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Medical Neglect: A One-Pager for Pediatricians

Neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment. Medical neglect occurs when a caregiver fails to provide necessary medical care by refusing or failing to seek, obtain or follow through with necessary medical care, posing serious risk to a child. 


In 2016, there were 379 cases of medical neglect in Minnesota. Children ages 0-3 and those with disabilities are at higher risk.  


MNAAP's Child Abuse Work Group recently put together a one-pager on how and when to report medical neglect. Feel free to download and share it with your colleagues.

Medical neglect one-pager

Making the Most of MNAAP Membership

Have you ever wondered what MNAAP can do you for you, individually? Ever doubted whether being involved in a professional group really makes a difference? Watch a short video about the impact of MNAAP membership. 


Feel free to share on social media and with fellow pediatricians! 


Watch the video

Register Now: March 7 Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol

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 of Minnesota children. Ensuring access to care is among MNAAP's top priorities for 2018.


Following a brief primer on the chapter's positions, 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. 


Children can't vote, and there are no pediatricians in our state legislature, which is why these discussions are so important. Please plan to join us the afternoon of March 7 at the State Capitol to speak on behalf of children! 


Learn more/register now

Feb 8 Lunchtime Webinar: Clinical Care for Complicated ADHD

Our speaker for this MNAAP pediatric mental health lunch and learn is Rachel Lynch, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic. This free webinar will take place Thursday, February 8 from 12:15-1:00 p.m. 


Register now

AAP Seeking Nominations for National Committees

The call for nominations for 2018 national committee member positions is now open until February 23, 2018. Member appointments will take place at the May 2018 board meeting and new member terms will begin on July 1, 2018. Consider nominating yourself or someone else. 


Committee on Adolescence (COA): 1 position


Committee on Coding and Nomenclature (COCN): 1 position


Committee on Continuing Medical Education (COCME): 1 position


Committee on Development (CODe): 3 positions


Committee on Fetus and Newborn (COFN): 1 position


Committee on Infectious Diseases (COID): 1 position


Committee on Nutrition (CON): 2 positions


Committee on Pediatric AIDS (COPA): 1 position


Committee on Pediatric Education (COPE): 2 positions


Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine (COPEM): 1 position


Committee on Pediatric Workforce (COPW): 2 positions


Committee on Practice & Ambulatory Medicine (COPAM): 2 positions

Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health (COPACFH): 2 positions


Committee on State Government Affairs (COSGA): 2 positions



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Minnesota Pediatricians Author New AAP Policy Statement on Nutrition

Drs. Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg and Michael K. Georgieff, who are members of AAP's Committee on Nutrition as well as MNAAP, served as lead authors on a policy statement released in January 2018 titled "Advocacy for Improving Nutrition in the First 1000 Days To Support Childhood Development and Adult Health."


Acknowledging the most active period of neurological development occurs in the first 1,000 days of life (from the period beginning at conception to the start of the third postnatal year), the policy statement asserts that the nutritional environment has an effect on whether brain growth and differentiation proceed normally or abnormally.


The authors call on providers to be knowledgeable about breastfeeding benefits and guidelines, advocate for nutrition and hunger support programs, and promote healthy food choices to optimize nutrition.


Read the full statement




Minnesota Experiencing High Influenza Activity

This is shaping up to be a severe season with a high number of hospitalizations and outbreaks. The dominant strain is influenza A/H3, but we may see other strains as the season progresses. There are still months of influenza activity left this season -- still time for vaccination.


Even in a perfectly matched flu season, the vaccine won't prevent every case of flu, but it is still the best tool we have.


Consider flu high on the list of possible diagnoses for ill patients, especially those with upper respiratory symptoms, even if they have been vaccinated.


Use antiviral drugs to treat all hospitalized patients and all high-risk patients with flu symptoms.


Antiviral drugs work best when treatment is started within 2 days of illness onset, but clinical benefit has been observed even when treatment is started later.


Along with vaccination, remind patients and colleagues to stay home if ill, cover coughs and sneezes, and wash hands.


Minnesota Department of Health Influenza Page




Save the Dates and Plan to Join us!

Block these dates off now and plan to join MNAAP!


Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol - Register now!
St. Paul, MN  


Friday, May 11, 2017
MNAAP Hot Topics in Pediatrics - Register now! Conference & Annual Meeting
St. Paul, MN


See other local pediatric events/trainings