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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:

Community Benefit

Every year, a measurable 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

Join the Children’s Minnesota 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.

Early childhood development

From birth to age three, we have a remarkable opportunity to influence the entire trajectory of a child’s life. We know that 80 percent of brain development occurs by age three. In Minnesota, that means more than 200,000 children are in this critical stage of development.

Health equity

Children's Minnesota’s work on health equity goes beyond the advocacy department. However, we are proud to be engaged in efforts geared toward ensuring every child is supported in his or her health and wellbeing. We are doing this in general ways through active relationship-building with communities of color as well as through more specific efforts. For example, Children’s hosts an American Indian Community Collaboration, which is driven by our American Indian liaison and guided through a co-leadership structure with members of the American Indian community. This work is focused on enhancing patient/family experience within our system, identifying and addressing specific disparities and fostering external relationships that can support health and wellbeing for American Indian children in their community and through their own cultural assets.

Health care delivery innovation

Health care is evolving and there is an increasing focus on ensuring high quality care delivered with the greatest value. Children's Minnesota has been a long-time partner in efforts to reform care delivery models.

Medical Education

As the state’s largest pediatric health care provider, Children's Minnesota trains the majority of pediatric primary and specialty care providers in the state. Every year, we train approximately 350 students, residents and fellows in a variety of pediatric specialties. With guidance from our expert clinicians, students learn about meeting the unique needs of children, from one-pound preemies to adolescents as they grow and change.