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Members, Earn Free CME for Watching Videos from MNAAP's Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference!

Build your knowledge of resources to increase immunization rates in teens and help adolescents address depression and anxiety.


MNAAP members can earn up to 3.0 free CME units for watching videos on the topics below and satisfactorily completing the corresponding post assessments and evaluations. 

Increasing Low Immunization Rates Among Adolescents


EMERALD: A Pilot Collaborative Program in Primary Care for Teens with Depression


Moving from ANXIETY to Optimal WELLNESS: Clinical Pearls for the Pediatric Provider


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AAP Seeking Nominees for National Committee Openings

Interested in leadership opportunities in a particular area of pediatrics? Consider representing our region as a member or chairperson of a national committee. 


Committees are focused on a variety of child health topics. Terms begin July 1, 2016.


Please notify to request a chapter letter of support at least 3 days prior to nomination deadlines. For more information, visit the AAP National Committee Appointments page.

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Increase in MN Syphilis Cases in Women of Child-Bearing Age and Pregnant Women

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is seeing a concerning increase of infectious and latent syphilis cases among women of child-bearing age in all racial and ethnic groups, including pregnant women. 


Watch for further updates in January from the Minnesota Department of Health



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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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Screening for Food and Nutrition Insecurity: MNAAP Has Tools to Help

We all know that good nutrition influences a child's health, yet one in five children in the United States live in food-insecure homes, defined by the USDA as one in which "access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money or other resources."


The AAP recently recommended that pediatricians screen for food insecurity at every well visit by asking 2 simple questions in order to facilitate referrals to community resources.


We are looking for 4 metro area clinics that are interested in piloting a food and nutrition insecurity screening tool in 2016. Approximately $12,000 is available to participating pediatricians and/or clinics to offset the costs of implementation.


If you are interested in participating or learning more about the project, click here or contact by Friday, January 15. 


More info

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol
1-4 p.m.
Capitol Grounds


Friday, May 20, 2016
Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference
Morning and afternoon session preceding the annual dinner 
Marriott Hotel, Bloomington


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CATCH Grant Funding

Grants of up to $10,000 for pediatricians and fellowship trainees and $2,000 for pediatric residents are available from the Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program for innovative initiatives that will ensure all children, especially underserved children, have medical homes, timely immunizations, and access to health services not otherwise available in their communities.

Several Minnesota pediatricians have received funding in recent years for projects ranging from implementing ACES screening with Head Start to improving access to oral health care. Check out past projects here.

Applications are due by Jan. 29, 2016, for Planning, Implementation, and Resident Grants. Feel free to contact if you need help with grant writing or conceptualization. You can also contact our chapter's CATCH Grant Facilitator Dr. Brian Lynch.

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