Voice for Kids Blog

Giving thanks: dedicated care providers and health coverage for kids


This is the time of year when we focus on gratitude. Family, warmer-than-usual fall weather, or the chance to enjoy a hearty meal with loved ones may all be on your list. Our team at Children’s has much to be thankful for as we look at pediatric health care in our state.


World Prematurity Day: A healthy baby is worth the wait

premieToday is World Prematurity Day, and dozens of organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, and the World Health Organization are coming together to raise awareness about premature births and the devastating impact they can have on families.

Every year in the United States, nearly half a million babies are born prematurely, and in Minnesota we see many of them in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). When a family has a child in the NICU it can be one of the most stressful and scary times of their lives. The Windschitl family was able to take home their two daughters after 99 days in the NICU this past week. They shared their story of what it was like to have two children born at just 27 weeks.


Being a voice for kids: Advocacy at Children’s

At Children’s, we believe that every child should have the best chance at leading a healthy life and that’s why we’re committed to providing excellent medical care for kids. Part of that commitment is making sure that we have the policies in place at the local, state and national levels that will protect and promote children’s health and health care.


Big changes in Minnesota; status quo in Washington D.C.

Analysis of yesterday’s election is in full swing. While the situation in Washington D.C. is largely unchanged, in Minnesota, we saw sweeping and unexpected changes to our legislature. What does this mean for children’s health? Our advocacy team breaks down the election and its potential impact.


What the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means for kids

This is a post by Children’s Health Policy and Advocacy team. They’re nonpartisan and proudly serve as child health experts and as a resource for our elected officials.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a 5-4 decision, the Court not only upheld the individual insurance mandate, but upheld a host of other provisions important to Children’s.