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Tuesday, March 21: Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol

Minnesota Capitol Grounds

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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 Rathskeller Cafe inside the Capitol (note new location)

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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.