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Word from the President: Lori DeFrance


lori-defranceWith humility and gratitude, I have transitioned into the role of MNAAP president. Dr. Kiragu, our past president, has been an outstanding role model for leadership as he has guided us through the past two years with unwavering dedication and focus. Thank you, Dr Kiragu!

I will take this opportunity to introduce myself. I have practiced general pediatrics for 29 years in Duluth. How lucky am I to see the expansive and stunning vista of Lake Superior every day as I drive down the hill to The Duluth Clinic. My husband is a pharmacist at a Federal Prison Camp. I have a daughter who is starting her second year of medical school and a son who is an electrical engineering student. We became empty nesters two years ago. Much to her delight, our French Bulldog, Rosie, has become the center of attention in our household.

In June, I attended the AAP District VI meeting in Itasca, Illinois. This is an opportunity to interact with the chapter leaders of other states and Canadian provinces in our District, and to hear an update on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ priorities, challenges and strategies for action and ongoing advocacy. Dr Kyle Yasuda, president-elect of the AAP, opened the session discussing these key areas of concern: detention of immigrant children, physician health and wellness, diversity and inclusion initiatives, NAS and the opioid crisis, and e-cigarettes.

I gathered some interesting take away information from the many sessions – I will highlight toxic stress and implicit bias here.

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