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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COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for kids 12+ approved, and more

The CDC approved the FDA's emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to allow kids ages 12 years and older to get a single booster dose, and more.

Celebrating Diwali

Monisha Husom, neonatal nurse practitioner and educator, shares more about how she celebrates Diwali and talks more about her work at Children’s Minnesota.

Two members discuss the importance of our equity and inclusion team

Brianna Scott and Keisha Powell discuss the importance of our equity and inclusion team.

Why the Wyrobek family looks forward to the long-awaited vaccine

Nico Wyrobek’s household is full – she and her husband have seven kids who keep them busy. While three are adults who are out of the house and have long since been vaccinated against COVID-19, the family still has four young children who have yet to be eligible for the vaccine. Nico talks about the struggles her family has faced during the pandemic and why her young kids can't wait for their turn to finally get their shots.

Community Connect helps families find critical resources and thrive

At Children’s Minnesota, we know that good health requires more than good health care. In fact, 80% of a child’s health is tied to where they live, learn and play. That’s why we have the Community Connect program. The program helps connect families in our Minneapolis and St. Paul Primary Care Clinics to existing community resources.

Helping baby Javier – and his family – breathe easier

Mindy Torres has dedicated three years to working at Children’s Minnesota. When Mindy was just 22.6 weeks pregnant, her water broke due to a pregnancy complication and her baby Javier was then born at just 24.3 weeks, which meant that he was nearly four months premature! Javier was immediately brought to the NICU where he spent 133 days slowly getting stronger and stronger every day.

Wraparound care makes all the difference to the Mendoza family

Tips to support kids if they come out as LGBTQ to you

When a child or teen comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ), it’s normal for a parent or guardian to have potentially complex feelings, from confused to concerned, awkward to honored. Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd offers tips on how to support kids in the coming out process.

Elliot accomplishes his goal, one step at a time

Recently, Elliot, diagnosed with spina bifida before he was born, set one very important goal for himself: he wanted to ride the bus to school. But there was one thing in his way. He needed to learn to climb the bus stairs by himself.

National Coming Out Day: one employees shares why we celebrate

National Coming Out Day: Ari Elfenbein, emergency medical technician (EMT), shares why we celebrate and the importance of the day.