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October 11, 2021

In less time than it might take to wait at the drive-thru of your favorite coffee shop, you can provide the MNAAP Board of Directors with important feedback.

The MNAAP annual member survey is a great way to share your thoughts on your priorities, challenges, and interests. Your responses provide valuable information and direction as the chapter determines its goals and activities for the coming year. Insights gained through the member survey will also help build the foundation of the chapter’s upcoming three-year strategic plan.

The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be done on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Take the survey now!

We really appreciate your feedback.

September 28, 2021

MNAAP is a leading voice on children’s health issues at the Minnesota Capitol. The start of the 2022 Minnesota legislative session is still a few months away, but MNAAP is using this downtime to prepare to make the most of our advocacy on behalf of Minnesota’s children.

All members are invited to join the MNAAP Policy Roundtable discussion on Thursday, October 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. to discuss the issues that the chapter may focus on during the 2021 legislative session.

MNAAP’s policy co-chairs, Sue Berry, MD, FAAP, and Hannah Lichtsinn, MD, FAAP, will facilitate the virtual conversation focused on identifying policy priorities for the Board to consider based on member feedback, legislative viability and other considerations. The ideas that come from the roundtable discussion may also help the MNAAP board decide on the chapter’s strategic goals for the next three years. The roundtable is the perfect opportunity to share your perspective on the issues that the MNAAP should focus on at the Capitol during the upcoming legislative session.

Can’t make the roundtable? We’re still interested in hearing from you about what advocacy topics are important to you.

Click here to RSVP for the roundtable and/or provide your perspective.

June 27, 2021
June 25, 2021

Thanks to the collaboration of MNAAP member Katy Miller, MD, FAAP, Laura

Hooper, MS, RD, and Sarah Espinoza, PhD, a new movement and mindfulness resource exists for adolescents.

The Move and Thrive website was developed with input from a youth advisory board and community advisory board, which helped the team develop adolescent-friendly content. The website is free to use.

The project pillars included inclusivity, diversity, a trauma-informed approach, and principles of body neutrality.  The group also worked to avoid diet or weight talk, and promoted movement as a way to feel comfortable and good in your own body, rather than as a tool for weight loss or physical attractiveness.

The site contains 27 videos thus far, and the team will soon receive additional funding to expand the project.

June 21, 2021

The Office of Governor Tim Walz is seeking the insight of a physician who cares for young children with special needs to serve on the Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Intervention. The Council coordinates state and local programs and services for children with disabilities and their families.

More details and the application can be found at:

Reach out to Madelyn Nelson at with any questions.

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