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AAP Urges Parents to Vaccinate Children to Protect Against Measles

The measles outbreak is a stark reminder of our nation's responsibility to protect our most vulnerable citizens. Parents are urged to protect their children from this serious and highly contagious disease.

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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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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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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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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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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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Jan 2015 Lunchtime Webinar: Pediatric Obesity Services: What's Covered in Minnesota?

Ever questioned what's covered and not covered for pediatric obesity? Hear from representatives from Minnesota's public and private health plans and get your questions answered. Co-hosted by MNAAP and the Minnesota Partnership on Pediatric Obesity Care and Coverage (MPPOCC). 

Listen/watch the archived webinar

 

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