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Check out Photos and Videos from our 2015 Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference!

From poverty to mental health to abuse, check out slides, resources and videos from pediatric experts across the state covering a range of pediatric health topics.

Interested in earning free CME for watching these videos? Email debilzan@mnaap.org to be alerted when the remaining videos and accompanying instructions are posted on the MNAAP website. (Only MNAAP members are eligible for free CME; non-members will be charged a fee.)

 

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2015 Board Elections: Cast Your Ballot Online

Board elections are held each Spring for open positions on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) and for the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation (MAPF). 

This year there are 5 openings on the board and the nominating committee has recommended 5 strong candidates. Please submit your vote online and offer any comments or suggestions for current and new board members. Ballots are due Friday, June 12.

View current board members | Vote for new board members




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15th Annual Committee on Rural Health Education Meeting May 28

Hosted by MNAAP and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the 15th Annual Committee on Rural Health Education event will provide knowledge on the treatment and management of child abuse issues, pediatric sleep medicine and pediatric hematology/oncology. The round table discussions will address practical issues faced by pediatricians and their patients and families. 



This event is designed for rural pediatricians and family practice clinicians who would like to acquire increased knowledge about caring for pediatric patients with these varied issues. The discussions are driven by the attending physicians and intended to be applicable for the primary care clinician.  


 
While there is no fee, registration and commitment to meal choices are required. Registration deadline is May 18th. Please indicate any special needs or dietary concerns at time of registration.


 
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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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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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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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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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