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Dr. Gigi Chawla featured in Metro Doctors, shares her best practices for physicians finding and using their authentic voice

Dr. Gigi Chawla, MD, MHA, vice president and chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota and medical director of Reach Out and Read Minnesota, was featured in the fall 2021 issue of Metro Doctors titled, “Advocacy beyond the clinic.”

Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd applauds Gov. Walz ban on conversion therapy

Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd, medical director of the Gender Health program at Children’s Minnesota, was invited to the governor’s order to talk about why the ban is important for LGBTQ kids.

Family Advocacy Week 2021 shines a light on the importance of prioritizing kids’ health care

From June 13 to June 18, 50 patients from 40 children’s hospitals across the country gathered virtually for the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) Speak Now For Kids Family Advocacy Week, to raise awareness about the critical role children’s hospitals play in the community. Our 2021 Children’s Minnesota Champion, Sam Jenkins, and his family participated by advocating for funding and programming for children’s hospitals and children with special health care needs in a week of meetings with lawmakers.

The need for affirming health care for transgender youth

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states gender-affirming care is developmentally appropriate care that is oriented toward understanding and appreciating the child’s gender experience.

Business Coalition of the Equality becomes largest business coalition in support of legal LGBTQ equality

Dr. Marc Gorelick, president and CEO of Children’s Minnesota, endorsed joining the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Business Coalition for the Equality Act on behalf of Children’s Minnesota. It has grown to be the largest business coalition in support of legal LGBTQ equality.

Children’s Minnesota promotes James C. Burroughs II to vice president, chief equity and inclusion officer

Equity, diversity and inclusion are key components of Children’s Minnesota’s annual operating plan and a significant strategic focus for 2021 and beyond. The elevation of this role to a vice president with a direct reporting relationship to President and CEO, Dr. Marc Gorelick, demonstrates a commitment to equity and accountability, ending systemic racism in healthcare and delivering equitable care to all patients and families.

Children’s Minnesota hosts election to show kids the importance of voting

Star Studio, our in-house TV station at our Minneapolis and St. Paul hospitals, hosted an election-themed show where our two mascots – Sparkle and Twinkle – competed to win the 2020 Children’s Minnesota election.

Virtual Grand Rounds: Vote for Kids: Improving kids health and transforming pediatric care at the polls

October 1, 2020, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Kelly Wolfe

The 2020 election: Keeping kids in mind

Kelly Wolfe, director or public policy and advocacy at Children’s Minnesota, shares more about kids' issues to consider when voting in the 2020 election.

Virtual Grand Rounds: Liberating Black Wellness: Grappling with the history of Anti-Black Racism, it’s Modern-Day Impact, and the Next Frontier for Pediatrics

September 10, 2020, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Nia Heard-Garris, MD, MSc