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MNAAP Selected as AAP's Large Chapter of the Year!

After a careful review of the chapter's annual report and presentation by MNAAP President Dr. Andrew Kiragu, the District Vice Chairpersons at AAP's Annual Leadership Forum selected MNAAP to receive the 2018 Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year Award.

Minnesota is considered a large chapter with just over 1,000 members and 600 voting fellows. Other finalists included New York 2 and Kentucky.

This is the third time Minnesota has won the award in the last decade; it was also selected in 2009 under the leadership of Anne Edwards, MD, FAAP and in 2013 under the leadership of Robert Jacobson, MD, FAAP.

Wanted: CATCH Co-Facilitator for MN

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is currently accepting nominations for the Chapter CATCH Facilitator (CCF) position.  CCFs are appointed by their state Chapter to serve a renewable three-year term. Learn more and apply by August 18, 2018.  

This person will be working with our current CATCH Facilitator, Dr. Brian Lynch, in his final year of service. The selected co-facilitator will also be invited to attend a training meeting on November 2, 2018 in Orlando and be reimbursed for up to two days' expenses related to hotel (2 hotel nights), meals and ground transportation.

MOC4: Patient-Centered Newborn Screening Communication

This is a multi-state virtual learning collaborative to connect pediatricians interested in improving documentation of Newborn Screening (NBS) test results, communication with parents, and making appropriate referrals. The project can be completed in 4 months. There is no charge for participation in this HRSA-funded project.


by August 15th if you are interested in more information or signing up for this MOC4 opportunity. 

Free Nexplanon Training for Pediatric Providers at the U of M

The University of Minnesota Pediatric Residency Program is offering free 2-hour Nexplanon trainings on Fridays for residents, alumni, and faculty. Remaining dates for 2018 include: August 3, August 31, September 28, October 26 and November 30. Additional dates have been added for 2019. 


All clinicians who care for adolescents are welcome. There will also be a general educational session on all LARCs prior to the training for all who are interested. 



MNAAP Book Club to Explore Poverty and Disparities in Minnesota

Join us in reading “Late Homecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir” by Kao Kalia Yang (a Minnesota author).


The book presents the journey from refugee camp to America and the hardships and joys of a family's struggle to adapt in a strange culture while holding onto traditions that are passed down from her beloved grandmother. This was a popular pick in our recent survey and highly rated by readers. If you don’t want to purchase the book, try checking your local library to reserve and pick up a copy.


We hope you’ll join us in reading this book and discussing its relevance to pediatrics on 9/24 from 12:15-1:00 p.m.


If you'd like to be part of the book club, please email in order to receive email reminders.


C&TC Training and Support for Clinics

Clinical support for implementation of the updated Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) Periodicity Schedule is available! 


For in-person, customizable, on-site training: contact your county or tribal C&TC Coordinator or submit a C&TC Training Request form to MDH online. 


For clinical resources or web-based training: refer to the MDH C&TC Provider webpage





Minnesota Ranks 4th in Latest National Rankings for Child Wellbeing

Minnesota yet again ranks among the top states when assessing children's outcomes related to health, education, safety and economic stability, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book released recently by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 


However, disparities continue to adversely impact children of color and American Indian children, compared to their white peers. 


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Registration Open for 2018 Got Your Shots Immuinzation Conference

Consider attending the 2018 Got Your Shots? Immunization Conference on November 1-2, 2018. The conference will be held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Minneapolis, MN.


Details/register now