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Register Now: May 1, 2015 for Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference!

Plan to join us on Friday, May 1, 2015 for MNAAP's Hot Topics in Pediatrics conference and annual meeting in the Twin Cities. Once again, MNAAP is planning daytime continuing medical education sessions followed by its annual dinner that evening.

 

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MNAAP Seeking Nominations for 2015-2018 Board of Directors

MNAAP represents nearly 1,000 pediatricians in the state and is recognized as the leading voice of pediatric health in Minnesota. Soon the chapter will have 6 openings on its board for member pediatricians and specialists interested in supporting its mission of protecting and improving the health of all Minnesota children and teens. At least two vacancies will be for a pediatrician/pediatric specialist in greater Minnesota. Terms begin July 1, 2015 and run through June 30, 2018.

 

As a member, you are invited to nominate yourself or someone else to serve on MNAAP's board. Deadline for nominations is Saturday, May 2, 2015. Final election will take place in late May with a link to online ballots included in the May/June newsletter and all-member email.

 

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Email cairns@mnaap.org to nominate yourself (please include current CV) or a colleague


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15th Annual Committee on Rural Health Education Meeting May 28

Hosted by MNAAP and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the 15th Annual Committee on Rural Health Education event will provide knowledge on the treatment and management of child abuse issues, pediatric sleep medicine and pediatric hematology/oncology. The round table discussions will address practical issues faced by pediatricians and their patients and families. 



This event is designed for rural pediatricians and family practice clinicians who would like to acquire increased knowledge about caring for pediatric patients with these varied issues. The discussions are driven by the attending physicians and intended to be applicable for the primary care clinician.  


 
While there is no fee, registration and commitment to meal choices are required. Registration deadline is May 18th. Please indicate any special needs or dietary concerns at time of registration.


 
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Great Turnout for Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol!

More than 100 residents, pediatricians and med students gathered at the Capitol to discuss and advocate for issues that have a direct impact on the health of children across Minnesota. This year's legislative priorities included increasing immunization rates and improving access to care, particularly mental health care. The group also discussed legislation to increase funding for Minnesota's poison control center, strenthen the state's child protection system, and how to advcoate for policies and programs that curb Minnesota's high poverty rates among children.

 

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New Parents Targeted by Data Privacy Group May Have Questions About Newborn Screening

Thousands of new parents may have received a confusing letter in the mail in recent months from a small but vocal group seeking to limit the scope and resources of Minnesota's newborn screening program.

 

The 3-page letter, sent by Citizen's Council for Health Freedom, includes a number of false claims about newborn screening and suggests that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) may begin using "child DNA" for illegal purposes.

 

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Advocacy in Action: MNAAP Members Write Letters to the Editor

In recent weeks, several letters to the editor have been published in Minnesota papers by MNAAP members.

State Measure to Ensure Parents Know About Vaccines Needs Support (3/12/15 Rochester Post Bulletin)

Prior Authorization Reform: Getting the right medicine at the right time (3/11/15 Star Tribune)



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Check out the latest legislative updates

Want to know the latest discussions at the Capitol affecting pediatricians and their patients? MNAAP Lobbyist Eric Dick provides bi-weekly email updates to members. Check out the shortened, public version is posted on our website.

 

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Got a Passion? Join a Work Group!

Mental health 
Increase accessibility of mental health services.


Child safety and maltreatment

Prevent accidental or intentional deaths and injuries.


Health disparities and poverty 

Address issues linked to poor health outcomes for low-income or at-risk children and their families.


Immunizations 

Promote vaccine safety and efficacy.

Work groups on these issues are forming over the next several weeks, and we encourage you to get involved. Work groups meet by conference call every 1-2 months and you can participate as your schedule allows. If you are interested or would like more information, contact cairns@mnaap.org

 

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