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September 27, 2020

Nearly 20,000 Minnesotans found themselves without shelter on any given night in 2018 and a third of those were children living with their parents, according to research from the Wilder Foundation. This devastating situation has been exacerbated in 2020, particularly for individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

MNAAP leadership joined with those at the Minnesota Medical Association, Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity, and the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians in a letter to Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, urging swift action be taken to ensure the safety and security of people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota.

The letter encourages state leaders to:

  • Protect encampments from clearance by law enforcement until there is safe access to alternative housing and shelter for residents.
  • Ensure that all people experiencing homelessness, including children, youth and families, have access to single occupancy housing programs, such as hotel programs or shelters.
  • Expand protections for individuals and families who are working and work to prevent evictions to reduce the risk of homelessness.
  • Develop a sustainable plan to secure housing affordability, including expanded access to high-quality public, affordable housing, rent control and housing options for youth.

Read the full letter here.

September 15, 2020

Less than 30 days remain to complete the 2020 census. This is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the country.

In 2010, more than 2 million children went uncounted. With half of those under age 5, the consequences of underfunded health and social programs could impact nearly their entire childhood. In fact, census data are used to allocate more than $160 billion a year in federal funds for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Head Start.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Have conversations with families during office visits: Have you completed your census?
  • Share the  Rx to Vote and Fill Out the Census with patients’ families. Print out this “prescription” to share with families in your practice, encouraging them to register to vote and complete the census form.  Spanish version here
  • Reassure parents that private data is protected and cannot be shared with law enforcement or other government agencies.
  • database on the Count All Kids website helps identify neighborhoods and census tracts where the risk of undercounting young children is highest.
  • Encourage families to respond online ( 2020census.gov) or by phone (844-330-2020).

Visit this site to see what percentage of households in Minnesota have been counted by census takers, as well as total response rates from across the country.

Join the MNAAP Mental Health work group call scheduled for Sept. 22, 2020, from 12 – 1 p.m. for a webinar presentation on the “Minnesota Pediatric Mental Health Systems” with Denise Herrmann (MDH) and Angela Hirsch, LICSW American Indian Mental Health Clinical Coordinator (DHS). To receive login/call-in information for this training register here.

For questions about completing the Adolescent/Young Adult Depression Screening MOC4 please email Kathi Cairns at cairns@mnaap.org.

September 11, 2020

According to the latest guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), children should be sent home from school or daycare if they exhibit possible symptoms of COVID-19. The decision on when to return to school may often need to be done in collaboration with a clinician, and in some cases, may need an alternative diagnosis to COVID-19 to be made. Pediatric providers may have questions about what such evaluations should entail and factors to consider before making alternative diagnoses.

Join the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP), the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) and MDH on Wednesday, September 16, from 12 -1 p.m. to review the challenges of assessing someone for a COVID-19 illness, keys to decision making, and an overview of the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID- 19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth and Child Care Programs, including guidance for siblings and other household contacts. The content will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.

This webinar is free and CME will be provided.

Special thanks to MNAAP Board Members Dr. Sheldon Berkowitz, Dr. Andrea Singh and Dr. Marcie Billings for being part of the team that consulted with MDH on the development of the COVID-19 Decision Tree.

Register now!

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