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May 20 Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference

Don't miss one of the best pediatric conferences in Minnesota! Plan to join us on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Marriott in Bloomington to hear from and network with pediatric experts and leaders across the state. 


Once again, MNAAP is planning daytime continuing medical education sessions followed by its annual dinner that evening. Last year more than 100 people attended one or more sessions. Join us as your schedule allows for part or all of the day!


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Vote for New Board Members

MNAAP represents nearly 1,000 pediatricians in the state and is recognized as the leading voice of pediatric health in Minnesota. This year the president elect and 6 openings on the board are on the ballot and our nominating committee has recommended strong candidates. View the candiddates and vote by June 15.

Vote now!


View current board members

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Increase in MN Syphilis Cases in Women of Child-Bearing Age and Pregnant Women

The CDC urges pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant to avoid areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Researchers are studying a possible link between microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant. The CDC in collaboration with AAP has released algorithms caring for infants whose mothers may have been infected with Zika virus. More info from AAP.


Based on the dramatic increase of syphilis in Minnesota women, in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MDH now recommends that all pregnant women receive syphilis testing at three points in the pregnancy. Pediatric providers are urged to check mother's test results on all births. More info from MDH

Perinatal education material for patients



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Big Turnout for April 12: Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol

Each year more than 100 pediatric residents and community pediatricians gather at the state Capitol to advocate for pediatric related issues. Read more about our Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol in 2016.



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HPV and Adolescent Vaccine MOC 4 Available...Sign up by June 1

A free MOC 4 module on HPV and Adolescent vaccines is available for MNAAP members without charge. Join over 100 other midwest pediatricians from MN, IA, WI, KS, ND and SD in this virtual collaborative to improve HPV and adolescent vaccination rates. The date to sign up has been extended to June 1st. For details, email

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MDH Updates

The Child and Teen Checkup (C&TC) Periodicity schedule has been updated by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). Additionally, new and updated fact sheets for components of these visits are available on the MDH web page


The MDH Vision Screening website has been updated to reflect the revised information from the Minnesota Vision Screening Guidelines for Children Post Newborn Through 20 Years of Age. Updates include recommended: screener qualifications, vision screening equipment, new vision screening tests, and new pass and refer criteria for three year olds. Additionally, the website contains an updated printable PDF of Vision Screening Procedures For Infancy, Childhood and School Age Children manual.



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Communicate with Families Before Reporting Suspicious Injuries

MNAAP's child abuse/maltreatment work group is putting together a toolkit of resources to help pediatric providers improve child abuse screening, testing, referrals and reporting. It recently developed sample language providers can use when communicating with families about the need to make a report. Feel free to read and reference the language as needed.



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Addressing Member Priorities: Work Group Updates

MNAAP has 4 work groups that meet on a regular basis to identify concerns, address barriers and provide resources on members' top priority issues.


Mental Health | Chair: Read Sulik, MD
Meets by conference call on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12:15 p.m.


Poverty/Disparities | Chair: Scott Schwantes, MD
Meets by conferrence call on the 1st Monday of each month at 12:15 p.m. 


Immunizations | Chairs: Vijay Chawla, MD; Deborah DeMarais, MD; Dawn Martin, MD
Meets by conference call on the 1st Thursday of each month at 12:15 p.m.


Child abuse/maltreatment | Chairs: Mark Hudson, MD and Michael Partington, MD 
Meets by conference call on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:15 a.m.


To learn more information or how you can get involved, email 

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