AAFP is offering a renewal incentive to active members who pay their 2021 dues in full by December 31, 2020. The renewal incentive is a FREE livestream CME half-day session of their choice. Renew today!
Requirements for this dues incentive:
  • Must be an active member
  • Must pay 2021 dues in full no later than Dec. 31, 2020
Great news to share with your patients! Individuals who qualify and enroll in the Kansas Tobacco Quitline Behavioral Health Program will receive four weeks of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (choice of gum, patch, lozenge) after the completion of the second coaching call. The NRT will shipped to the home of the enrollee free of charge. (Prior to this change, only 2 weeks of NRT was provided after the completion of the first coaching call.) The Behavioral Health Program includes a total of 7 calls.
How to qualify for the Behavioral Health Program: Patients can call the Kansas Quitline at 1-800-784-8669. During the Quitline’s intake process, the caller will be asked if they live with mental illness or drug or alcohol use disorder. Diagnoses included are bipolar disorder, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Callers who report being diagnosed with any of these conditions will be offered enrollment in the Behavioral Health Program.
For questions, contact Matthew Schrock, Cessation Coordinator, KDHE Bureau of Health Promotion, Matthew.Schrock@ks.gov, 316-207-2244. For resources and to rder free KanQuit materials visit KDHE website.
Kansas has some of the best family doctors! Help showcase the great work of our members by nominating an outstanding family physician you know for one of KAFP’s recognition awards.
The submission deadline of 2021 nominees is Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.
KAFP is seeking nominations for the following awards:
Kansas Family Physician of the Year This award recognizes a KAFP physician member living and working in Kansas who is directly and effectively involved in community affairs and activities that enhance their community and the quality of life of their patients.
Rising Star Award This is a new award this year! This award recognizes a Kansas physician member who has practiced family medicine for less than 10 years after residency or fellowship training and is a rising star in leadership within their local community and family medicine.
Kansas Exemplary Teaching (two categories: full-time/part-time faculty and volunteer faculty) Through these annual awards, KAFP recognizes members with exemplary teaching skills, who have implemented educational programs and/or developed innovative teaching models.
Do you know a Kansas family physician deserving of any of these honors? KAFP wants to hear from you! Contact KAFP with questions or to confirm a nominee is a member.

The AAFP website and mobile app have been launched! You should have received an email earlier this week about the change. Your email address will be your default username for both the website and mobile app. Make sure to confirm that the AAFP has your preferred email address on file if you have not already done so. If you’re using a shared email address (such as a generic practice address) that is also used by other AAFP members, you will need to add a unique email address to receive access. If you need assistance with your email, you can contact the Member Resource Center at AAFP@AAFP.org or 800-274-2237.


The quarterly journal, Kansas Family Physician is now available online. You will soon receive your copy in the mail. Inside you will find:

  • KAFP’s 2021 governance leadership
  • Kansas Exemplary Teaching Award winners and Humanitarian Award recipient
  • A special guest for our Member Spotlight
  • 2020 AAFP Board of Directors candidate
  • A fascinating article on climate change and more!

You can view this issue of the Kansas Family Physician along with past issues on the KAFP website — click here.


We continue to update and reorganize KAFP’s COVID-19 resource page on the KAFP website for our members, including most recently a section for “Back to School” resources for your school-age patients and their parents.

Be sure to bookmark the COVID-19 web page to easily find all resources in one location. Bookmark https://kafponline.org/COVID-19

If you have additional resources that are not included on our resource page, please let us know at info@kafponline.org.


Calling all medical students! You are invited to attend this virtual Kansas Family Medicine Residency Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 6:00 p.m. CST, featuring presentations from our four residency programs:

  • Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency
  • KU Family Medicine Residency
  • Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency
  • Wesley Family Medicine Residency

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with each of the residency program’s residents and faculty!

Register today!

KAFP calls all members to volunteer to serve on an active committee or task force for 2020-2021. Through committee involvement you can provide input on Academy activities and help advance the mission of the KAFP.
The following active committees and task forces are seeking volunteers:
  • Communications/Awards Committee
  • Governmental Advocacy Committee
  • Membership & Member Services Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Governance Restructure Task Force
  • Implicit Bias Training Task Force
  • Rural Health Summit Task Force
You can review the committees/task forces and a short description of their work and apply at: KAFPonline.org/about-us/board-of-directors/committees
Please submit your committee application by July 30 to ensure that your request is reviewed during our upcoming appointment process. If you have questions, please contact info@kafponline.org. Thank you for your interest and commitment to KAFP.
KAFP’s Government Relations Liaison, Dodie Wellshear has provided a summary of the 2020 legislative session. Access the 2020 Legislative Summary along with Legislative Updates throughout the session here.
Legislation passed included:
  • HB 2016 – Omnibus COVID-19 Response
  • Healthcare Provider Immunity (Section 10)
  • Telemedicine (Section 20)
  • Hospitals and Medical Care Facilities (Section 21)
  • Temporary Emergency License (Section 22)
  • Temporary Licensure Measures for Additional Healthcare Providers (Section 23)
  • Critical Access Hospitals (Section 39)
Legislation not passed included:
  • SB 252 – KanCare Expansion
  • SB 493 – Health Care Stabilization Fund
  • HB 2412 – APRN Expanded Scope of Practice without Collaborative Practice Agreement
  • HB 2563 – Increasing the Age to Purchase or Possess Cigarettes, E-cigarettes, & Tobacco Products
  • HB 2570 – Limiting Certain Opioid Prescriptions to Seven-Day Supply
  • HB 2601 – Restricting Authority of KDHE to Specify School Immunization Requirements
We continue to update the COVID-19 resource page on the KAFP website for our members, including most recently, the educational opportunity: Lessons Learned in Finney County.
Be sure to bookmark the COVID-19 web page to easily find all resources in one location. Bookmark https://kafponline.org/COVID-19
Don’t forget to tune into AAFP’s valuable CME opportunities: