It is with heavy hearts that MNAAP shares the news of the passing of Chapter Lobbyist Eric Dick. The chapter learned earlier this week that Eric had passed away at his home. No additional details have been provided at this time.
Eric served as the chapter’s legislative liaison for more than a decade, providing crucial interpretation of the legislative landscape, educating and informing members, and working tirelessly on the chapter’s behalf to advocate on behalf of Minnesota’s children and teens. His lobbying clients included MNAAP, the Minnesota Medical Association, the Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Physicians, the Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology, and the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society.
“It has been my pleasure to work with and learn from Eric for the last several years and he will be so missed. He was an incredibly gifted lobbyist and a tireless advocate for both the MNAAP and the MMA,” said MNAAP President Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, FAAP.
Eric will be remembered for his kind personality and his ability to connect quickly with people through conversation. “We frequently started our calls/emails with updates on the last Green Bay packer win, updates on our dogs, life at the cabin, and recent travels. His passion for working with parents and physicians on MN newborn screening legislation, immunization advocacy, and work on prior authorization reform demonstrated his commitment. He had a special connection with medical students and residents during advocacy training and would not hesitate to connect with medical students and residents statewide,” said MAPF Executive Director Kathi Cairns, who served as MNAAP executive director from 2008 to 2019.
No information about a memorial is known at this time, but the chapter will share more details if they are made available.
(The photos below are from various Pediatricians’ Day at the Capitol events through the last several years. Eric was integral to the organization and execution of the chapter’s largest in-person advocacy event of the year, always offering a legislative primer and education to medical students, residents, and pediatricians who participated.)