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Accomplishments

2013-2014

Restored Minnesota’s Newborn Screening Program.

MNAAP led a statewide campaign to preserve newborn screening data so that it would remain available to parents and physicians for future health-related testing. Special thanks to many parent and coalition partners as well as Chief Authors Representative Kim Norton (Rochester) and Senator John Marty (Roseville) for their support of the bill, which was signed into law May 6.

Engaged at least 75 pediatricians in work groups, learning collaboratives and grant projects aimed at improving children’s health.

Much of the work focused on increasing immunization rates, encouraging a medical home for children with complex needs, reducing pediatric obesity rates, and promoting early brain development.

Urged Updated School and Daycare Immunization Rules.

MNAAP’s president testified in support of new and updated vaccine requirements to keep children healthy, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Tdap, Varicella, and Meningitis, effective September 1.

Coordinated Successful Pediatricians’ Day at the Capitol.

Legislators spoke with and heard from than 100 pediatric residents and pediatricians on March 26. Many of them continued to advocate for MNAAP’s top legislative priorities (newborn screening and anti-bullying legislation) until they were signed into law.

Named Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year by AAP.

Award winners were selected via a competitive application and interview process describing how the chapter has effectively advocated on behalf of families and pediatricians over the past year. A large chapter is defined as having between 500-1,000 members.