July 6, 2023

Gender health: Use chosen pronouns for more inclusive care  
Earning a patient's trust is imperative, and one important way to earn trust is to address patients by their chosen name and pronouns. This is particularly important for our transgender and gender diverse patients. 

To build trust with all patients at Children’s Minnesota, employees Steph Romero, clinical support associate, and Erin Januschka, clinical educator, launched a project to encourage care teams to ask patients their chosen names and pronouns during their first meeting. Then they add a pronoun “tag” to the whiteboard in the patient’s room so the rest of the care team could refer to the patient correctly every time they entered. Nurses are also encouraged to offer a name wrist band with their patient’s chosen name and pronouns on it, which is worn in addition to the hospital name band.

These easy actions to address someone by the name and pronouns they’ve chosen for themselves can go a long way to demonstrate inclusivity, dignity, and respect. Read more about using chosen pronouns in a health care setting here
U.S. News & World Report ranks two Children’s Minnesota joint programs as top performing
The Kid Experts at Children’s Minnesota have once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for collaborations with other health care systems.

The Mayo Clinic – Children’s Minnesota Cardiovascular Collaborative has been ranked as top performing in Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals for 2023-2024. The collaborative was also recognized as one of the best for treating children with severe congenital heart defects. Read more about the collaborative here.

The nephrology program collaboration between Children’s Minnesota and M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital also ranked as a 2023-2024 Best Children’s Hospital for Nephrology.
Join us at the Twin Cities Pediatric Update, Sept. 21-22, 2023
Three keynote speakers have been announced – and you won’t want to miss them. Register now for the 5th annual Twin Cities Pediatric Update conference!
  • Dr. Roy Antony Guerrero, MD, FAAP, was the only pediatrician in Uvalde, Texas, on the day of the horrific Robb Elementary school shooting. He will talk about being called to the hospital to assist that day and what has happened in Uvalde since the shooting.  
  • Emma Benoit was left paralyzed after she attempted suicide at age 16. Her painful experience led her to help others with her story and shine a light on the youth suicide epidemic. 
  • Dr. Veronica Gomez-Lobo, MD, is a pediatric and adolescent obstetrician gynecologist currently serving as senior clinician and director of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Program within the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She has published and lectured extensively regarding issues in the field of pediatric gynecology, including fertility preservation, differences in sex development, congenital anomalies and transgender care. 
One more keynote speaker will soon be announced, along with a full program of plenary sessions on the latest news and advances in pediatrics.  

Participants may join the conference in-person at the Wilf Family Center at M Health Fairview Masonic Children's Hospital, or virtually. Register here.   
Children’s Minnesota named a Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality
Children’s Minnesota is a 2022 LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader, a designation made by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s (HRC) Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). The HEI is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey of healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors, and employees. Fewer than 500 healthcare providers nationwide earned a top score of 100 points on the 2022 HEI survey, which is fielded every two years.

“This designation underscores our commitment as the kid experts to build a better future for all children by centering diversity, equity and inclusion into the heart of everything we do,” said Dr. Marc Gorelick, MD, MSCE, president and chief executive officer at Children’s Minnesota. “This honor also recognizes our commitment to creating a space where everyone who comes through our doors feels valued, supported and respected, from our incredible employees to our volunteers and guests.”

Children’s Minnesota is dedicated to serve as an essential partner and resource for LGBTQ+ youth and families along their journey, and committed to being an equitable and inclusive employer.

Read more about the designation here
Pediatric allergy updates 
More than 1 in 4 kids in the U.S. have reported having a seasonal allergy, eczema, or a food allergy. In the Talking Pediatrics episode, “Tis the season: Updates in pediatric allergy diagnosis and treatment,” host Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd and board-certified pediatric allergist and immunologist Dr. Nicole Chase talk about the latest clinical information for allergies in kids.

Helping a family navigate allergies in their child, especially with certain foods, doesn’t always include referring the child to an allergy specialist and ordering extensive lab tests. Similarly, before making a specialist referral for seasonal allergies, pediatricians can first advise trying over the counter allergy medications that were previously available only by prescription. 

Read more about pediatric allergy updates here. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript here.

Children’s Minnesota 2022 Annual Report 
The 2022 Children’s Minnesota Annual Report looks at how we continue to care for kids’ health when they visit our hospitals and clinics, and wherever they live, learn and play. 

“We had a lot to be proud of in 2022,” said Dr. Marc Gorelick, MD, MSCE, president and chief executive officer at Children’s Minnesota. “We reached some major milestones, and we met some major challenges. Through it all, our kid experts went above and beyond, providing outstanding care for children in our community."

Children’s Minnesota had many groundbreaking advances in pediatric care in 2022, including: 
  • The 12th heart transplant at Children’s Minnesota since 2018
  • The opening of our first inpatient mental health unit
  • A first-of-its-kind fetoscopic spina bifida surgery in Minnesota
  • A unique neonatal home monitoring program
  • Establishing The Collective for Community Health to address structural racism and disparities in pediatric health care
We will continue to provide cutting edge, award-winning care to kids throughout Minnesota and the upper Midwest for many years to come.  Read the 2022 Annual Report.
Virtual Grand Rounds
Every Thursday, 8 - 9 a.m.

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Watch the Grand Rounds session: 
"LGBTQ+ inclusive sexual health conversations with youth"
Talking Pediatrics podcast
Join us as we bring intriguing stories and relevant pediatric health care information and partner with you in the care of your patients. Our guests, data, ideas and practical tips will surprise, challenge and perhaps change how you care for kids.

Listen to the previously recorded Talking Pediatrics:
"Trailblazers: Rep. Leigh Finke," the first openly transgender woman to serve in the Minnesota Legislature.
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