Close to 30 people dedicated their Thursday evening to discussing topics they believed the chapter should focus on in the upcoming legislative session as part of the MNAAP Policy Roundtable Discussion. The group met via Zoom.
After a brief overview of the election results and political landscape from MNAAP Lobbyist Chad Fahning, policy co-chairs Sue Berry, MD, FAAP, and Hannah Lichtsinn, MD, FAAP, facilitated a conversation in which participants were able to offer up two topics that they believed deserved legislative attention. Following the topic brainstorming, participants then voted to rank the topics. Concerns about mental health, climate change, vaccine laws, gun violence prevention, housing insecurity, paid family leave, early childhood education, social drivers of health, and much more were among the issues listed.
The chapter’s policy co-chairs will take final legislative priority recommendations to the MNAAP board of directors for approval at the November 17 board meeting.