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Great Turnout for May 20 Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference

More than 150 people attended a portion of MNAAP's Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference and Annual dinner, which covered everything from strategies to address poverty and health disparities to hands-on practice using point-of-care ultrasound to hearing successful models of mental health collaboration between schools and clinics.


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Warm Welcome to New Board Members

Andrew Kiragu is MNAAP's new president. He will be succeeded July 1, 2018 by the chapter's newly elected president-elect, Lori DeFrance. Additionally, 6 new board members-at-large include: Kelly Bergmann, DO, MS, FAAP; Pamela Gigi Chawla, MD, FAAP, Janna Gewirtz O'Brien, MD; Lisa Guetzko, MD; Nancy Ott, MD, FAAP; and Rachel Tellez, MD, MS, FAAP.


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Latest KIDS COUNT Report: MN Leads the Nation in Child Well Being for Second Year in a Row

Good news: Minnesota ranks number one nationally in overall child well-being in the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

Bad news: the state's children of color, who account for 30 percent of the population, don't fare as well. Minnesota has some of the greatest disparities in the country when it comes to health, education and economic outcomes for children of color.


Download MN Fact Sheet


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Addressing Violence and Intolerance with Patient Families: A Message from MNAAP's President

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently announced an initiative to identify new approaches to protect children, adolescents and young adults from the epidemic of violence that they are exposed to in their everyday lives. This initiative will address gun violence as well as the underlying contributors of racism, religious intolerance, homophobia, xenophobia, terrorism or any other form of intolerance. 

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics welcomes this initiative and is equally committed to advocating on behalf of children and their families who are impacted by violence and intolerance, along with the pediatricians who care for them. As child health experts, we are in a unique position to partner with families and policy makers alike to improve the safety of children's homes and communities.


Read the full statement 



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Bridge to Benefits: A Tool for Clinics to Refer Low-Income Families to Local Resources

A free webinar for MNAAP members and their colleagues

Tuesday, September 13 | 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

About 15 percent of Minnesota's children are currently living in poverty and 20 percent are living in food-insecure households. Your clinic or hospital likely has a number of patient families who struggle to meet basic needs, putting them at higher risk for developing chronic disease and other health problems.

What can pediatric providers do to address social determinants of health? Learn how you or your staff can refer families to one tool that can quickly determine their eligibility for a number of public programs and resources.

Details/register now

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Vaccinate Against HPV This Fall

Preteens and teens are coming in for well visits to participate in fall sports and activities. These visits are a great opportunity to recommend HPV vaccine to those that need it.


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has put together an HPV Vaccine Champion Toolkit to help your practice tune up its approach. To view the toolkit, search for HPV Champion Toolkit on the AAP website.


Also, the Minnesota chapter (MNAAP) is offering a free opportunity for pediatricians to participate in a quality improvement project on adolescent vaccination, including HPV. Get more information at



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Communicate with Families Before Reporting Suspicious Injuries

MNAAP's child abuse/maltreatment work group is putting together a toolkit of resources to help pediatric providers improve child abuse screening, testing, referrals and reporting. It recently developed sample language providers can use when communicating with families about the need to make a report. Feel free to read and reference the language as needed.



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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 | Chair: Scott Schwantes, 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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