Media Release: TNAAP Named Outstanding Large Chapter

August 31, 2023

NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (TNAAP) announced today that it was named the winner of The American Academy of Pediatrics 2022 Outstanding Chapter Award, in the Large Chapter category. The honor comes following a year of outreach to educate thousands of health professionals on topics like early childhood screenings and catching up on wellness vaccines.

“We are so honored to receive the Outstanding Chapter Award for 2022. It is a testament to the hard work of our entire chapter around the advocacy work on behalf of all children in Tennessee, the extensive training and educational services we provide to our members, and the strength of our membership and finances,” said TNAAP President Dr. Jason Yaun, FAAP.

“We are proud of the work that our staff, leadership team, and all members put in throughout the year that led to this award. We appreciate the recognition for the accomplishments we have achieved over the past year,” he said.

The award was given by the AAP District Vice-chair Committee, which honors chapters for excellence in programs that support the health and welfare of children. The AAP District Vice-chair Committee provides support, resources, and collaboration experiences between the 66 chapters in the US and Canada.

“The Outstanding Large Chapter Award of the American Academy of Pediatrics is presented to a Chapter with exceptional accomplishments and innovative ideas while maintaining a healthy chapter,” said Dr. Pat Purcell, American Academy of Pediatrics, District IV Vice Chair. “Congratulations to Tennessee for being the 2022 award recipient.”

TNAAP worked throughout 2022 to expand its endowment to support young physicians and launch a new Immunization Program to give clinicians the tools they need to help parents understand the importance of childhood wellness vaccines. The Outstanding Chapter Award recognized the significance of this new program and its use of peer-to-peer learning known as the ECHO model (Extension for Community Health Outcomes).

Also in 2022, TNAAP continued to offer in-person and virtual training on early childhood screening, behavioral health resources, and effective medical coding. These free sessions were provided to thousands of clinicians and practice managers across Tennessee.

Pictured: TNAAP President Dr. Jason Yaun, Executive Director Ruth Allen, Vice President Dr. Carlenda Smith
Pictured: TNAAP President Dr. Jason Yaun, Executive Director Ruth Allen, Vice President Dr. Carlenda Smith