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Child Health Webinar Series

Learn how pediatric experts are addressing tough challenges in the clinic and hospital setting. Identify tools, resources and community partners to enhance screening, patient/family education and referrals. A variety of topics will be explored, including poverty, food insecurity, trauma, neglect, mental health and immunizations. This webinar series is being presented by Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in partnership with the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians.

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 | 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Working Effectively with Counties and the CPS System

Mark Hudson, MD, child abuse specialist, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

  • Understand county protocols for intake, screened-in reports and screened-out reports
  • Identify opportunities for pediatric providers to work with counties to strengthen the child protection system
  • Learn about new and impending changes to the child protection system


This Live series activity, Child Health Webinar Series, from 09/01/2016 - 08/31/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved for 5.25 AAFP Prescribed credits (.75 each). 

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.  When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Archived (Past) Webinars
Monday, June 19
Using Twitter as an Effective Advocacy Tool

Helen Holstein; Nusheen Ameenuddin, MD, MPH, FAAP; Andrea Westby, MD

More and more physicians are turning to social media as a way to monitor health care developments, share key points and messages, and educate those in power about how their decisions will impact patients.

This webinar is designed for busy providers who wish they could do more to advocate for patients, but only have a few minutes each week. Learn best practices for using Twitter as an effective advocacy tool and hear directly from physicians who say they benefit from using it on a regular basis.

Twitter 101 handout

Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Sexual Abuse in Children

Mark Hudson, MD, child abuse specialist, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

  • Review common presentations of child sexual abuse.
  • Review the genital exam, genital anatomy and genital exam findings indicative of sexual abuse.
  • Understand medical management of children suspected to be victims of sexual abuse.
  •  Review common chief complaints related to sexual abuse. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017 | 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Pediatric Depression: Identifying Risk and When to Medicate

Tim Smith, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Essentia Health - International Falls Clinic


Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 12:15-12:45 p.m.
ADHD and School Performance Issues for Pediatric Clinicians

Christina Houck, EdSp, NCSP, Director of Special Education and Mental Health Partnerships, Intermediate District 287


  • Tips and tools for pediatric clinicians and pediatric clinic staff to use related to ADHD and school performance issues;
  • Information on Section 504 plans and IEPs; and 
  • Suggestions on how to help parents dealing with a child/teen with a school performance issue.


Wednesday, May 31 | 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Comprehensive Evaluation of Children in Foster Care

Amelia Burgess, MD, MPH, FAAP


  • Learn tips and tools for pediatric clinicians and pediatric clinic staff to use when serving children and teens who have been/are in out-of-home placement/foster care;
  • Review guidelines for a comprehensive evaluation of a child/teen in foster care; 
  • Learn electronic medical record (EPIC) tips and resources for documenting care; and
  • Build the comfort level of pediatric clinicians and clinic staff in serving children/teens in foster care.


Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Inflicted Abdominal Trauma in Children

Alice Swenson, MD, Staff Physician, Midwest Children's Resource Center, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota


  • Be familiar with common presentations of inflicted abdominal trauma in children
  • Differentiate inflicted from accidental abdominal trauma and other medical mimics
  • Be familiar with the radiographic and laboratory testing used in diagnosis of inflicted abdominal trauma 

This webinar is password protected for members only. Contact for the password.

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 | 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Case-Based Abusive Head Trauma

Caroline George, MD, child abuse specialist at the Otto Bremmer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children, University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital


  • Recognize the anatomic structures that are commonly affected in pediatric abusive head trauma
  • Identify elements of contact and non-contact injuries and how these relate to mechanism of injury.
  • Recognize the limitations of identifying abusive head trauma in the clinical setting
  • Identify elements of an age appropriate evaluation for abusive head trauma

This webinar is password protected for members only. Contact for the password.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Fractures and Child Abuse

Arne Graff, MD, child abuse specialist, Mayo Clinic

  • Increase knowledge on identification of “concerning” fractures
  • Develop care/evaluation plan for concerning fractures


Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Advancing CARE:  Child Abuse Recognition & Evaluation

Nancy Harper, MD, Director, Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Child Abuse Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital

  • Discuss the range of symptoms and presentations of child abuse in infants and children using case scenarios and the literature
  • Identify the mechanisms of injury causation in serious physical abuse
  • Identify scenarios in which serious injury from abuse may be “missed”
  • Discuss the recommended medical and forensic evaluation for physical abuse cases

This webinar is password protected for members only. Contact for the password.

Handouts: Assessment for Physical Abuse | Medical Evaluation for Physical Abuse
Courtesy of Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children

Tuesday, September 13 | Bridge to Benefits: A Tool for Clinics to Refer Low-Income Families to Local Resource

Elaine Cunningham, Covering Kids Director, Children's Defense Fund

Understand the prevalence and significance of child poverty and health disparities in Minnesota. Learn how Bridge to Benefits serves as a single screening tool for a number of public programs, including health care, food, energy and child care assistance. And identify ways to refer to or partner with Bridge to Benefits to improve the economic stability, and ultimately the health, of low-income families in your practice.

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