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American Academy of Pediatrics Selects Minnesota as Outstanding Chapter of the Year


April 12, 2018 (St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) is pleased to announce that it has been selected as Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The announcement was made before a large national forum of pediatric leaders at the AAP’s Annual Leadership Forum, held March 14-17, 2018 in Chicago, IL.

The award is based on chapter accomplishments during the previous year in the following areas: child health initiatives, chapter engagement activities, finances, membership retention and recruitment, and chapter management and governance.

MNAAP is recognized for taking a visible leadership role at the state level, particularly with regard to advocating for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), reaching out to the Somali community to provide evidence-based immunization facts during the measles outbreak, and working with the state health department on important changes to Minnesota’s Child and Teen Checkup (C&TC) program. 

“Our members are actively engaged in speaking up for children and adolescents,” said MNAAP President Andrew Kiragu, MD, FAAP. “This award reflects the efforts of many over the past year who contacted their legislators about a priority issue, educated their peers about a clinic or hospital challenge, or worked within their own communities to bring about local change.”

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.

With more than 1,000 members, the MNAAP is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all children and adolescents in Minnesota. For more information, visit www.mnaap.org

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Melissa DeBilzan
Director of Communications
(651) 338-1823
debilzan@mnaap.org

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