Committees

2020-21 Volunteer Applications Now Open!

Looking for a way to get more involved with your Academy?  KAFP is pleased to invite members to volunteer to serve on one of our active committees and/or new task forces listed below. Through committee/task force involvement you can provide input on Academy activities and help advance the mission of the KAFP.

  1. Review the committees and task forces description of their work below.
  2. Submit your volunteer application to be considered for an appointment.
  3. KAFP will be in touch regarding your committee appointment in July.

Communications/Awards Committee

Chair Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP

The charter of this committee is to select our physician award winners and give input and participate in providing Physician Viewpoint and Member Spotlight articles for the Kansas Family Physician.

Volunteer type: Standing committee

Time commitment: Approximately four to six hours annually

Meets: Via video conference/teleconference typically over the lunch hour or early evening during the week

Time frame: August – April

Governmental Advocacy Committee

Chair Daniel Dickerson, MD, PhD, FAAFP

The charter of this committee is to review health care legislation during the current legislative year and help make recommendations to formulate the Academy’s position on bills and in writing/presenting testimony. The committee is involved in proposing the Academy’s legislative agenda for the year. Committee members are encouraged to volunteer in the Family Doctor of the Day program.

Volunteer type: Standing committee

Time commitment: Approximately four hours annually

Meets: Via video conference/teleconference typically over the lunch hour or early evening during the week

Time frame: August – May

Membership & Member Services

Chair Melissa Rosso, MD

The charter of this committee is to provide retention and growth of  KAFP membership and to address member needs and issues.

Volunteer type: Standing committee

Time commitment: Approximately four to six hours annually

Meets: Via video conference/teleconference typically over the lunch hour or early evening during the week

Time frame: August – May

Professional Development

Chair Beth Oller, MD

The charter of this committee is to plan each year’s annual conference and other CME offerings.

Volunteer type: Standing committee

Time commitment: Approximately six to 10 hours annually

Meets: Via video conference/teleconference typically over the lunch hour or early evening during the week

Time frame: August – November; additional hours to moderate sessions during Fam Med Forward

Governance Restructure Task Force

Chair Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP

The charter of this task force is to review the current board structure, committee structure, nominating and elections process, and develop recommendations to restructure the current volunteer succession process. The goal is to allow the KAFP to be more nimble in making decisions, engage a broader group of members and develop members into future board leaders of the Academy. Student and resident participation is encouraged on this task force.

Volunteer type: Project-oriented task force; ending approximately December 2022

Time commitment: Approximately seven to 10 hours annually

Meets: via video conference/teleconference typically over the lunch hour or early evening during the week

Time frame: Currently meets every four to eight weeks

Implicit Bias Training Task Force

Chair TBD

Implicit bias has been demonstrated as pervasive among all health care providers and as having deleterious effects on patient health. However, formal medical education and training is often void of content that provides a framework for identifying and mitigating implicit biases in clinical practice. Recently, the KAFP was awarded a grant from AAFP to host implicit bias training for its members and healthcare employers in Kansas. We seek members who are well-versed in implicit bias (have an understanding of it and the impact on quality healthcare), have received implicit bias training and/or have taught implicit bias training to help develop four to six webinars on this topic and a session for the 2021 Fam Med Forward conference.

Volunteer type: Project-oriented workgroup; ending approximately June 2021

Time commitment: Approximately four hours

Meets: Via video conference/teleconference typically over the lunch hour or early evening during the week

Time frame: August – October

Rural Health Summit Task Force

Chair TBD

The KAFP is one of five chapters awarded a grant through AAFP to host a Rural Health Summit by December 2021. The AAFP initiative commits to helping improve rural health across the country and aims at influencing issues related to rural health. This workgroup will convene subject matter experts on rural health to develop a plan that takes action on addressing the most pressing issues facing their rural communities. Learn more about the initiative here. Our Rural Health Summit Workgroup will work with the Colorado chapter to define learning objectives aligned with and identify presenters for a one-day conference to take place by the end of 2021. Covered topics will include:

  • Physician recruitment and utilizing innovative and collaborative care teams
  • Use of technology to provide obstetric and gynecological care
  • Medicaid and the impact on hospital finances
  • How to engage other specialties to support your community
  • Affecting local, state and federal legislation
  • The impact medical schools can have on improving patient health in rural communities

Volunteer type: Project-oriented workgroup; ending approximately December 2021

Time commitment: Approximately six to 10 hours

Meets: Via video conference/teleconference typically over the lunch hour or early evening during the week

Time frame: October – February

Finance (Inactive)

Finance Committee develops the yearly budget, reviews investments, dues, grants and insurance.

Practice Enhancement (Inactive)

This committee addresses practice transformation, scope of practice, credentialing, integration of technology into practice, improved reimbursement, ACOs, third party payer relations/issues, and payment reform.