The Mighty Blog features stories from around Children’s Minnesota, as well as health and wellness information for raising healthy kids.

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A cancer diagnosis as a kid becomes a lifelong passion for pediatrics

When kids dream about what they want to be when they grow up, it doesn’t always come true. But for Dr. Jennifer (Jen) Pratt, it did. Her answer to that question was always: a pediatrician. Dr. Pratt is now a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Minnesota and has been since 2013. A difficult diagnosis at a young age changed her life forever. It ignited in her a passion to care for other kids in an often-unexpected stay at the hospital, just like her when she was a young child.

Celebrating 10 years of Project SEARCH

In 2022, Children’s Minnesota is celebrating the 10th anniversary of our partnership with Project SEARCH. As one of the first two Project SEARCH programs in Minnesota, Children’s Minnesota is making history.

The baby formula shortage: what you need to know

We understand the baby formula shortage can be an overwhelming and stressful time. The following advice is strictly for URGENT situations. If you have any concerns about your baby’s nutrition, please talk with your pediatrician.

Children’s Minnesota nurse rallies support for Ukraine

For Tanya Russell, a registered nurse at Children's Minnesota and native of Ukraine, the crisis in her home country has been devastating. With support from Tanya's community and Children's Minnesota colleagues, they are giving back and making an impact for Ukrainians affected by the war.

Finn’s journey: a cutting-edge program at Children’s Minnesota helps preterm babies go home sooner

A new program at Children’s Minnesota, called The Kid Experts™ At Home monitoring program, allows eligible preterm newborns to go home early.

Peyton’s story: from heart surgery at 4 days old to going home

Peyton has undergone six surgeries. And that was only in the first year of her life. Peyton was born with multiple congenital heart defects (CHD). Her parents Rachel and Ben got the diagnosis at the 20-week ultrasound. It quickly turned their excitement about having their first child into worry.

Breaking the binary: understanding gender expression

In the Talking Pediatrics podcast Breaking the binary: expanding gender identity and expression, Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd, (they/she), medical director of the Gender Health program at Children’s Minnesota, explores gender binary and the importance of expanding gender expression.

Tips to support your child’s mental health

Dr. Sarah Jerstad, a child psychologist at Children’s Minnesota, is talking about the importance of taking care of our mental health.

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Celebrating Ramadan: Dina Elrashidy, PR, external communications manager, shares more

In honor of Ramadan, we are highlighting Children’s Minnesota Kid Experts who are Muslim and may also be members of our Muslim Employee Resource Group, to learn more about their experiences and the significance of Ramadan. We’re excited to introduce you to Dina Elrashidy, public relations and external communications manager at Children’s Minnesota.