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Great Turnout for May 20 Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference

More than 150 people attended a portion of MNAAP's Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference and Annual dinner, which covered everything from strategies to address poverty and health disparities to hands-on practice using point-of-care ultrasound to hearing successful models of mental health collaboration between schools and clinics.


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Warm Welcome to New Board Members

Andrew Kiragu is MNAAP's new president. He will be succeeded July 1, 2018 by the chapter's newly elected president-elect, Lori DeFrance. Additionally, 6 new board members-at-large include: Kelly Bergmann, DO, MS, FAAP; Pamela Gigi Chawla, MD, FAAP, Janna Gewirtz O'Brien, MD; Lisa Guetzko, MD; Nancy Ott, MD, FAAP; and Rachel Tellez, MD, MS, FAAP.


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Latest KIDS COUNT Report: MN Leads the Nation in Child Well Being for Second Year in a Row

Good news: Minnesota ranks number one nationally in overall child well-being in the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

Bad news: the state's children of color, who account for 30 percent of the population, don't fare as well. Minnesota has some of the greatest disparities in the country when it comes to health, education and economic outcomes for children of color.


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Advocating for Kids at 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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Free MOC 4 Modules Beginning this Summer

HPV Immunization (MNAAP):
According to the CDC, more than 90 percent of people will potentially become infected with some strain of HPV in their lifetime, and each year 27,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV. However, less than half of adolescents complete the 3-dose vaccine series by 17 years of age. 

This is a 3-month quality improvement project beginning in June that will focus on improving adolescent vaccination rates with a special focus on HPV. Participating pediatric clinicians will receive quality improvement tips and participate in a Midwest regional "virtual learning collaborative" to improve HPV and adolescent vaccination rates. Over 50 pediatricians are currently participating. Sign up by December 31, 2016. 

For more information, visit or contact Katherine Cairns at

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety (MDH):
Postpartum depression and anxiety affect at least 15 percent of women in Minnesota and close to 30 percent within low-income communities, according to MDH. Left untreated, maternal depression and anxiety can rob a baby of the critical interactions and nurturing from mom that are necessary to stimulate an infant's brain development.

This is a 12-month quality improvement project that will support teams in identifying barriers, building relationships with key referral sites, and improving approaches to talking about mental health - both promotion and support- with mothers and families. Clinic teams will work on implementing and improving perinatal depression and anxiety screening. 


For more information, visit or contact Tessa Wetjen at 

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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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