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Senator Klobuchar's Message to Pediatricians

If you missed MNAAP's annual dinner on June 13, you can still hear Senator Klobuchar's message to pediatricians, which includes an update on national policies affecting children's health and a call to action.

"The work you're doing is so important," Klobuchar said, "from immunizations, to childhood obesity, to bullying prevention, to health care homes, to newborn screening, to marriage equality, to child poverty." 



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MNAAP Celebrates Implementation of Newborn Screening Law, Effective August 1

Earlier this month, Governor Mark Dayton thanked newborn screening advocates in person and reaffirmed his commitment to protect this life-saving program in a ceremonial bill signing. The newborn screening restoration law went into effect August 1.

Governor Dayton with newborn screening advocates

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Presentations from June 13 Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference

Slides and presentations from MNAAP's Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference are now available.



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Funding Available to Improve Care through Telemedicine or Pediatric Obesity Services

MNAAP has received funding to help Minnesota clinics expand or improve the use of telemedicine in communicating with patients. 

More info about the telemedicine project

Twin Cities Medical Society August 2014 telemedicine presentation: 
audio | slides | video

More info about the pediatric obesity learning collaborative


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Welcome New Board Members!

A warm welcome to MNAAP's new board members, including Deborah DeMarais, MD, MS, FAAP, vice president of Fairview Health Services; Joseph Neglia, MD, MPH, FAAP, head of the department of pediatrics at the U of M; Deborah Lee Smith-Wright, MD, chief of pediatrics at Shriners Hospitals for Children in the Twin Cities; Trish Scherrer, MD; pediatric hospitalist with CentraCare; and Michael Partington, MD, pediatric neurosurgeon and medical director of spina bifida services at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

New officers are as follows:

President: Sue Berry, MD, FAAP, Division Director for Genetics and Metabolism in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. President -elect: Andrew Kiragu, MD, FAAP, PICU medical director at HCMC. Treasurer/secretary: R. Hampton Rich, MD, FAAP, retired pediatric surgeon.

MNAAP's board is comprised of 30 pediatricians from rural and urban clinics and hospitals across Minnesota.

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August issue of Minnesota Pediatrician Now Available

The August issue of Minnesota Pediatrician is now available. Feel free to download the PDF or click and comment on the articles from your computer or mobile device.


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Summer Safety Links to Share with Families

School is out, summer is in, and accidental injuries are on the rise. The CDC has helpful information and links to help families master water safety, beat the heat and sun, protect against mosquitos and ticks, and prevent recreational injuries.

Quick reminders:

Children under age 10 must wear a life jacket while boating in MN (MN DNR); of course, everyone else should as well.


A sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 should be applied approximately every 2 hours outdoors or after swimming or sweating (AAD).  


Most insect repellents , including DEET, can be used on children. Products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not to be used on children under the age of three years (CDC).


In Minnesota, kids who are both under age 8 and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches must be fastened in a child safety seat; of course, everyone else should buckle up as well


Newly licensed teen drivers are allowed only one passenger for the first six months and up to three passengers for the second three months. The passenger limit does not apply to immediate family members or when the teen is accompanied by a parent or guardian. Summer time is a great time for parents to accompany their new drivers and observe and mentor them directly. (OTS)


Check out the CDC website at:


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MN School Districts to Receive Increased Funding for Mental Health Services

Last month the Minnesota Department of Human Services announced it was increasing funding for school-linked mental health services across the state. Under five year contracts with the department, 36 mental health organizations will serve 35,000 students in more than 800 schools across Minnesota by 2018. The $45.4 million investment follows a commitment last session from Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature to double the capacity in schools for mental health early intervention and treatment services.

Read press release 
List of school districts served by grantees   

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