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Minnesota SID Center offers support, resources for families


As a nonprofit hospital, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota provides community benefit services each year to address some of the most pressing health concerns in our community.

The death of a child is devastating for families and communities. The survivors’ grief following a sudden death can be even more intense and prolonged. Families experiencing this sort of loss need support. That’s why Children’s partners with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to run the Minnesota Sudden Infant Death (SID) Center. The SID Center is a statewide program that provides information, counseling and support to anyone who has experienced a sudden infant death from any cause.


The year in kids’ health: policy and advocacy in 2012

sim3 As 2012 comes to a close, our Advocacy and Health Policy team takes a look back over the last 12 months to review our efforts to advocate for the health of kids in Minnesota. Here’s a sampling of the public policy and community engagement issues we’re proud to say we were involved with this year:

State policy
• Newborn screening: We worked to preserve and reform the Newborn Screening program at MDH. The program tests newborns to see if they are at risk for more than 53 disorders.

• Pediatric care coordination: In 2012 we worked to pass language requiring the Commissioner of Human Services to implement a pediatric care coordination service for children who receive Medical Assistance and that have high-cost psychiatric conditions. This service will coordinate care for kids at risk of recurrent hospitalization or emergency room use for acute, chronic, or psychiatric illness. In addition, Children’s has been working with the Department of Human Services to finalize a pilot project on care coordination for 14,000 general pediatrics patients.


Minnesota’s budget forecast: deficit, uncertainty, potential cuts

Photo courtesy of the Minnesota State
Legislature website.

On Wednesday the Minnesota Management and Budget office released an updated budget forecast for the 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 budget cycles. The forecast sets the stage for the budget discussions that will happen in 2013 at the state capitol. In each odd-numbered year, a budget is set for the upcoming biennium (in this case, 2014-2015).

What did we learn?

The budget forecast news was a mixed bag and reveals the uncertainty that surrounds the budgeting process. The current projections show a $1.1 billion deficit for the upcoming budget cycle. State law dictates that the budget must be balanced, so we know that budget talks in 2013 will have to include difficult decisions about how to eliminate the pending deficit.


Fiscal cliff fast approaching: Potential impacts on Medicaid, CHGME

fiscalcliffThe so-called “fiscal cliff” deadline is fast approaching and you’re likely seeing a lot of news coverage on whether President Obama and Congressional leaders can reach a debt reduction deal. The “fiscal cliff” is a term used to describe the date when several tax cuts are set to expire and across-the-board federal spending cuts will be enacted.

But most media coverage hasn’t addressed if and how Medicaid might be impacted if a deal is reached. Children’s policy experts are looking at where the Medicaid program stands now and some additional areas of concern in negotiating a budget deal.


Pediatric emergency training hits the road

sim3As a nonprofit hospital, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota provides community benefit services each year to meet some of the most pressing health concerns in our community. One of the services we are uniquely positioned to offer as a regional destination for treating complex pediatric health needs is training to assist medical professionals in dealing with pediatric emergencies. Like all other aspects of pediatric health care, emergency care for babies and children requires specialized approaches.