Advocacy Day

January 29, 2020

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
623 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS

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 energizes, prepares and informs you about the Kansas legislative session. Advocacy Day features speakers presenting information on healthcare issues expected to come up during the session.

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


9:30 a.m.

Advocacy Day Registration Opens

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Welcome, by President Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP, Kansas Academy of Family Physicians; President Matthew S. Sinnwell, MD, FACEP, Kansas Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians; President Jennifer McAllaster, MD, FACS, Kansas Chapter, American College of Surgeons; Governor-elect Ky Stoltzfus, MD, FACP, Kansas Chapter, American College of Physicians

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Tobacco 21, by Lee Norman, MD, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Secretary & Christina Cowart, MSW, Kansas Grassroots Manager, American Cancer Society – Cancer Action Network

  • Tenants of Tobacco 21 legislature
  • Impact of lack of access to pharmaceuticals to treat nicotine-addicted teens

11:15 a.m. – noon

Medicaid Expansion, by April Holman, Executive Director, Alliance for a Healthy Kansas

  • Comparison of house bill passed last year and proposed Senate plan

Noon – 1:00 p.m.


12:20 – 12:35  p.m.

KAFP Legislative Priorities Overview, by Dan Dickerson, MD, PhD, FAAFP, Governmental Advocacy Committee (GAC) Chair

12:35 – 12:45 p.m.

Issues Expected to Arise in the 2020 Legislative Session, by Rachelle Colombo, Kansas Medical Society (KMS) Executive Director and Director of Government Affairs and Dodie Wellshear, KAFP Government Relations Liaison

1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

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

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Break, return from Capitol to KAMMCO Building

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Immunization, Julie Wood, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Senior Vice President for Health of the Public, Science and Interprofessional Activities, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

  • National legislative policies regarding immunization requirements and patient rights of refusal

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Updates regarding Hilburn Case, Kurt Scott, President & CEO, KAMMCO

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Kansas Policy Makers’ Perspectives

4:00 p.m. Senator Jim Denning, Senate Majority Leader (R)
4:20 p.m. Rep. Monica Murnan, Ranking Minority Member House Health and Human Services Committee (D)
4:40 p.m. Rep. John Eplee, MD, Vice Chair, House Health & Human Services Committee (R)

5:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks


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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