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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.

June 4 Webinar: Food Insecurity Referrals -- Next Steps with a Positive Screen

Join us Monday, June 4 from 12:15-1:00 p.m. Presenters include Dr. Lisa Cinar with North Memorial Clinic; Dr. Melanie Lind-Ayers with Park Nicollet Clinic; Amy Harris-Overby with Hennepin Healthcare; Stephanie Hogenson with Bridge to Benefits and Nicole Bailey with Hunger Solutions. 


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Congratulations to Dr. Linda Thompson: MNAAP 2018 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Dr. Thompson recently retired from Hennepin Healthcare (formerly HCMC) after 38 years as an attending pediatrician and child abuse specialist. She has recently completed training to become a guardian ad litem for the judicial district. She has been heavily involved in child maltreatment initiatives and active in the chapter to reduce gun violence.

Pediatricians Needed to Answer Parent Questions During Ramadan 2018 at Minnesota Mosques

MNAAP is again working with Imams to bring the "Faith and Medicine" message to 19 mosques statewide. Please consider if you would be available to help during the hours on the following dates/times:


Saturday, May 26th at any of these times- 10am to noon, 11am to 1pm, noon- 2pm, 5:30-7:30pm or 7- 9:30pm in the metro area


Sunday, May 27th from 7-9:30pm  in Minneapolis


Saturday, June 2nd from 7:30-9:30pm in St Cloud


Somali interpreters will be available and we meet with Imams, mothers group, adult men or combined groups to answer health questions. Enjoy hospitality from the mosque community following the presentation. Hopefully, we will not have another measles outbreak during Ramadan 2018. 


Contact if interested and to identify your preferred date(s).

MNAAP Book Club to Explore Poverty and Disparities in Minnesota

We are reading A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, by Sun Yung Shin.

In this provocative book, 16 of Minnesota's best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota. They give readers a splendid gift: the gift of touching another human being's inner reality, behind masks and veils and politeness. They bring us generously into experiences that we must understand if we are to come together in real relationships.

We began reading May 1 and will discuss the book as a large group over conference call on Monday, June 25 at 12:15 p.m. If you'd like to be part of the book club, please email in order to receive email reminders.


April 27 Webinar: Pediatric Addiction Q&A and Pediatric Opioid Issues

Fact: 4 percent of Minnesota youth ages 12-17 misused prescription opioids in 2013-2014. The crisis is only getting worse. There were 395 opioid overdose deaths in Minnesota 2016. 


If you missed MNAAP's April 27 webinar on pediatric addiction and opioid issues with Lucien Gonzalez, MD, MS, FAAP from the University of Minnesota, the webinar has been archived. 

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Revisions to Minnesota Communicable Disease Reporting Rules

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is proposing modification to the Communicable Disease Reporting Rules through the Minnesota rulemaking process and published the Notice of Intent to Adopt without a Hearing on May 14, 2018.


MDH will be accepting comments until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018. This rulemaking process will bring the requirements that govern clinical materials up to date to respond better to whatever the current environment is. It will eliminate unnecessary submissions and focus on only the submissions that the MDH needs when we need them. 


Review the changes and/or submit comments