Each year, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics honors two members for their dedication to the health and wellbeing of Minnesota’s children and adolescents with the Child Advocacy Award and the Distinguished Service Award. During the chapter’s annual meeting held virtually as part of the Twin Cities Pediatrics Update in September, chapter President Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, FAAP, announced that Marjorie Hogan, MD, FAAP, received the Distinguished Service Award and Tom Scott, MD, FAAP, received the Child Advocacy Award. We applaud both of these members for their commitment to advocacy and advancement on behalf of Minnesota’s youngest residents.
2020 Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a pediatrician recognized for dedicating his or her life to improving care for children in Minnesota. This year’s recipient is Dr. Marjorie Hogan, a pediatrician and adolescent medicine physician at Hennepin Healthcare. Dr. Hogan has dedicated her life to serving historically marginalized populations. Many know Dr. Hogan for her warmth and compassion with families, as well as her mentorship and generosity with her counsel and teaching. One of her colleagues recently said, “Margie is the embodiment of kindness. She has an unbelievably positive outlook on the world even though she worked for years as a child maltreatment specialist. She was a soft place to land for many children who needed to tell their story to someone. We all strive to be a ‘Dr. Hogan’ with our patients.”
2020 Child Advocacy Award
The Child Advocacy Award is presented to a person or organization from the community who goes above and beyond his or her everyday routine to advocate for children. This year’s recipient is Dr. Tom Scott, former co-chair of the MNAAP Poverty & Disparities work group and former co-chair of the Early Childhood Caucus. Dr. Scott has been actively involved in a variety of issues over the years, from bullying and LGBTQ issues, to early brain development. One colleague stated, “Tom’s work as a child health advocate is really more of a calling. A calling he has consistently answered, while also teaching so many others how to answer their call.” Another colleague said, “He never lets any work feel small or unnecessary and celebrates the journey along the way.”