In October 2021, MNAAP asked members to complete an annual survey that would help focus and direct chapter activities and priorities for the future. The survey link was sent out through the weekly All Member Email, as well as through Survey Monkey to all 950+ member email addresses on file with the chapter. Through the MNAAP annual member survey, members shared their thoughts, priorities, challenges, and interests. Insights gained through the member survey also helped build the foundation of the chapter’s upcoming three-year strategic plan. A big thank you to those MNAAP members who took the time to offer their ideas through the survey.
The majority of survey respondents reported being in general pediatrics practice full-time or part-time, with 18 percent in retirement. There were no survey responses recorded from students, residents, or trainees. Age ranges: 25-34 = 2%; 35-44 = 25%, 45-54 = 34%; 55-64 = 9%; 65+ = 30%.
Most survey responses came from members within the Twin Cities metro area (88%), with responses from Southwestern Minnesota making up 7% and the Rochester area making up 5%.
For the first time in a member survey , MNAAP asked survey questions to learn more about how its members identify in order to consider and represent the varying perspectives of the chapter membership. These questions were optional.
Five percent of survey respondents answered “Yes” when asked, “Do you identify as BIPOC?” and 85% answered “No.” Eleven percent prefered not to answer. When asked if they identified as LBGTQ+, 98% answered, “No” and 2% of survey respondents answered “Yes.”
Members were asked to list three Minnesota advocacy issues for the chapter to focus on in 2021-22:
• Behavioral/mental health – 59%
• Anti-racism & disparities – 54% (responses included health equity, anti-racism, anti-racism & disparities, disparities)
• Immunization/vaccines – 41% (responses included immunization rates, immunizations, vaccines)
• Early childhood – 31% (responses included early childhood education, early childhood, education)
• Firearm/gun violence prevention – 21%
Members were asked to provide a free response, write-in answer to how MNAAP can best promote equity and anti-racism across the state:
• Anti-racism training/education
• Address bias in laws (e.g. drug laws)
• Legislative advocacy
• Partnership across organizations
MNAAP asked how it can best support members in addressing vaccine hesitancy:
• Advocating at the state level for strong vaccine laws – 45%
• Offering vaccine hesitancy training to optimize conversations with parents – 25%
• Supporting targeted outreach and education on the important of immunizations – 23%
What are the top 3 most important member benefits to you?
• Advocacy for children, families, and providers – 87%
• Local pediatric news and information – 72%
• Free or reduced CME/MOC 2 – 33%
• Networking and leadership opportunities – 28%
• Free or reduced MOC 4 – 24%
One way MNAAP could make membership more worthwhile (free response question):
• Continuing education opportunities
• Support smaller and independent practices
• More engagement with pediatricians in greater Minnesota
• Advocate for children in rural communities
• Advocate for pediatricians – e.g better access to PPE, increased pay, burnout prevention