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March 7, 2019

A bill to promote the benefits of immunization will be heard in the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee on Friday, March 8.

Please take 1 minute to contact your House member and urge them to support this effort to increase immunization rates. Our voice needs to be louder than those contacting legislators with anti-vaccine rhetoric.

In short, HF 1182 would provide funding to the Minnesota Department of Health and community-based organizations to promote the benefits of immunization for those communities most at risk. The education efforts would be focused upon geographic areas or populations experiencing or at risk of experiencing an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease.

Talking points:
  • Vaccines prevent serious illness and save lives. Yet misinformation about vaccines is all too common, leading many parents to opt out of vaccines and put children and others at risk.
  • States with more permissive vaccination laws, such as Minnesota, are at increased risk for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease.
  • Data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that several communities and schools have high rates of non-medical exemptions. In Wadena County, for example, 13 percent of Kindergartners are entering school without required vaccinations.
  • Targeted education is needed to counter myths and falsehoods about vaccination, especially in communities with high rates of non-medical exemptions.

Please take 1 minute to contact your House member and urge him or her to support HF 1182. 

1. Enter your home address to find your MN House member: https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/

2. Send him or her a brief email using the language above. Feel free to personalize or modify. Copy debilzan@mnaap.org so we can track outreach.

Another option is a quick call saying, “I’m a constituent in your district and pediatrician calling to convey my support for HF 1182, a bill to help provide education to communities with low vaccination rates.”

 

 

November 19, 2020

The Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics came together on behalf of the more than 2 million children in their states in a joint letter to Governors Walz, Burgum, and Noem.

Pediatricians are deeply concerned about an increased spread of COVID-19 throughout the holidays, which could result in a substantial number of children who may become sick, hospitalized or asymptomatic carriers. Additionally, an increased spread will have a ripple effect on health care, childcare and education communities. Indeed, all families and every community, will be deeply impacted.

North Dakota and South Dakota currently have the two highest rates of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 children in the country and Minnesota is 10th in the country.

In the hopes of keeping all children in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota safe and ultimately be able to attend school in person, which we know is the best way for them to learn and thrive, the chapters are asking their governors to share this simple set of powerful instructions to citizens as we head into the holidays:

  • Stick with the basics. Go out only for the essentials, wear a mask, keep your distance from others while you are out, and wash your hands. We know these practices work to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
  • Limit contact outside your immediate household. Socialize with only the members of your household. It’s tempting to want to include our extended family members in our plans because they feel safe and comforting during uncertain times, but doing so actually increases the risk that someone (little or grown) will get COVID-19 from that gathering.
  • Be creative. Find ways to make the holidays special while observing disease prevention measures. Engage your children in the brainstorming, whether it is a virtual holiday play for loved ones, a surprise snowman left in the front yard, or cookie decorating online. Kids and teens are creative and adaptable.

Pediatricians are still here for families and strongly recommend that children continue to come in for their regular check-ups and vaccinations to stay healthy. If families suspect their child is ill, they should call their pediatrician for guidance on the appropriate next steps.

As medical experts and child advocates, pediatricians stand ready to support each governor’s direction with these methods, and other ways that mitigate the spread of this devastating disease in our states.

Read  Tristate COVID Letter.

November 13, 2020

A multi-state virtual learning collaborative is available to connect pediatricians interested in improving performance, documentation, and follow-up (including referrals and genetic testing) on screening for developmental disabilities and dysmorphic features in pediatric primary care clinics. The project can be completed in 4 months. There is no charge for participation in this HRSA-funded project. To register for this MOC4 opportunity, click here. This project will begin in January 2021.

The Adolescent Depression Screening MOC4 is wrapping up in December 2020. Participating pediatricians who would like to claim MOC4 credit in 2020 for their work should email or fax (651-699-7798) their completed audits before Dec. 8, 2020.

The MNAAP Mental Health work group will be meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 12:15-12:45 p.m. to review summary data on the results and improvement noted in adolescent/young adult depression screening, referral and documentation.

Thanks to gifts from generous members, your donation dollar can go farther when you participate in Minnesota’s “giving holiday” Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 19.

Donations made to the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation up to $1,250 will be matched with funds from charitable donors. Your gift will support various projects and initiatives aimed at improving the health and well-being of Minnesota infants, children and adolescents.

Too busy to remember to donate? You can pre-schedule your donation to occur on November 19.

All donations are tax deductible. As always, you will receive an immediate email receipt acknowledging your gift.

Information and Donate 

The CATCH Call for Proposals is open through January 27, 2021 at 3 p.m. Pediatricians and residents with innovative ideas to plan or implement initiatives that address critical child health issues in their local communities may apply for $10,000 and $2,000, respectively. This cycle there is targeted funding opportunities for rural health initiatives.

Additionally, the resident Call for Proposals guidelines include targeted funding opportunities for oral health, community pediatrics, environmental health, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, emergency medicine, medical home and mental health initiatives. Questions? Reach out to CATCH staff at catch@aap.org. To learn more about CATCH visit aap.org/CATCH.

Seeking Chapter CATCH Facilitator

The CATCH program is seeking applications for the position of Chapter CATCH Facilitator (CCF). CCFs are appointed by their state Chapter to serve a renewable three-year term. Feel free to email debilzan@mnaap.org with questions. The deadline to apply online is December 15, 2020.

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