Voice for Kids Blog

Children’s at the capitol: The Youth Advisory Council goes to Saint Paul

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It’s never too early to get involved with the policy issues that make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you. At Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, our Advocacy and Health Policy team works to engage our employees, patients and families to speak out about health policies that impact our ability to provide high-quality pediatric care in our state and region.

This week, several of our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) members made the trek to Saint Paul (through snow and cold weather, no less!) to talk with state legislators about their experiences at Children’s. Here’s a photo diary of the day.

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Faces of Medicaid: The Brorson family story

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Medical Assistance, Minnesota's Medicaid program, provides essential care for a broad range of families in Minnesota and nearly half of the program's beneficiaries are children. "Faces of Medicaid" is a year-long series that will highlight stories from some of the patient families at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota who have benefitted from this safety net program. Protecting Medicaid is a high priority for Children's. Read more about why Medicaid matters to Children's.


Our son Brayden was born on Nov. 21, 2011, a seemingly healthy baby boy, but in just a few short weeks we would discover that he was really sick. Not long after he was born, Brayden became unable to keep food down. He also had extreme diarrhea.

On the morning of Dec. 11, 2011, we took Brayden to the local emergency room, and within 20 minutes of our arrival he was transferred to Children’s in St. Paul.

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Snapshot: Children’s in 2012

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On the Voice for Kids blog we often share the stories of how public policy affects real families (like these stories from Maria and Suzanne) and we report on legislation that affects kids’ health. Today, we want to take some time to look at Children’s by the numbers because it provides a greater sense of why advocacy is so important.

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Children’s at the Capitol: mid-session recap

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The Minnesota legislative session is well underway and as we hit the mid-point, much has been accomplished in the area of health. But, there is more heavy lifting to come on some of the most critical issues impacting Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Your voice can make a difference in the policy debates that affect children: join us to learn more about how you can be an advocate.

Here’s an overview of the issues our policy team is monitoring at the capitol:  

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Faces of Medicaid: Maria's story

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Medical Assistance, Minnesota's Medicaid program, provides essential care for a broad range of families in Minnesota and nearly half of the program's beneficiaries are children. "Faces of Medicaid" is a year-long series that will highlight stories from some of the patient families at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota who have benefitted from this safety net program. Protecting Medicaid is a high priority for Children's. Read more about why Medicaid matters to Children's.

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