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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 selected MNAAP to receive the 2018 Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year Award.

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

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.

CATCH Funding for Pediatrician-Led Projects to Improve Children's Health

Up to $10,000 is available to pediatricians and $2,000 available to pediatric residents to plan community-based child health initiatives that address a range of topics. Since 2011, 13 physicians and residents from Minnesota have received CATCH grant funding for projects involving foster care, telemedicine, obesity, addiction, teenage pregnancy, oral health, mental health, and other topics.

Application deadline is July 31, 2018.
On Monday, June 18, there is a webinar about how to strengthen CATCH applications. 

If you have an idea, are interested in applying or have questions about the application process, feel free to contact MNAAP CATCH Facilitator Brian Lynch at

More info | View past funded projects

May/June Issue of Minnesota Pediatrician Online

Be sure to check out the latest issue of Minnesota Pediatrician, written by and for Minnesota pediatricians.

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Faith and Medicine - Pediatricians Needed to Answer Somali Parent Questions on Morning of June 30

We have been asked by Imams to visit 4 more mosques on Saturday, June 30th between 9:30-11:30 am or 11 am-1 pm. The focus of  parent questions at these sessions is on autism. 

A Somali interpreter will be available. Please email if you are interested and available to attend one of these sessions. We completed 15 of these sessions during Ramadan with very good feedback from parents, Imams, and participating pediatricians. 

These sessions will be with parents while their children are attending religious school. The Mosques are in St. Anthony, Lake St. in Minneapolis and in Bloomington. 

MNAAP Book Club to Explore Poverty and Disparities in Minnesota

We are reading 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 began reading May 1 and will 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.


2018 Board Elections: Cast Your Ballot Online

Board elections are held each Spring for open positions on boards of the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) and the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation (MAPF). 


This year, there are 5 openings on the board, including president-elect and treasurer. Our nominating committee has recommended 5 strong candidates. Please submit your vote online and offer any comments or suggestions for current and new board members. Ballots are due Friday, July 20.


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June Matching Challenge

Did you know MNAAP has a foundation? Current priorities and programs include helping Minnesota's pediatric providers increase immunization rates, address poverty and disparities in the clinic, integrate mental health services, and other key initiatives. 

This year, a retired MNAAP member has generously offered to match every donation up to a total of $1,000 by June 27, 2018. 

All donations received through June will go toward facilitating 4-6 lunch and learn meetings through the end of 2018 at pediatric clinics and hospitals across the state. The purpose of the meetings will be to discuss local pediatric challenges and identify relevant partnerships and resources to enhance patient care or referrals.   

Please consider a donation to the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation today. The process takes less than one minute.

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Speaking Out Against Separating Families at the Border

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) joined together with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and with other physician groups across the country in opposition to the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act, which was released by the U.S. House of Representatives leadership last week.

MNAAP President Dr. Andrew Kiragu wrote a statement and drafted a letter to the editor expressing the chapter's view. Additionally, targeted emails were sent to members in key legislative districts, urging them to contact U.S. Representatives Tom Emmer, Erik Paulsen and Jason Lewis. A big thank you to dozens of members who took steps to contact their Congressmen. 


AAP continues to monitor the border situation, despite President Trump's executive order. It's not immediately clear what will happen to more than 2,000 children who have been separated from their parents, or how long current and future immigrant children with be detained along with their families. 


AAP President Dr. Colleen Kraft was a leading voice on this issue with numerous interviews adding to public pressure.