The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) advocates on behalf of children and pediatricians in Illinois. The work of ICAAP focuses on issues pertaining to the health and well-being of children, such as access to medical care, Medicaid improvements for physicians and children, immunizations, school health, injury prevention, and environmental health.

Are you interested in becoming more involved in advocacy? Join ICAAP's Committee on Governmental Affairs. This statewide committee meets several times per year via conference call to discuss pending legislation in Springfield, and plan ICAAP's policy agenda. ICAAP also plans an annual Lobby Day for members to spend a day in Springfield meeting with legislators and advocating for children's health. The next Lobby Day date will be released in early 2020. For more information, please contact Dru O'Rourke at


REACH is an advocacy presentation developed for Pediatric residents to provide an overview of advocacy at the state level. The presentation provides an update on legislation that affects children and providers and equips attendees with tools needed to become advocates for children. Although developed for residents, it is great information for anyone in learning more about advocacy and is open to all ICAAP members. The two hour REACH training is held on one Monday a month from 9-11am. Below are the upcoming dates for REACH:

2019 Dates

June 3rd, July 8th, August 5th, September 9th, October 7th, November 4th, December 2nd

2020 Dates

January 6th, February 3rd, March 2nd, April 6th, May 4th, June 1st

Parking is difficult and we encourage attendees to use public transportation. We are located half of block from the UIC/Halsted Blue line stop and a half a mile from union station. Please RSVP to Jennie Pinkwater at