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2018 Message from Sen. Tina Smith from MNAAP on Vimeo.

With guidance from MNAAP members and leadership, the MNAAP will set its legislative priorities for the 2019 session in late fall and early winter.

Legislative priorities are determined by the policy committee, which reviews and discusses recommendations from a variety of sources, including the annual membership survey, work groups, board members and the chapter lobbyist.

Priorities for the 2018 session included:

  • Reducing vaccine-preventable disease
  • Improving pediatric behavioral health care access
  • Reinforcing principles for healthy kids and families
    • Improve health care access and affordability
    • Coalition letter opposing Medicaid work requirements
    • Address health inequities among children
    • Invest in prenatal and early childhood initiatives
    • Supporting public health policies with tremendous benefits for children

View MNAAP’s 2018 priorities: short version

Priority issues may change based on legislation introduced, public health emergencies, and other factors. MNAAP is carefully monitoring a variety of issues, such as gun violence and opioid addiction, and is working with leading/expert organizations to support legislation that assures the safety and health of children.

  • Keeping families together at the border (read MNAAP statement | letter to the editor)
  • Reducing gun violence read MNAAP statement

Chapter members receive bi-weekly legislative updates from MNAAP’s lobbyist to stay current on these and other child health issues being discussed at the Capitol. If you aren’t receiving these emails, please contact

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