Follow us on Twitter
What's New
MNAAP Selected as AAP's Large Chapter of the Year!

After a careful review of the chapter's annual report and presentation by MNAAP President Dr. Andrew Kiragu, the District Vice Chairpersons at AAP's Annual Leadership Forum selected MNAAP to receive the 2018 Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year Award.

Minnesota is considered a large chapter with just over 1,000 members and 600 voting fellows. Other finalists included New York 2 and Kentucky.

This is the third time Minnesota has won the award in the last decade; it was also selected in 2009 under the leadership of Anne Edwards, MD, FAAP and in 2013 under the leadership of Robert Jacobson, MD, FAAP.

CATCH Funding for Pediatrician-Led Projects to Improve Children's Health

Up to $10,000 is available to pediatricians and $2,000 available to pediatric residents to plan community-based child health initiatives that address a range of topics. Since 2011, 13 physicians and residents from Minnesota have received CATCH grant funding for projects involving foster care, telemedicine, obesity, addiction, teenage pregnancy, oral health, mental health, and other topics.

Application deadline is July 31, 2018.
On Monday, June 18, there is a webinar about how to strengthen CATCH applications. 

If you have an idea, are interested in applying or have questions about the application process, feel free to contact MNAAP CATCH Facilitator Brian Lynch at

More info | View past funded projects

May/June Issue of Minnesota Pediatrician Online

Be sure to check out the latest issue of Minnesota Pediatrician, written by and for Minnesota pediatricians.

View now

Faith and Medicine - Thank You Physicians


Thank you to the pediatricians, med-peds physicians, residents and other health care providers who presented/answered parent questions at 19 Minnesota mosques  during and after Ramadan 2018. 

Thank you to:  Drs. Maher Alainawi, Roble Aden, Nusheen Ameenuddin, Sarah Atunah-Jay, Sheldon Berkowitz, Bruce Broman, Vijay Chawla, Nandita Chawla, Eileen Crespo, Hannah Giunta, Krista Hemmesch, Robert Jacobson, Sarah Lenhardt, Kerri Ann Mahon, Sakhaudiin Mohamud, Heidi Moline, Nancy Ott, Vivian Orey, Nasreen Quadri, Mark Schleiss, Sylvia Sekhon, Beth Thielen, Linda Thompson, Mahad Ururshe and Samreen Vora. 

MNAAP Book Club to Explore Poverty and Disparities in Minnesota

Join us in reading “Late Homecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir” by Kao Kalia Yang (a Minnesota author).


The book presents the journey from refugee camp to America and the hardships and joys of a family's struggle to adapt in a strange culture while holding onto traditions that are passed down from her beloved grandmother. This was a popular pick in our recent survey and highly rated by readers. If you don’t want to purchase the book, try checking your local library to reserve and pick up a copy.


We hope you’ll join us in reading this book and discussing its relevance to pediatrics on 9/24 from 12:15-1:00 p.m.


If you'd like to be part of the book club, please email in order to receive email reminders.


2018 Board Elections: Cast Your Ballot Online

Board elections are held each Spring for open positions on boards of the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) and the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation (MAPF). 


This year, there are 5 openings on the board, including president-elect and treasurer. Our nominating committee has recommended 5 strong candidates. Please submit your vote online and offer any comments or suggestions for current and new board members. Ballots are due Friday, July 20.


Vote for 2018-2021 Board Members | View Current Board Members





Minnesota Ranks 4th in Latest National Rankings for Child Wellbeing

Minnesota yet again ranks among the top states when assessing children's outcomes related to health, education, safety and economic stability, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book released recently by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 


However, disparities continue to adversely impact children of color and American Indian children, compared to their white peers. 


View data



Message to MN Pediatricians from Senator Tina Smith

If you missed MNAAP's annual meeting on May, 11, you may have missed Senator Tina Smith's message to Minnesota's pediatricians. Take a moment to watch her 2-minute message.


Watch video