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September 1, 2019

Join Dan Broughton, MD, FAAP, and other senior pediatricians for a great opportunity to hear more about MNAAP’s policy priorities, learn how to get involved with the chapter, stay connected and catch up on life’s changes.

When: Friday, Sept. 13, from 12-1:30 p.m.
Where: Wedge Table in Minneapolis
Details: Each attendee will buy his or her own lunch and MNAAP will handle planning and registration. Space is limited to 20 people.

Contact debilzan@mnaap.org for more information or to reserve your place.

September is Women in Medicine Month, and in celebration, the American Academy of Pediatrics is hosting a webinar, Women in Pediatrics.

Webinar faculty, including MNAAP member Melanie Brown, MD, FAAP, will discuss the contributions of women pediatricians and gender-specific issues related to wellness, leadership, and equity.

Join this expert panel on Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. CT. 

The cost is free, but registration is required.

For more information, contact Erin Kelly, AAP senior research associate.

August 12, 2019

Over 100 Minnesota pediatricians are expected to attend AAP’s 2019 National Conference & Exhibition (NCE) this October in New Orleans. It’s not too late to register!

If you’re planning to attend, you’re invited to a networking reception exclusively for Minnesota pediatricians. Join us for an opportunity to meet and share ideas with colleagues and friends during the AAP National Conference. We’ll gather informally for light appetizers, cocktails and conversation.

Minnesota Networking Reception
AAP National Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, LA
Sunday, October 27 from 5:45-7:15 p.m.
Hilton New Orleans Riverside (headquarters hotel) Room: Steering

Hosted by MNAAP, Children’s Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and Mayo Clinic. 

RSVPs appreciated, but not required.

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State recently posted several vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees. MNAAP members are encouraged to review the openings and consider applying. These vacancies offer an excellent opportunity for pediatricians to engage in advocacy.

Vacancies include:

  • Behavioral Health Planning Council: providers of Mental Health Services to the LGBTQ and/or Underserved Communities
  • Maternal and Child Health Advisory Task Force: professionals with expertise in maternal and child health services
  • Palliative Care Advisory Council: one seat available for a physician

Interested members can apply through the Secretary of State’s website here. This website also provides additional information about the scope of each panel/working group, including its charge, expected meeting schedule, other members, and more.

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.

The Minnesota Department of Health maintains data relating to immunization coverage rates. You can view school immunization rates, as well as immunization rates at the county level, based on information collected through the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC). This data may be helpful to you as you consider how to help increase immunization rates in your area.

Childhood Immunization Rates by County | School Immunization Rates

If you’re looking for new ways to make an effective recommendation, answer questions that your patients have, or how to get your entire staff on board with vaccination, #HowIRecommend is a video series available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A toolkit for communicating with patients and parents is also available through the CDC’s website and includes sample social media messaging for physicians.

The MNAAP will join with MDH in increasing awareness about HPV vaccinations during the week of Aug. 12 by posting to its social media accounts with information about the vaccine. Feel free to re-tweet, or join in the conversation with the hashtag #StopHPVCancerMN.

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