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Photos/Videos from May 12 Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference

More than 150 people attended a portion of MNAAP's Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference on Friday, May 12, 2017.


The event was a great opportunity for Minnesota pediatricians, pediatric providers and child health advocates to collaborate, network and learn alongside each other to strengthen the care of children. We hope to see many of you next year!

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Highest Turnout Ever for Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol

More than 160 pediatricians and trainees advocated for children's health issues at the Minnesota Capitol on Tuesday -- with access to care for all children as the top priority. Donning "The Kids Sent Me" buttons, they broke out into small groups and met with over 60 members of the House and Senate, leaving behind business cards and fact sheets.


Check out the #PedsDay2017 Twitter stream for some great tweets and fun photos.  

 

A special thanks to those who couldn't attend in person but made a point to call or email their legislators. Your voice is equally important. 


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Measles Outbreak Vaccination Guidance

Minnesota is experiencing an outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently released a health advisory with action steps for hospitals, clinics and health providers. 

 

For more detailed information about the revised MMR vaccine guidelines, see MDH's Measles Outbreak Vaccination Guidance

 

The MNAAP has issued a press release to remind parents and caregivers about the safety and efficacy of vaccines and to urge them to ensure their child's vaccines are up to date. 

 

Additionally, free to watch/share this educational video on vaccines for Somali American parents



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Measles Parent Outreach and Education Critical

A special thanks to several MNAAP members who have been actively involved in Somali and community outreach recently, including:

 

Drs. Andrew Kiragu (HCMC) and Sheldon Berkowitz (Children's MN) teamed up with other allied health professionals to provide measles education and outreach to 25 Imams at a Bloomington Mosque. Read article in the Washington Post

 

Dr. Nusheen Ameenuddin (Mayo) and MDH staff participated in a community program for Somali parents and community leaders in Rochester, MN. Read article in the Rochester Post Bulletin.

 

Drs. Dawn Martin (HCMC), Vishal Naik (resident), Patsy Stinchfield, RN, CNP (Childrens MN) and Karen Ernst (Moms Who Vax) hosted a parent education conference call to answer questions about measles with 66 participants statewide.

 

Please contact cairns@mnaap.org if you/your clinic is planning outreach efforts. MNAAP may have some outreach funds to help as part of a clinic quality improvement effort to increase rates of MMR and HPV among Minnesota Somali, Karen and American Indian families.


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Download latest version of Minnesota Pediatrician

The May 2017 issue of MNAAP's newsletter -- written by and for pediatricians and pediatric providers is here!

 

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Get Involved: Join a Work Group

MNAAP's Board of Directors is focused on four child health priorities through 2018. They are:

 

Mental health 
Increase accessibility of mental health services.

 

Child abuse 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 meet by conference call every 1-2 months and are open to all MNAAP members across the state. You may participate as your schedule allows. If you are interested or would like more information,contact  cairns@mnaap.org

Coming Up...

Member Conference Calls

Thursday, June 1, 12:15-12:30 p.m.
Immunization Work Group Conference Call  
Dial 1-866-740-1260 and enter code 1022058

  

Friday, June 2, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Membership and Communications Work Group Conference Call 
Dial 1-866-740-1260 and enter code 1022058  

 

Thursday, June 8, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Mental Health Work Group Conference Call 
"Pediatric Depression: Identifying risk and when to medicate" with speaker Dr. Tim Smith
Details/register online

 

Tuesday, June 20, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Poverty/Disparities Work Group Conference Call 
Dial 1-866-740-1260 and enter code 1022058

 

Member Webinars

 

Thursday, June 15, 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Sexual Abuse in Children
Details/Registration

 

Thursday, August 18, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Working Effectively with Counties and the CPS System
Details/Registration 

  

Funding Available for Somali, Karen and Native American Health Outreach

MNAAP will be partnering with pediatric clinics in Minnesota that would like to better serve their Somali, Karen or American Indian patients with a Community Health Worker (CHW). Funds are available for CHW training scholarships and other strategies to provide outreach services and community education to improve immunization rates (MMR and HPV). With the measles outbreak, we do have some additional funds that must be used in May and June to support Somali CHWs or CHWs in training to assist clinics statewide.  Contact cairns@mnaap.org as soon as possible if you or a community partner organization are interested in this opportunity.