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Medical Neglect: A One-Pager for Pediatricians

Neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment. Medical neglect occurs when a caregiver fails to provide necessary medical care by refusing or failing to seek, obtain or follow through with necessary medical care, posing serious risk to a child. 


In 2016, there were 379 cases of medical neglect in Minnesota. Children ages 0-3 and those with disabilities are at higher risk.  


MNAAP's Child Abuse Work Group recently put together a one-pager on how and when to report medical neglect. Feel free to download and share it with your colleagues.

Medical neglect one-pager

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. 


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


Watch the video

Another Strong Turnout for Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol

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). 

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.

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. 

March 8 Lunchtime Webinar: Toxic Stress and Early Mental Health

Recently, Maria Kroupina, PhD and Cindy Howard, MD, MPH, FAAP, from the University of Minnesota, explained which early experiences can be defined as being "toxic stress" for children in the first years of life as well as how to identify and support pediatric patients who have experienced toxic stress.

Did you miss it? Watch the archived version

MNAAP Testifies in Support of Criminal Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

On March 1, MNAAP President Andrew Kiragu, MD testified in support of a bill aimed at closing the "private seller" loophole (SF1261/HF1669).

Although federal law requires licensed firearms dealers to perform background checks on prospective purchasers in all gun sales, it does not require unlicensed private sellers to do so. Approximately 40 percent of guns in America are purchased from private sellers.

Dr. Kiragu called on legislature to take commonsense steps to keep children and their families safe from gun violence. In Minnesota, the federal background check system blocked 28,499 prohibited purchasers from buying guns between 1998 and 2014 -- nearly 70 percent of those denied were convicted felons. Nineteen other states require a background check for all firearm sales.

MNAAP will continue to monitor and advocate for legislation seeking to reduce gun violence. Read MNAAP's full statement









March 24: March for Our Lives

Several Minnesota pediatricians have expressed interest in attending the March 24 MN March for Our Lives rally, organized and sponsored by Moms Demand Action.  

If you are interested in joining other pediatricians, contact in order to receive information about when and where to meet up. 





April 3 Senior and Retired Pediatricians Lunch Gathering

Join Dr. Dan Broughton and other esteemed senior and retired pediatricians for an informal lunch gathering to meet and catch up on life changes, hear about advocacy efforts in 2018, and celebrate Spring!

The next quarterly gathering will be held on Tuesday, April 3 at 1:00 at the Edina Perkins. Each attendee will buy their own lunch and MNAAP will secure meeting space and provide beverages.

If you are interested in attending, contact MNAAP at 651-402-2056 or




MNAAP Seeking Board Nominations

MNAAP represents over 1,000 pediatricians in Minnesota and is a trusted voice on children's health issues at the Capitol. 

Currently, the chapter has at least 3 openings for pediatricians and pediatrician specialists who want to help advance the chapter's mission of improving the health of all Minnesota children. Those from rural and underserved populations are especially encouraged to apply.

Serving on the MNAAP Board is a great way to network with other pediatric leaders in Minnesota and advocate for issues that have a direct impact on infants, children and adolescents. 

As a member, you are invited to nominate yourself or someone else to serve on the board. Terms begin July 1, 2018 and end June 30, 2021. 

Email to nominate yourself or a colleague by Monday, April 2. Please include a CV.

See current board members