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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.

CATCH Funding for Pediatrician-Led Projects to Improve Children's Health

Up to $10,000 is available to pediatricians and $2,000 available to pediatric residents to plan community-based child health initiatives that address a range of topics. Since 2011, 13 physicians and residents from Minnesota have received CATCH grant funding for projects involving foster care, telemedicine, obesity, addiction, teenage pregnancy, oral health, mental health, and other topics.

Application deadline is July 31, 2018.
On Monday, June 18, there is a webinar about how to strengthen CATCH applications. 

If you have an idea, are interested in applying or have questions about the application process, feel free to contact MNAAP CATCH Facilitator Brian Lynch at

More info | View past funded projects

May/June Issue of Minnesota Pediatrician Online

Be sure to check out the latest issue of Minnesota Pediatrician, written by and for Minnesota pediatricians.

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Faith and Medicine - Pediatricians Needed to Answer Somali Parent Questions on Morning of June 30

We have been asked by Imams to visit 4 more mosques on Saturday, June 30th between 9:30-11:30 am or 11 am-1 pm. The focus of  parent questions at these sessions is on autism. 

A Somali interpreter will be available. Please email if you are interested and available to attend one of these sessions. We completed 15 of these sessions during Ramadan with very good feedback from parents, Imams, and participating pediatricians. 

These sessions will be with parents while their children are attending religious school. The Mosques are in St. Anthony, Lake St. in Minneapolis and in Bloomington. 

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.


Resources for Patients in Crisis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on June 7 released figures on suicide rates across the U.S. According to the report, the suicide rate in Minnesota increased 40.6 percent over 18 years.

Minnesota has 24/7 crisis services available across the state. A complete list of resources can be found at at Consider bookmarking this page, which contains:

A list of children's mental health crisis response phone numbers by county

Information via text. Text MN to 741741 to be connected to suicide prevention and mental health crisis services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Information via phone. In the metro area, call **CRISIS (274274) from a cell phone. Soon this service will be available statewide. Another option is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255).

Consider displaying this poster or other free posters and materials from the state to post inside your clinic/hospital.

Additional resources can be found at NAMI Minnesota





June Matching Challenge

Did you know MNAAP has a foundation? Current priorities and programs include helping Minnesota's pediatric providers increase immunization rates, address poverty and disparities in the clinic, integrate mental health services, and other key initiatives. 

This year, a retired MNAAP member has generously offered to match every donation up to a total of $1,000 by June 27, 2018. 

All donations received through June will go toward facilitating 4-6 lunch and learn meetings through the end of 2018 at pediatric clinics and hospitals across the state. The purpose of the meetings will be to discuss local pediatric challenges and identify relevant partnerships and resources to enhance patient care or referrals.   

Please consider a donation to the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation today. The process takes less than one minute.

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Free Summer Meals for Kids Across MN

Free nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout Minnesota while school is out of session. Use the USDA's mapping tool below to find a site near you. New sites will be added as the school year ends and throughout the summer. Please check back often for updated information.

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