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Asthma Response Training Now Required for All MN High School Coaches

The Minnesota State High School League has joined the Minnesota Department of Health's asthma program to launch an online training module that teaches coaches about asthma symptoms and how to respond if a student athlete has an asthma attack.

To ensure athlete safety, the high school league is requiring that all 22,000 Minnesota high school coaches who work with students in grades 10-12 complete the online module. Current coaches must complete it prior to their 2017-2018 sports season. 

 

Every year approximately 300,000 Minnesota children participate in league-sponsored athletic programs. Among those who participate, 1 in 6 young athletes have been diagnosed with asthma at some point in their life. 

 

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Short Video: Making the Most of MNAAP Membership

Have you ever wondered what MNAAP can do you for you, individually? Ever doubted whether being involved in a professional group really makes a difference? Watch a short video about the impact of MNAAP membership -- and find out what MDH Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, MD, MSPH appreciates most about the state's pediatricians. 

 

Feel free to share on social media and with fellow pediatricians! 

 

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Save the Dates: March 7 and May 11

Clear your schedule and plan to join other Minnesota pediatricians for two statewide pediatric advocacy and education events in 2018. 

 

Wednesday, March 7 is Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol. We'll hear directly from MNAAP's lobbyist about what to expect in the 2018 session. We'll also hear from key legislators about important child health issues under consideration and how pediatricians can serve as a valuable resource. Finally, we'll arrange for a 5-10 minute meeting with your own legislators so you can introduce yourself, offer to be a resource, and share key messages about the chapter's child health priorities.

 

Friday, May 11 is the chapter's Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference. Join us as we celebrate 85 years of supporting Minnesota pediatricians and advocating on behalf of children, adolescents and teens. Pediatric experts from across the state will speak on a variety of topics. Mingle with trainees and pediatric providers from multiple health systems. Expand your knowledge and network base. 

 

More details coming soon.  In the meantime, mark your calendars!


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Two New Disorders Added to MN Newborn Screening Panel

The Minnesota Newborn Screening Program began screening for mucopolysaccharidosis type 1 (MPS-I) and Pompe disease on August 1.

 

MPS-I is a lysosomal disorder caused by a deficiency in the enzyme, alpha-L-iduronidase (IDUA). As a result of this deficiency, glycosaminoglycans (i.e., dermatan sulfate and heparan sulfate) accumulate, leading to the signs and symptoms of MPS I.

 

Pompe disease is a lysosomal disorder caused by a deficiency in the enzyme acid alpha-glucosidase (GAA). As a result of this deficiency, glycogen accumulates- primarily in cardiac and skeletal muscle.

 

Based on preliminary data from two states already screening for this disorder, Missouri and New York, experts expect about six Minnesota children to benefit from this screening each year. 

 

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Pediatric Online Waiver Training

Opioid use disorder is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among U.S. youth. Effective treatments-both medications and substance use disorder counseling-are available but underused, and access to developmentally appropriate treatment is severely restricted for adolescents and young adults. Pediatricians can play an important role in providing access to needed treatment by providing medication-assisted treatment.

 

Pediatricians must complete 8 hours of training and apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, to treat opioid use disorders in general medical settings.

 

The training can be completed online or in person.

 

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September 13: Free "Hitting Hurts: No Hit Zone" Conference at Masonic Children's Hospital

In 2016, Masonic Children's Hospital became the first "No Hit Zone" in the state of Minnesota. Similar to a "smoke-free" policy, the hospital does not tolerate physical discipline or violence anywhere on hospital grounds. Staff are trained to encourage and equip parents to resolve conflict and manage strong emotions without resorting to violence. 

 

All pediatric providers are welcome to attend the conference at no charge to learn more about the hospital's "No Hit Zone," the impact of corporal punishment on children, current research, and the cultural context of corporal punishment.

 

If you can't attend in person, click here to participate in the live stream using Google Chrome as your browser.

 

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Archived Webinar: Working Effectively with Counties and the CPS System

When you need to file a maltreatment report, it can be frustrating dealing with counties and tribal agencies, especially when there are inconsistencies in the way reports are accepted and screened. On Thursday, August 17, Dr. Mark Hudson, child abuse expert at Children's of Minnesota, provided an overview of how the system works, why many reports are screened out, and physicians' responsibilities throughout the reporting, investigation and legal process.

 

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Coming Up...

Member Conference Calls

 

To participate in a conference call, dial 303-248-0285 and enter access code 1022058.

 

 

Thursday, September 7, 7:15-8:00 a.m.
Child Abuse Work Group Conference Call

 

Thursday, September 7, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Immunization Work Group Conference Call

 

Thursday, September 14, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Mental Health Work Group Conference Call

 

Tuesday, September 19, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Poverty/Disparities Work Group Conference Call


Member Webinars

 

Thursday, August 17, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Working Effectively with Counties and the CPS System
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Tuesday, October 17, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Defying Stigmas and Statistics: Practical Strategies to Optimize Care for LGBTQ Youth

 

Save the Dates!

 

Wednesday, March 7, 1-4 p.m.
Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol 

 

Friday, May 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference and Annual Meeting

 

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