It is no secret that I am a fan of the summertime. In Minnesota, while weather is the universal topic of conversation, summer is the winner. What’s not to like? The warmer weather and the longer days give us a feeling of permission to relax a little and not be so go-go-go with our lives.
Our chapter has certainly earned a little time to catch its collective breath. The legislative session that wrapped up just a few weeks ago proved to be an incredible turning point for many of the priority issues we have been focused on for years. The health and wellbeing of children, teens, and families in Minnesota advanced in ways that will be meaningful and measurable. Thank you to all who helped this legislative session.
The only trouble with summertime is that it sometimes feels too short. Has anyone else already seen school supplies out in the store aisles?! So while I hope you can find pockets of time to enjoy your favorite summer activities and past times, I want to let you know that the next few months hold more excitement for you as a chapter member:
The MNAAP annual meeting will take place Thursday, Sept. 21, from 5-8 p.m. in Minneapolis. We will have a formal program starting at 6 p.m., but otherwise, this is an opportunity for you to connect with colleagues from around the state who you haven’t been able to see in person over these last few years.
The Twin Cities Pediatric Update conference will cover a wide variety of pediatric hot topics on Thursday, Sept. 21, and Friday, Sept. 22. Dr. Roy Guerrero, the pediatrician from Uvalde, Texas, will be one of the keynote speakers. I personally saw his presentation at the AAP national conference and it was so powerful and moving. It is not to be missed.
The annual MNAAP member survey will be sent to you in July. I know a survey request can feel taxing on an already busy schedule, but this is one of the most important opportunities for you to have your voice heard. We use the results of the survey to guide many decision points throughout the year, including setting legislative priorities, seeking CME opportunities, and partnering with collaborators on projects. This year we are working to make the survey quick and easy – I promise you can finish it in less time than it takes for a popsicle to melt!
Be well and enjoy your summer months, and thank you for all you do for Minnesota’s children and teens.
Eileen Crespo, MD, FAAP