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Tuesday, March 21: Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol


Fellowship Hall
105 University Avenue 
Saint Paul, MN 55103 

Each year more than 100 residents, pediatricians and med students gather at the Capitol to discussand advocate for issues that havea direct impact on the health of children across Minnesota. Children can’t vote, and there are no pediatricians in our state legislature, which is why we do this every year. Pediatricians, residents, pediatric nurse practitioners and other pediatric advocates are welcome.

1:00-2:15 p.m.

Welcome and overview of key issues; group discussion with legislative leaders


Group photo

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Individual meetings with legislators (MNAAP will coordinate 1-2 brief meetings on your behalf; meetings typically last 5-10 minutes) 


Appetizers and debrief at Axel's Bonfire Grill


Parking | Agenda | 2017 Policy Priority | Disparities Among MN Children

Meeting Times with Legislators: Sorted by Attendee Last Name | Sorted by District | Sorted by Time

Map of Capitol Complex

Helpful Information

Find out who represents you

Tips for Talking with Legislators | Webinar: A Pediatricians' Day Primer | Tips on meeting with legislators from House Speaker Kurt Daudt

Social Media

Please use #PedsDay2017 in your posts and consider including a photo with your legislator, if possible. Be sure to thank him or her for their willingness to discuss or review your concerns.

Sample social media messages | MN Legislator Twitter handles

Federal Advocacy

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would end the federal government's commitment to state Medicaid programs as we know it. MNAAP and other major groups oppose the per capita caps and other restrictions that would lead to drastic reductions in children covered by Medicaid, significant cuts to benefits and even tighter access to physicians.

Please take a moment to contact your representatives in Congress and urge them to ensure every child has access to health insurance, care and services. The process takes less than 5 minutes, but collectively, our impact could last years. 

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Supporting MNAAP Statements/Letters

Opposition to American Health Care Act - A letter from MNAAP President Andrew Kiragu, MD to Minnesota's Congressional Delegation

MNAAP Policy Statement on Gun Violence

Opposition to Immigration Policy - A letter from MNAAP President Andrew Kiragu, MD to President Trump

Politics Primers

How a bill becomes law at the state level (AAP) | What are some concrete ways I can work advocacy into my professional setting? (AAP)

Advocacy Guide: The "What and Whys" of Advocacy | Pediatricians are Natural Advocates
Pediatric Advocacy: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Charles Oberg, MD, Pediatrics 2003) |

Funding Opportunities for Residents

  • SOMSRFT Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award 
    Resident-led projects that seek to advocate on behalf of children are eligible to apply for this award. Application available in May of 2016.
  • CATCH Resident Grant
    Grants of up to $2,000 are awarded twice each year on a competitive basis for pediatric residents to address the needs of children in their communities.
  • Leonard P. Rome Visiting Professorship
    Up to $4,500 available to residency programs to coordinate a 2-3 day program focused on advocacy, community partnerships and faculty development.