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Post-Election Pediatrics and Advocacy

The election is over. Regardless of the result, our role as pediatricians will be to continue to advocate strongly for all children.


So, what can pediatric providers and advocates expect from newly elected leaders and a Republican majority? MNAAP Lobbyist Eric Dick explains.


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Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol is March 21

Each year MNAAP brings together more than 100 residents, community pediatricians and medical students to discuss and advocate for issues that have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of Minnesota children. Ensuring access to care is MNAAP's top priority for 2017.

Following a review of the legislative process, we'll hear from our state lobbyist and key legislators about specific child health issues being debated. You'll have the opportunity to weigh in and discuss priority issues with your own legislators as well.

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Save the Dates!

Block these dates off now and plan to join MNAAP!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol - Register now!
St. Paul, MN  

Friday, May 12, 2017

MNAAP Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference & Annual Meeting

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Reach out to Your Legislators

With many new faces in Minnesota's legislature, it will be especially important for pediatricians to reach out to legislators by email or phone, introduce themselves, and offer to be a resource on child health and wellbeing issues. Advocacy is largely built on relationships. 

Not sure who represents you? Enter your address in the state's district finder. You will see a list of your Minnesota and U.S. representatives. Click on their names for their phone number, email and mailing address.

Your email or phone call doesn't have to be long. Simply introduce yourself as a constituent. Offer to be a resource. Urge them to ensure every child has access to quality, affordable care. And thank them for their service. 

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Screening for Poverty: Bridging to Books and Benefits

With funding from AAP, the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation plans to partner with 2-3 rural clinics beginning in January to reinforce the importance of screening for poverty and connecting families to appropriate resources.


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Coming up...

Tuesday, January 17, 12:15 p.m.
Poverty/Disparities Work Group Conference Call 

Friday, January 20
Children's Mental Health Workshop Series for Primary Care Providers

Thursday, Feb 2, 7:15 a.m.
Child Abuse Work Group Conference Call  

Thursday, Feb 2, 12:15 p.m.
Immunizations Work Group Conference Call  

Thursday, Feb 2, 6:30 p.m.
MNAAP Board Meeting  

Friday, Feb 3, 12:15 p.m.
Membership and Communications Work Group Conference Call  

Thursday, Feb. 9, 12:15 p.m.
Mental Health Work Group Conference Call  

Thursday, Feb. 16, 12:15 p.m.
Webinar: Case-Based Abusive Head Trauma

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 12:15 p.m. 
Poverty/Disparities Work Group Conference Call 

For details or info about participating, email


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Pediatric Assistance Line (PAL)

The shortage of quality mental health professionals and psychiatrists impacts both patient and provider access to psychiatric specialists. PAL is designed to help healthcare providers gain immediate and free access to the best mental health professionals and psychiatrists in Minnesota by providing consults, triage and referrals. 

PAL is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can get more information, and even schedule directly by visiting us online at or by calling at 855-431-6468. 

Time spent consulting with PAL is reimbursable by Minnesota Health Care Plans and most commercial health plans. Eligible providers can use the consultation to help justify a higher time or complexity using E/M codes, or it can be billed by itself - usually using a 99499 with modifiers. Click here for billing information on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website. 



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Addressing Member Priorities: Work Group Updates

MNAAP has 4 work groups that meet on a regular basis to identify concerns, address barriers and provide resources on members' top priority issues.


Mental Health | Chair: Read Sulik, MD
Meets by conference call on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12:15 p.m.


Poverty/Disparities | Co-chairs: Sarah Atunah, Jay, MD and Rachel Tellez, MD
Meets by conferrence call on the 1st Monday of each month at 12:15 p.m. 


Immunizations | Chairs: Vijay Chawla, MD; Deborah DeMarais, MD; Dawn Martin, MD
Meets by conference call on the 1st Thursday of each month at 12:15 p.m.


Child abuse/maltreatment | Chairs: Mark Hudson, MD and Michael Partington, MD 
Meets by conference call on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:15 a.m.


To learn more information or how you can get involved, email 

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