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Each year MNAAP surveys its members about their priorities, challenges and interests. Last year we had over 200 members respond to the survey, generating valuable insight and direction for MNAAP's Board of Directors and work groups. 

We value your input! Your responses will help shape future activities related to advocacy, education and collaboration aimed at improving the health of all children/teens in Minnesota. 

The survey takes less than 3 minutes to complete. Responses are due by October 3. 

Members, take the survey now!

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Advancing CARE: Child Abuse Recognition & Evaluation

A free webinar for MNAAP members and their colleagues

Tuesday, October 11 | 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

About a third of pediatricians who took MNAAP's member survey last year indicated they were not familiar with AAP's guidelines for child abuse screening. Recognize red flags in visits with patients and their families and discuss next steps when abuse is suspected. 

Presented by Nancy Harper, MD, Director, Safe and Healthy Children, Child Abuse Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital

Details/register now


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Noting Rising Syphilis Rates, MDH Recommends Screening Pregnant Women 3 Times

Based on a noted increase of syphilis among women during 2015, in January 2016 the Minnesota Department of Health issued, with the support of the Minnesota Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, the recommendation to screen women for syphilis at three points during pregnancy:

1.      First prenatal visit
2.      28 week's gestation (at minimum between 28-30 weeks)
3.      Delivery

Most medical providers and hospital systems have instituted this recommended change resulting in the diagnosis of 10 syphilis cases in pregnant women through August of this year. 

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Addressing Violence and Intolerance with Patient Families: A Message from MNAAP's President

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently announced an initiative to identify new approaches to protect children, adolescents and young adults from the epidemic of violence that they are exposed to in their everyday lives. This initiative will address gun violence as well as the underlying contributors of racism, religious intolerance, homophobia, xenophobia, terrorism or any other form of intolerance. 

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics welcomes this initiative and is equally committed to advocating on behalf of children and their families who are impacted by violence and intolerance, along with the pediatricians who care for them. As child health experts, we are in a unique position to partner with families and policy makers alike to improve the safety of children's homes and communities.


Read the full statement 



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Save the Dates!

Block these dates off now and plan to join MNAAP!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol - Register now!
St. Paul, MN  

Friday, May 12, 2017

MNAAP Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference & Annual Meeting

More upcoming events

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Vaccinate Against HPV This Fall

Preteens and teens are coming in for well visits to participate in fall sports and activities. These visits are a great opportunity to recommend HPV vaccine to those that need it.


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has put together an HPV Vaccine Champion Toolkit to help your practice tune up its approach. To view the toolkit, search for HPV Champion Toolkit on the AAP website.


Also, the Minnesota chapter (MNAAP) is offering a free opportunity for pediatricians to participate in a quality improvement project on adolescent vaccination, including HPV. Get more information at



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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 | Co-chairs: Sarah Atunah, Jay, MD and Rachel Tellez, 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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