Advocacy Day

January 30, 2019

10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
623 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, Kansas

5:45 – 7:30 p.m.
Dillon House
404 SW 9th St., Topeka, Kansas

Advocacy Day is for family physicians, general surgeons, ER physicians, general internists, residents and medical students who are interested in learning more about how to advocate for medicine. The event will energize, prepare and inform you about the Kansas legislative session. Advocacy Day features speakers presenting information on healthcare issues expected to come up during the session. Following Advocacy Day, please join us for a reception to meet and mingle with legislators and colleagues.

  • KAFP Members
  • $30
  • Non-Members
  • $60
  • Residents & Students
  • Free


8:30 – 10:15 a.m.

KAFP Board of Directors Meeting

10:15 – 10:30

Advocacy Day Registration Opens

10:30 – 10:35

President Jeremy Presley, MD, FAAFP, Kansas Academy of Family Physicians
President Matthew S. Sinnwell, MD FACEP, Kansas Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians
President John H. Ashcraft, DO FACS, Kansas Chapter, American College of Surgeons
President Isaac O. Opole, MD PhD FACP, Kansas Chapter, American College of Physicians

10:35 – 11:15

Issues Expected to Arise in the 2019 Legislative Session
Rachelle Colombo, KMS Director of Government Affairs
Dodie Wellshear, KAFP Government Relations Liaison

11:15 – 11:30

Tobacco 21
Jordan Fuerborn, American Cancer Society

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

How to Engage with Legislators
Stephanie Sharp

12:30 –1:15 p.m.


Leave for the Capitol following lunch.

12:45 –12:50 p.m.

Advocating for the High BMI Patient: Why Bariatric Surgery Coverage is so Important
James J. Hamilton Jr., MD, FACS

1:30 – 2:45

At Capitol to meet with Legislators
Schedule time to meet with your legislators; find your elected officials.

2:45 – 3:00

Return to KMS/KAMMCO Building.

3:00 – 4:00

Primary Care Investment
Mike Munger, MD, FAAFP, AAFP Board Chair

4:00 – 5:30

Kansas Policy Makers’ Perspectives
Sen. Barbara Bollier, Rep. John Eplee, MD, Sen. Vicki Schmidt (4:30 pm)

5:45 – 7:30

Legislative Reception
Dillon House, 404 SW 9th St, Topeka, KS


Topeka Courtyard Marriott

2033 SW Wanamaker Rd.

Topeka, KS 66604

Guests may also call the hotel directly at 785-271-6165 and mention the “Kansas Academy of Family Physicians” or “KAFP” group block.

Room Rate: $126 + tax Reservation Deadline: January 1, 2019

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