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Advocacy for Children and Teens

  • Hosted Pediatricians’ Day at the Capitol, with more than 100 pediatricians and pediatric residents who met with legislators to discuss child health issues.
  • Advocated for Safe Routes to School and SHIP, now an established program with increased state funding.
  • Provided testimony and member education on the importance of preserving the newborn screening test results.
  • Sent letter and met with Commissioners of Health and Human Services to advocate for health care home payment reform and coordination of primary care and behavioral health homes.
  • Provided testimony/comments on Minnesota Health Reform , Essential Health Benefits and the MNsure exchange
  • Supported appointments of pediatrician members to the Governor’s Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying (Tom Scott, MD), the AAP Committee on Pediatric Research (Anupam Kharbanda, MD), the AAP Committee on Nutrition (Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, MD) the AAP Committee on Early Childhood (Chris Derauf, MD), the Minnesota Autism Task Force (Michael Reiff, MD), Minnesota Community Measures Pediatric Prevention Indicators work group (Robert Jacobson, MD, Anne Edwards, MD, Vijay Chawla, MD, Marilyn Peitso, MD)

Member and Community Education

  • Held immunization hesitancy training in Minneapolis and St. Cloud with more than 140 attendees and videotaped the training for future use.
  • Held pediatric quality improvement and measure development training and videotaped for future use and CME
  • Implemented a grant from AAP to partner with the pediatric residency programs at the University of Minnesota and Mayo to increase physical activity in low-income child care centers.
  • Distributed/promoted Somali parent education videos which have been downloaded by over 50,000 people internationally on early brain development, child safety, infant feeding and safe sleeping, newborn screening, use of car seats, television and children, use of the thermometer, immunization and autism with funds from AAP.
  • Assisted members with development of grant proposals to implement pediatric priorities in their communities, including medical homes for foster children (Amelia Burgess, MD), oral health for rural children/teens in Willmar (KerriAnn Mahon), adolescent immunization projects (Dawn Martin, MD, Julia Joseph-DiCaprio, MD), pediatric technology projects (Children’s Hospitals and Clinic of MN), Pediatric Telemedicine (Peter Dehnel, MD), child care medication administration training and Building Bridges for Early Childhood Education (Laurel Wills, MD)
  • Co-hosted Rural Health Conference with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota with participation from Allina Health and CentraCare for rural pediatricians hear about chapter activities and opportunities for rural practices
  • Re-designed MNAAP website at

Chapter Leadership

  • Increased chapter membership from 887 to 959 pediatricians and pediatric residents.
  • Developed and implemented three pediatric Maintenance of Certification Part 4 (MOC 4) quality improvement programs on obesity, immunizations and medical homes/health care homes with American Board of Pediatrics approval.
  • Formed a Board level Quality Committee to support MOC offerings
  • Engaged over 75 members in workgroups on obesity prevention, immunizations, health care home development, communications, membership, and public policy.

Partnerships to Promote Child/Teen Health

  • Partnered with the Minnesota Department of Health to promote National Infant Immunization Week through letters to the editor from pediatricians around the state.
  • Began meeting with Minnesota Council of Health Plans to address obesity referral/ reimbursement issues.
    Working with parents and/or community health workers on identified health care issues and access barriers for new immigrants in Minneapolis, Rochester, St. Cloud, Willmar and Fergus Falls.
  • With Wellshare International and CentraCare Foundation, using community health workers in three Minnesota clinics to better serve Somali and Liberian immigrant populations (Anne Edwards, MD, Emily Borman-Shoap, MD, Amelia Burgess, MD, Marilyn Peitso, MD)
  • Worked with Minnesota agencies (MDH, DHS, MN Community Measures, ICSI) on quality measures on key pediatric issues, including preventative care and asthma, obesity prevention and depression screening.
  • Partnered with Minnesota Department of Human Services, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Family Voices-Minnesota on a multi-year project to develop quality indicators for a Center of Excellence for Children and engaged 52 pediatricians at 29 clinics statewide to assist in the measure development.