations and the review of budget proposals to support ongoing and new initiatives. To support these discussions, we have implemented a process of internal review for our core programs in collaboration with the program leaders to assess outcomes and plan for sustainability and adaptation to meet the current needs of our members. We also began conversations about the timing for our next strategic planning process. As always, we will be looking to you to share your ideas about ways we can enhance the organization and what we do to meet our mission. More to come in the coming month...

Members of the Board have been incredibly busy serving on the planning committee for the 2016 PAS meeting. Many thanks to Judy Shaw, Elisa Zenni, Latha Chandran, Karen Wilson, Jon Finkelstein and Mary Ottolini for their important contributions on the committee and for their representation of the APA. And, of course, thank you to all of you who participated in the review of workshops and abstracts and helped to shape this year's learning program. Judy and Steve Selbst have also agreed to participate in strategic planning for the PAS meeting, ensuring the voice and needs of our members are a part of the important decisions about future directions for the meeting. Additional representatives from the APA will also have the opportunity to contribute to this process. Please look for opportunities to express your opinions to support the process.

I want to end by sharing an exciting announcement about one of the decisions made at this fall's meeting. Thanks to the leadership of Steve Shelov, David Keller, and Bob Vinci and their efforts to engage others in contributing to this effort, an award honoring Joel Alpert will be presented at the presidential plenary in Baltimore for the best abstract in underserved medicine.

I continue to be honored to serve the organization and to work with each of you. I look forward to all that we will accomplish together on behalf of the APA!

Happy New Year,

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