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MNAAP Selected as AAP's Large Chapter of the Year!

After a careful review of the chapter's annual report and presentation by MNAAP President Dr. Andrew Kiragu, the District Vice Chairpersons at AAP's Annual Leadership Forum last week selected MNAAP to receive the 2018 Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year Award.

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

MNAAP's major achievements in 2017 included advocacy and education, particularly with regard to the immigration ban, Medicaid, CHIP, immunizations, mental health, poverty and the state's Child and Teen Checkup (C&TC) program.

Minnesota is considered a large chapter with just over 1,000 members and 600 voting fellows. Other finalists included New York 2 and Kentucky.

The chapter will receive a plaque and honorarium in the amount of $2,000.

AAP has been awarding chapters for their performance since 1964. Of its 66 chapters, 17 are defined as large. Minnesota is among those 17.

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.

Congratulations, MNAAP members!

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. 

May 11 Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference

If you care for children and adolescents in Minnesota, you're invited to a can't-miss conference hosted MNAAP on Friday, May 11 at the Wilder Center in Saint Paul. Learn from and network with pediatric experts and advocates from hospitals, clinics and health systems across the state.

Topics include: pediatric disparities, infectious disease, immunizations, office emergencies, clinic/hospital preparedness, positive parenting, injury prevention, sleep medicine, advocacy and more!


Attend for part or all of the day as your schedule allows:


8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
CME conference


5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Cocktail reception and medical student/resident abstract competition


Re-stock your pediatric toolbox with the latest research, information and resources. Additionally, meet the chapter's 2018 Distinguished Service and Child Advocacy Award recipients. Hope to see you there!


This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢

MNAAP Book Club to Explore Poverty and Disparities in Minnesota

We will be partnering with the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) on a book club exploring health equity/poverty. The first book is titled A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, by Sun Yung Shin.

In this provocative book, 16 of Minnesota's best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota. They give readers a splendid gift: the gift of touching another human being's inner reality, behind masks and veils and politeness. They bring us generously into experiences that we must understand if we are to come together in real relationships.

We'll begin reading May 1 and discuss the book as a large group over conference call on Monday, June 25 at 12:15 p.m. If you'd like to be part of the book club, please email in order to receive email reminders.


April 27 Webinar: Pediatric Addiction Q&A and Pediatric Opioid Issues

Save the date for a pediatric mental health training webinar on Friday, April 27 at 12:15 p.m. titled "Pediatric Addiction Questions/Answers and Pediatric Opioid Issues" with Lucien Gonzalez, MD, MS, FAAP from the University of MN.

Our pediatrician colleagues from North and South Dakota will be joining us for this webinar.

More info coming soon!





May 15 LGBTQ Health Forum

MNAAP member Angela Goepferd, MD, FAAP, will be a speaker on the topic of "working with transgender youth and their families," hosted by the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) and sponsored in part by MNAAP. 

The event will take place Tuesday, May 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the Campus Club at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, Dr. Goepferd will also serve a facilitator on the table topic "working with LGBTQ youth and their families."


Additionally, MMA will host a Facebook Live event on this topic on Wednesday, May 9 from 12-1 p.m.




MNAAP Treasurer Position

Board elections are fast approaching and we are seeking applications for the Secretary/Treasurer position. The position is for a 3-year term and comes with support from chapter staff. This position also serves on the Executive Committee. 

Contact by April 22nd if you are interested in learning more about this role.