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Senator Klobuchar's Message to Pediatricians

If you missed MNAAP's annual dinner on June 13, you can still hear Senator Klobuchar's message to pediatricians, which includes an update on national policies affecting children's health and a call to action.

"The work you're doing is so important," Klobuchar said, "from immunizations, to childhood obesity, to bullying prevention, to health care homes, to newborn screening, to marriage equality, to child poverty." 



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MNAAP Celebrates Implementation of Newborn Screening Law, Effective August 1

Earlier this month, Governor Mark Dayton thanked newborn screening advocates in person and reaffirmed his commitment to protect this life-saving program in a ceremonial bill signing. The newborn screening restoration law went into effect August 1.

Governor Dayton with newborn screening advocates

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Presentations from June 13 Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference

Slides and presentations from MNAAP's Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference are now available.



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Parent Aware: Helping Parents Find Child Care, Early Education

It's now easier for parents to find child care and early education programs that will help their young children get ready for kindergarten, thanks to a beefed up online search tool launched recently. The website now connects parents to an expanded database of more than 12,000 programs. Search results feature programs with Parent Aware ratings, helping families easily identify those that are using research-based best practices in school readiness. 



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Five Infants Saved Since Safe Newborns Law Strengthened

Two years ago, when the Safe Place for Newborns law was strengthened, Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said, "If we can save even one child through this, it will be well worth the effort." At least five children's lives have been saved since then. Enacted in 2000 and amended in 2012, the law allows a mother or someone acting with her permission to safely surrender an unharmed newborn to a designated safe place. 

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August issue of Minnesota Pediatrician Now Available

The August issue of Minnesota Pediatrician is now available. Feel free to download the PDF or click and comment on the articles from your computer or mobile device.


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Back to School, Back to Fall Sports

Pre-participation physical examination
There are over 7.6 million high school athletes in the United States, and at some point each one of them is going to need a pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE). However, recent data show that many pediatricians are not comfortable with the PPE process and not aware of AAP resources in performing these evaluations. Below are several important tools that may be helpful, including links to the currently recommended PPE forms on the AAP's website, as well as further information on the PPE monograph. 

2-minute screening musculoskeletal exam
AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness
PPE monograph

Sample note: return to learning after concussions
CDC fact booklet for physicians on concussions 

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MN School Districts to Receive Increased Funding for Mental Health Services

Recently the Minnesota Department of Human Services announced it was increasing funding for school-linked mental health services across the state. Under five year contracts with the department, 36 mental health organizations will serve 35,000 students in more than 800 schools across Minnesota by 2018. The $45.4 million investment follows a commitment last session from Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature to double the capacity in schools for mental health early intervention and treatment services.

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List of school districts served by grantees   

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