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IMPORTANT ADVOCACY ALERT: Set Aside 90 Seconds for Newborn Screening. Contact legislators now!

The House is scheduled to vote on a bill that would restore Minnesota's newborn screening program on Thursday, April 10 -- and they need to hear from YOU!

The newborn screening bill preserves critical health data for families, supports quality improvement and facilitates the development of new tests that lead to life-saving treatments.

 

Please take 90 seconds to contact your legislators now! Tell them to pass the newborn screening bill!

 

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AAP Selects MNAAP to Receive Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year Award!

Award winners were selected via a competitive application and interview process describing how the chapter has effectively advocated on behalf of families and pediatricians over the past year. A large chapter is defined as having between 500-1,000 members.

 

MNAAP is proud to partner with Minnesota's pediatricians in improving the health of Minnesota's children and teens. This award is a testament to the work of our members. Thank you for your continued support, advocacy and membership. Together, we are making a difference in pediatrics!





Register for Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference by April 15 for Discounted Rate!

Don't miss out on one of the best pediatric conferences in the state! MNAAP's Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference will be held Friday, June 13 at the Hilton Hotel MSP Airport-MOA in Bloomington.

 

The morning session will focus on practical approaches for managing and preventing pediatric obesity. The afternoon session will take a closer look at closing the gaps in pediatric health disparities and include examples of rural and urban clinics rising to the challenge. Finally, the day will cap off with MNAAP's annual meeting and dinner titled "Poverty and Child Health: Can Pediatricians do Anything to Help?"

 

We've lined up more than a dozen experts to speak at the conference. Hope to see you there!

 

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Interested in Joining MNAAP's Board of Directors?

The Board has 5-6 openings for member pediatricians and specialists interested in supporting its mission of protecting and improving the health of all Minnesota children and teens. At least one of the Board positions will be for a pediatrician/pediatric specialist in greater Minnesota. Terms begin July 1, 2014 and run through June 30, 2016.

 

As a member, you are invited to nominate yourself or someone else to serve on MNAAP's board. Send an email indicating your interest to serve on the board and current CV to cairns@mnaap.org for review by MNAAP's nominating committee in the coming weeks. 

 

Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 25, 2014. Final election will take place in May 2014 with a link to online ballots included in the May newsletter and all-member email.







Help Promote National Infant Immunization Week April 26 - May 3

This is an opportunity to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.

Once again, MNAAP will be teaming up with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to raise awareness of the importance of infant vaccinations. Be sure to check out MDH's toolkit of resources for providers, including free posters and images for waiting room monitors. Make sure your clinic is involved in the effort!


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Members, Let's Hear Your Nominations for Award Recipients!

Each year MNAAP honors those who are leading efforts to protect the health of Minnesota's children. Award winners will be recognized at MNAAP's annual meeting on Friday, June 13, 2014. Nominations are being saught for the 2014 Child Advocacy Award and 2014 Distinguished Service Award

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New Immunization Laws for School, Child Care and Early Childhood Programs

On Sept. 1, 2014, changes to the Minnesota's Immunization Law will take effect for schools, child care, and early childhood programs. The new requirements pertain to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Tdap and Meningitis

 

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New Achieving Bright Futures Resource Now Available

The AAP is pleased to announce the release of Achieving Bright Futures, a new AAP resource that provides guidance to insurers, regulators, lawmakers, and other stakeholders on all of the services to be covered in Bright Futures recommended well-baby and well-child visits under the ACA.





MNAAP Can Help with Your MOC Part 4 Requirement

To main certification, most pediatricians need to participate in a quality improvement project that has been approved by the American Board of Pediatrics every four years. As a member benefit, MNAAP has developed a menu of programs to make this requirement as fast and straightforward as possible. Each program has been discounted to $99 for chapter members and can be completed in just six months. 

 

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June 15-18 AAP Legislative Conference

Want to learn how to have a bigger voice on pediatric issues through national advocacy? If so, consider attending AAP's Legislative Conference in Washington, DC from June 15-17, 2014. This conference will give pediatricians the opportunity to attend interactive workshops and in-depth training sessions, while networking with more than 100 pediatricians from across the country who share a passion for advocacy. 

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WIC Requiring Medical Documentation for Some Reformulated Infant Formulas

The caloric density of Similac Sensitive, Similac Total Comfort and Similac for Spit-Up has been reduced from 20 kcal/oz.to 19 kcal/oz. Because USDA requires formulas provided by WIC to contain 20 kcals/oz, medical documentation is necessary for WIC to provide them to families. Note that there has been no change to Similac Advance, the primary formula provided by WIC.  For questions, contact Jayne Thalhuber at Jayne.thalhuber@state.mn.us or 651-231-2155 at MDH. 

 

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March 28 AAP News Article: "What Pediatricians Need to Know About Low Calorie/Low Protein Formulas"

 



2014 Medical Student/Resident Abstract Competition: Call for Judges

Once again this year, MNAAP will be hosting an abstract competition for medical students/residents in conjunction with its annual meeting on Friday, June 13 at the Hilton in Bloomington (across from MOA). The competition will be held at 5 p.m. -- one hour before the chapter's annual meeting begins -- and is an exciting way to learn about interesting and unusual pediatric cases, programs and research. It's also a great opportunity to network with new and past colleagues.

 

At least 6 community pediatricians are needed to help judge the abstracts, which are being accepted in two categories: Case Report (clinical vignette/program report), or Original Research. 

 

If you are planning to attend MNAAP's annual meeting, please consider serving as a judge for the student/resident abstract competition. Email cairns@mnaap.org for questions.