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Family Advocacy Day

Children’s Minnesota represents in Washington for Family Advocacy Day

Kelly Wolfe

Children’s offers food in Minneapolis for kids

Free bag lunches are available Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Aug. 26, outside on our Minneapolis campus.

Grand Rounds: Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress: Practical tools for the primary care clinician

January 1, 1970, 12 a.m. – 12 a.m., St. Paul

This week's grand rounds will feature:

Grand Rounds: Investing in our future: Putting at-risk Kids First

January 1, 1970, 12 a.m. – 12 a.m., St. Paul

This week's grand rounds will feature:


Early childhood in America

“The Raising of America” is airing across the U.S. in an effort to spark a national discussion by exploring the history of policies that impact children’s earliest years.

Community Benefit

Every year, a measureable portion of Children’s annual expenses fund community benefit programs and services that promote health and increase access to care. These services include financial assistance, the unreimbursed costs of Medicaid, community health programs and advocacy, medical professional education, and more. These costs are reported to the IRS on the Children's Minnesota 990.

Community Health Needs Assessment

Under the Affordable Care Act, tax-exempt hospitals like Children's are required to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. This assessment identifies health needs in the community through review of secondary data and collection of primary data from community members and leaders.

Join the Children’s advocacy network

Get the latest information on policies that impact children's health, and we will alert you when there is an opportunity to contact your legislators on various issues or engage at a community event.

Our Team

As the advocacy team at Children’s Minnesota, it’s our job to bring health home through active community engagement and strong public policy advocacy. Our work is founded in the understanding that health is largely driven by factors outside of clinical care, a respect for community knowledge and a belief that every child deserves to be healthy and well.  As a result, we work hard to influence federal, state and local public policy decisions and building relationships with organizations and people who share an interest in supporting children and families.

Be the voice for children

Children’s Minnesota can spearhead initiatives that advocate for children’s health and health care, but to get advocacy to really work, we need support from the whole community. That’s where you come in. You can be a voice for children.