MNAAP Work Group News | Fall 2023


What is a work group?

The MNAAP work groups were formed as part of the chapter’s strategic priorities plan to address areas in which change or improvement would benefit the lives of Minnesota’s youth. During a work group meeting, members often identify opportunities for collaboration, potential projects to take on, or other ways to advocate for their cause. Email Bethany Venable ( for more information.

Anti-Racism & Disparities

The Anti-Racism & Disparities work group is looking ahead to spring with plans to host a retreat to bring members together in an energizing session of planning and visioning. The group is also the chapter’s point of contact for a new contract initiated with the YWCA to help further embed diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion in the MNAAP culture and operations. The Anti-Racism & Disparities Work Group next meeting is set for Monday, Dec. 11, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

Early Childhood

It has been a monumental year for investment in the littlest Minnesotans, thanks in part, to all the MNAAP members who spoke up for children who can’t speak for themselves. Yet, all this positive change yields more opportunity and more work to do! This year, our chapter will have monthly meetings or lectures about the ways we can advocate at the policy level for prenatal to five health and investment. We will also talk about how we can bring important programming into our daily practice. Our next meeting is Oct. 27, at 12:10 p.m. via Zoom.  If you believe in the power of the first 1,000 days to change a life course, then please join us!

Behavioral/Mental Health

The Behavioral/Mental Health work group continues to work on the Minnesota Pediatric Mental Health Access Program MOC 4 focused on depression screening in LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities. We are looking forward to learning more about how we can have open, affirming screening and supportive conversations around mental health from the youth in our community partnerships.


Annual Sponsors

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