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Wednesday, March 7, 2018:
Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol 2018 Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol

Minnesota State Capitol
L'etoile Du Nord Vault Room

Nearly 150 pediatricians and trainees gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday to advocate for stronger immunization laws, funding for mental health training and access, and other key issues.

The group was greeted with a warm welcome by Senator Matt Klein, MD (DFL-West Saint Paul/Mendota Heights) and Representative Ilhan Omar (DFL-Minneapolis). 

"I'm glad to have pediatricians advocating at the Capitol," Senator Klein said. "It's very effective."

Representative Omar thanked Minnesota's pediatric community for its response to the measles epidemic and noted that more resources are needed for outreach and prevention. "It was fascinating to see how many of you were saddled up for that fight, ready to give out proper information for all of us to be equipped with the tools to help all of our communities..." she said.

After reviewing and discussing the chapter's priority issues, attendees branched out to meet with their individual legislators. All together, they met with 45 representatives and 32 senators to discuss child health issues.

At the end of the afternoon, many gathered to debrief at a nearby establishment and were joined Senator Gregory Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley), co-author of a bill that would provide funding for the University of Minnesota to develop a clinical mental health training program for pediatric residents.

Check out attendee photos and remarks from #PedsDay2018 and continue to stay connected by reading the chapter's bi-weekly legislative updates throughout the session.