MNAAP is one of 12 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) state chapters around the country to participate in the AAP Food Insecurity grant project. AAP aims to offer training to all 67,000 of its pediatricians to screen for nutrition insecurity and refer patients to trusted resources. The initiative earned attention from the White House earlier this fall as it was highlighted during the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.
In Minnesota, MNAAP is working with several partners including Ramsey County WIC, Minnesota WIC, and Hennepin County WIC to create a closed-loop family referral system between providers and the state’s Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) agency.
Currently, the project is piloting a read-only system between Hennepin Healthcare and Hennepin County WIC as well as working on a broader data-sharing initiative with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) with the objective of creating a streamlined, statewide system.
Participating state chapters meet with the national AAP food insecurity cohort to share ideas with and successes with other project teams.