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Marilyn Peitso, MD, FAAP selected as the 2016 MNAAP Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Marilyn Peitso, MDDr. Marilyn Peitso is a past-president of the MNAAP and has served on the Minnesota Medical Association Board of Trustees and on the MMA Foundation. She recently was appointed by the Governor to the Minnesota Task Force on Health Care Financing. She has also served on the CentraCare Foundation.

Since 2001, she worked on an Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) project to bring patient- and family-centered care principles to the Pediatrics Clinic. She worked closely with the Minnesota legislature, the Minnesota Department of Health, and ¬†parents’ advocacy group- Family to develop Health Care Homes in pediatric practices across the state. This work culminated in 2008 with Health Care Home legislation being passed in Minnesota. Peitso has seen this Minnesota model influence the national health care home movement. In 2011, she received the “Spirit of Women Health Care Hero” award for her work with health care home.

Dr. Peitso was recently recognized for her efforts on behalf of mothers and children in Minnesota for the 2015 Betty Hubbard Maternal and Child Health Leadership award presented by the MN Department of Health.

She completed her undergraduate work at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa and MD degree at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, MN and completed a Pediatric residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics at Iowa City, Iowa

Dr. Peitso has been in private practice of pediatrics for over 25 years, and for the last decade has been involved in quality improvement efforts for primary care pediatrics, bringing principles of patient and family centered care to my pediatric clinic, pioneering the development of Medical Homes for children with special health care needs at CentraCare clinic and throughout the state through the Minnesota and National Pediatric Medical Learning Collaboratives.  She is certified by Institute for HealthCare Improvement (IHI) as an Improvement Advisor and has worked for continuous quality improvement for primary care clinics and in collaboration with state agencies, payers, and community advocacy groups in her own clinic and around the state. 

The Marilyn some of you may not know, was an avid runner (completing the Twin Cities Marathon), a yoga enthusiast, art enthusiast (her husband is a potter), and proud parent of three young adults.

We recognize her for her years of distinguished service for children , teens and families in Minnesota and nationally and present her with the 2016 Distinguished Service Award.

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