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Key Accomplishments

Year 2018

After a careful review of the chapter's annual report and presentation by MNAAP President Dr. Andrew Kiragu, the District Vice Chairpersons at AAP's Annual Leadership Forum in March selected MNAAP to receive the 2018 Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year Award.

The award is based on chapter accomplishments in the following areas: child health initiatives, chapter engagement activities, finances, membership retention and recruitment, and chapter management and governance.
MNAAP's major achievements in 2017 included advocacy and education, particularly with regard to the immigration ban, Medicaid, CHIP, immunizations, mental health, poverty and the state's Child and Teen Checkup (C&TC) program.

Minnesota is considered a large chapter with just over 1,000 members and 600 voting fellows. Other finalists included New York 2 and Kentucky.

The chapter will receive a plaque and honorarium in the amount of $2,000.
AAP has been awarding chapters for their performance since 1964. Of its 66 chapters, 17 are defined as large. Minnesota is among those 17.

This is the third time Minnesota has won the award in the last decade; it was also selected in 2009 under the leadership of Anne Edwards, MD, FAAP and in 2013 under the leadership of Robert Jacobson, MD, FAAP.

Noteable 2017 activities include:

Faith and Medicine Project

  • The chapter partnered with 17 Imams to provide education to over 30,000 Somalis (parents, adults and youth) at 16 mosques during Ramadan and during the measles outbreak that primarily affected Somali children.
  • A measles vaccine message was developed with input from 20 Somali parents in focus groups and two videos were prepared featuring a Somali physician and a Somali parent. Twenty physicians, nurses, and pediatric residents accompanied the Imams at over 20 events and answered questions during/after prayer session, primarily about the importance of measles immunizations, concerns about autism, and resources.
  • Over 2,500 MMR vaccines were administered by clinics to Somali children during the measles outbreak. There were over 14,000 downloads of the parent Somali immunization and autism videos.

​​Mental Health/Substance Abuse

The chapter increased pediatric clinician use of depression screening in adolescent well teen checkups from 40 percent in 2015 to 75 percent in 2017 through collaboration with state agencies to require depression screening during adolescent well teen checkups per Bright Futures. Additionally, the chapter provided eight webinars and live trainings on mental health and substance abuse topics identified by members and identified state and national resources on

Child Abuse

The chapter hosted four free CME webinars for pediatric providers covering case-based abusive head trauma, working effectively with counties and the CPS system, sexual abuse in children, and inflicted abdominal trauma. Additionally, a one-pager on medical neglect was developed in patnership with the Department of Human Services.

Poverty/health disparities

The chapter hosted several webinars, developed a one-pager highlighting key pediatric disparities.

Past Years