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2015 Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference

Friday, May 1, 2015
Hilton Hotel, MSP Airport-MOA

This event is geared toward pediatricians and pediatric specialists, but is open to all providers and health professionals.

Register online now!

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Slipping Through the Cracks: Slowing Rates of Childhood Poverty and Disparities

Poverty rates in MN are four times as high for American Indian children, and nearly five times as high for African American children as for white children. This session will focus on poverty and disparities with regard to obesity, immunizations and other issues. Gain practical resources you can share with families in order to get them connected to the care and services they need.

8:00- 8:15 a.m Welcome

8:15-9:15 a.m How Are Our Children? The Impact of Adverse Experiences on the Health of Minnesota Youth
Naomi Duke, MD, U of M

9:15 -10 a.m.    Pediatric obesity: early interventions
Ellen Demereth, PhD, U of M

10:00-10:30 a.m.   Break/networking

10:30-11:15 a.m.    Early brain development/education
Ann Masten, PhD, U of M (invited)

11:15-12 noon Perspectives on Vaccine Resistance from MN communities
Lynn Bahta, RN, PHN-MN, Department of Health   
Adno Gatah, CNP, Park Nicollet Clinic, Minneapolis 
Karen Ernst, parent Minnesota Childhood Immunization Coalition
Diane Peterson, Immunization Action Coalition

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
OMG, I Need More Shots? Increasing Low Immunization Rates Among Adolescents

Panel discussion with MDH and clinics using new tactics to increase immunization rates 

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Protecting Young Brains and Bodies: Identifying Mental Health and Safety Resources

Studies estimate that mental health problems affect one in five young people at any given time. In terms of physical health, injuries and accidents are a leading cause of death and hospitalization. Hear strategies, resources and anticipatory guidance to protect young brains and bodies.

1:00-1:45 p.m.   Overview of mental health challenges and possible solutions
Read Sulik, MD, PrairieCare Research Institute

1:45-2:15 p.m. Transitioning adolescent patients with mental health issues to college 
Steve Sutherland, MD, Essentia Health

2:15-2:45 p.m.      EMERALD: a pilot program for teens with depression in primary care
Mark Williams, MD, Mayo Clinic

2:45-3:00 p.m. Break/networking
3:00-3:45 p.m.   

Substance abuse in teens: trends, management and detox
Panel discussion 

3:45-4:15 p.m. Collaborating with school-based/school-linked mental health services
4:15-5:00 p.m. Preventing accidental or intentional deaths and injuries
Anupam Kharbanda, MD, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

5:00-6:00 p.m.
Fourth Annual Student/Resident Abstract Competition

Once again this year, MNAAP will hold a resident and medical student abstract and poster competition preceding the annual dinner. The goal of the competition is to foster community among pediatric trainees across the state. Abstracts should number no more than 450 words and must be submitted electronically by April 1. Authors will be judged by Minnesota pediatricians; winners will receive a prize and their projects will be published in Minnesota Medicine. Pediatrician judges are needed! If you are a pediatrician, please indicate if you are willing to be a judge on your registration form or contact

6:00-9:00 p.m.
MNAAP Annual Meeting and Dinner: Building Strong Connections to Prevent Child Maltreatment

Major gaps in Minnesota's child protection system have been exposed. Now what? Hear about state and national efforts to improve prevention and detection strategies, promote positive parenting, and foster healthy, resilient children. This is a great opportunity to re-connect with colleagues and learn more from those who are leading the way to protect and enhance the health of Minnesota's children. Our keynote speakers include Dr. Vincent Palusci from NYU Medical Center and Brandon Stahl, the Star Tribune investigative reporter who exposed a number of holes in Minnesota's child protection system..

6:00-6:30 p.m.     Networking Reception and Cash Bar

6:30-6:50 p.m.   Dinner and Welcome, Susan Berry, MD, FAAP, MNAAP President            

6:50-7:00 p.m.   AAP National Update

7:00-8:15 p.m.  Keynote: Preventing Child Abuse from Making Headlines
Brandon Stahl, Minneapolis Star Tribune Investigative Reporter
Vincent Palusci, MD, MS, FAAP, NYU School of Medicine

8:15-8:30 p.m.     

2015 Award Recipients

8:30-8:45 p.m.     Winners of Medical Student/Resident Abstract Competition

8:45 p.m.        Closing remarks

Learn from and network with experts and exhibitors from a variety of health systems and organizations, including Mayo Clinic, Essentia Health, University of Minnesota, Prairie Care, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and more!

Attend for part or all of the day! This conference is geared toward pediatricians but is open to other providers and other public health professionals. 

Early-bird rates through April 3!

Register online now!

Hennepin County Medical Center is accredited by the Minnesota Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Hennepin County Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other healthcare providers who participate in this CME activity may submit their statement of attendance to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. Participants are responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Past conferences: 2014 | 2013