Who we are

We believe that “partners” is both a noun and a verb. We are passionate and dedicated to the health and well-being of all children, but especially the most vulnerable children in the U.S. We are pediatric nurse practitioners, fellow pediatric-focused nurse practitioners and nurses, pediatricians, child health and wellness specialists, generous philanthropists and organizations, dedicated caregivers and other stakeholders. Because nursing holds a trusted and pervasive position in the U.S., NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth feels a special responsibility to lead our broad array of colleagues and partners in developing and delivering focused initiatives to improve the lives of our vulnerable youth populations. Vulnerable youth are of any age: infants, children, adolescents and even young adults. The needs of these children are as different as their unique challenges.

NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the physical and mental health and well-being of vulnerable infants, children, adolescents and young adults. We were founded by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), a not-for-profit professional society established in 1973. NAPNAP has 53 chapters and 18 special interest groups, which support the massive reach and capacity of NAPNAP Partners. Its affiliated NAPNAP Foundation is dedicated to pediatric nurse practitioner research and scholarship, and ready to support this challenge.

What we do

  • Engage a broad range of stakeholders who are committed to improving the overall health of vulnerable youth in the U.S.
  • Develop and deliver creative, innovative educational resources for healthcare professionals and the public.
  • Speak loudly and advocate for vulnerable youth and their caregivers.
  • Facilitate data collection and actionable research to improve the delivery and outcomes of healthcare and other services to improve the lives of vulnerable youth.


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