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Accomplishments

2015

Address Need for Child Abuse Reduction/Prevention

Address Need for Increased Pediatric Vaccination Rates

  • Implemented HPV training for pediatric clinicians and pediatric residents throughout the year at clinic locations, training programs, annual meeting and online training that reached over 230 pediatric providers
  • Implemented educational opportunities on MMR for pediatric clinicians, including online vaccine hesitancy training
  • Increased pediatric clinician education about immunizations in target communities
  • Successfully prevented expansion of vaccine administration by non-pediatric clinicians to infants and children

Reduce Preventable Injuries and Violence

  • Supported development of over 1000 copies of patient safety cards distributed in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali
  • Supported anti-tobacco policies and legislation, leading to three major cities/counties banning youth tobacco product access in Minnesota
  • Over 1,000 pediatric advocates in the state received information on rural ATV safety

Increase Access to Behavorial Health Services

  • Over 170 pediatric members responded to questions about mental health barriers and education needs in the 2015 MNAAP member survey
  • Six teams, with parent/guardian/pediatric/behavioral health members, from rural and metro areas are participating in a nine-month project to integrate behavioral health into pediatric primary care with a quality improvement model
  • Over 100 pediatric clinicians received training on pediatric behavioral health issues
  • Identified at least ten collaborative models of integrated behavioral health and pediatric primary care in the state
  • Minnesota Community Measures beginning to report some behavioral health indicators of quality for pediatric care in 2015 (adolescent depression screening).

Address Need to Reduce Child Poverty and Disparities

  • Member survey respondents were not at all or somewhat familiar with referrals to appropriate agencies for cash, housing, child care, transportation and food assistance. They were most familiar with resources for medical assistance. Respondents said they would like to see a centralized resource for referrals.
  • Letter to the editor by Scott Schwantes, co-chair of the work group and longtime member, was published in April 2015 in the Pioneer Press http://www.twincities.com/letters/ci_28029654/children-poverty
  • Over 100 people registered to attend the morning education session on poverty/disparities
  • Risk stratification tool is under consideration by DHS and MNAAP has offered to provide ongoing input
  • $78,000 grant awarded to fund pilot projects at 2 clinics to screen for food/nutrition insecurity and refer people to SNAP-Ed as necessary
  • Collaborating with Bridge to Benefits on the possibility of a webinar for pediatric providers about their tool
  • Connected with reporter at Star Tribune about the possibility of writing an article on foster care children in the near future

Coordinated Successful Pediatricians’ Day at the Capitol

On March 18, 2015, more than 100 residents, pediatricians and med students gathered at the Capitol to discuss and advocate for issues that have a direct impact on the health of children across Minnesota. This year's legislative priorities included increasing immunization rates and improving access to care, particularly mental health care. The group also discussed legislation to increase funding for Minnesota's poison control center, strenthen the state's child protection system, and how to advcoate for policies and programs that curb Minnesota's high poverty rates among children.