MNAAP Advocacy in Action


A core function of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to advocate on behalf of the state’s infants, children, and teens.

As a nonpartisan, pro-child organization, the chapter goes to bat during the legislative session to weigh in as child health experts on topics that have a direct impact on child and teen health and wellbeing.

This legislative session, MNAAP has offered support or feedback on a variety of topics including:

  • paid family medical leave
  • reproductive health care access
  • firearm violence prevention
  • housing insecurity
  • free school lunches
  • banning conversion therapy
  • early childhood education

MNAAP President Eileen Crespo, MD, FAAP, testified before the Minnesota House Workforce Development Committee in support of paid family medical leave.

MNAAP Treasurer Janna Gewirtz O’Brien, MD, MPH, FAAP, participated in a press conference supporting the PRO Act, which protects reproductive health access in the state.

MNAAP Past President Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, FAAP, addressed the Minnesota House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee in support of common sense firearm safety measures.

Annual Sponsors

Children's Minnesota
Gillette Children's
Hennepin Healthcare
University of Minnesota Health
Essentia Health
Mayo Clinic
Shriners Healthcare for Children-Twin Cities