Parents as Teachers Board member Colleen Kraft has been named President-Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Kraft will officially become President-elect on January 1, 2017, and will take over as AAP president on January 1, 2018. You can read more about her election here.
Dr. Kraft has a long history of being a champion for children and families. In 1965, she was a member of the inaugural Head Start class. It was only a summer program, but one of the teachers told her she was so smart, she might even become a doctor someday. Those words later became reality, and her impressive medical career has included being a primary care provider, managing a practice, creating a residency program and working at an academic center focusing on health care finance.