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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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MNAAP Seeking Nominations for 2016-2019 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, 2016 and run through June 30, 2019.


View current board members
Email to nominate yourself (please include current CV) or a colleague

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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



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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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Members, Earn Free CME for Watching Videos from MNAAP's Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference!

Build your knowledge of resources to increase immunization rates in teens and help adolescents address depression and anxiety.


MNAAP members can earn up to 3.0 free CME units for watching videos on the topics below and satisfactorily completing the corresponding post assessments and evaluations. 

Increasing Low Immunization Rates Among Adolescents


EMERALD: A Pilot Collaborative Program in Primary Care for Teens with Depression


Moving from ANXIETY to Optimal WELLNESS: Clinical Pearls for the Pediatric Provider


More info

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Nominate a Pediatric Champion in Minnesota

Each year MNAAP recognizes pediatricians and other child health advocates for their work to improve the health and well-being of Minnesota's children. MNAAP will present two awards at its May 20 annual meeting


Distinguished Service Award
Recognizes a pediatrician for his or her outstanding efforts that contribute to the improvement of child health care.


Child Advocacy Award
In addition, MNAAP chooses an individual from the community who goes above and beyond his or her everyday routine to advocate for the health and welfare of children in Minnesota. 

See past award winners.


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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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