Public Hearing for School Immunization Requirement Proposed Changes is June 27

Immunize Kansas Coalition

The public hearing for the proposed regulation changes regarding vaccination for school entry, has been scheduled:

Thursday, June 27 | 10:00 a.m.
Curtis State Office Building, Room 530
1000 SW Jackson, Topeka, KS

For anyone wishing to submit comments:

  • Oral: “During the hearing, all interested parties will be given a reasonable opportunity to present their views orally on the proposed regulation. In order to give each individual an opportunity to present their views, it may be necessary for the hearing office to request that each presenter limit an oral presentation to an appropriate time frame.”
  • Written:  “All interested parties may submit written comments prior to 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing to Phil Griffin” by email, fax, or mail.

Full information is available regarding: Notice of Hearing, Proposed Regulation, Economic Impact Statement

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition Awards Grants to Support Breastfeeding in Kansas

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc.

With a goal of supporting breastfeeding families throughout Kansas, six local breastfeeding coalitions received funding totaling approximately $5,000 from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition (KBC) Mini-Grant Initiative.

The following local breastfeeding coalition projects received funding from the KBC:

  • African-American Breastfeeding Coalition of Wyandotte County – Taking Community Service to the Community
  • Ellis County Breastfeeding Coalition – In My Mother’s Arms: Breastfeeding Photography Exhibit
  • Johnson County Breastfeeding Coalition – Community Awareness of Johnson County Breastfeeding Coalition
  • Lactation Advocates Teaching Community Health (LATCH) – Lyon County William Allen White Auditorium Lactation Room
  • Wichita Area Breastfeeding Coalition – Wichita: Enhancing Community Breastfeeding Support for Black Mothers
  • Wyandotte County Breastfeeding Coalition – Mom & Baby Health Fair 2019

Breastfeeding provides immediate and lifelong nutrition and health benefits for mother and child, as well as larger economic, environmental and social benefits to families and communities. It is estimated suboptimal breastfeeding rates are costing Kansas $26 million each year in medical costs alone.

If Kansas is to realize the long-term benefits of breastfeeding, communities need to work together. All grantees will work in coordination with health care systems, health care providers, public health professionals and community efforts.

Get Involved with ABFM

ABFM

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is searching for board-certified family physicians to provide a fresh perspective and ideas about a variety of issues related to board certification or to serve as a member as a member of a virtual network to provide general and issue-specific feedback that will continually improve the certification process. Here is a list of engagement opportunities:

Kimberly Krohn, MD, MPH, Named Wesley Family Medicine Residency Program Director

KU School of Medicine-Wichita

Kimberly Krohn, MD, MPH, has been named the program director of the KUSM-Wichita Family Medicine Residency Program at Wesley Medical Center.  Dr. Krohn joins the department from North Dakota where she has served as the Program Director of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program in Minot. She has held a number of leadership positions including president of the North Dakota Medical Association, president of the North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, and president of the North Dakota Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Krohn has spoken nationally and internationally on topics such as ADHD in females and diabetes in pregnancy. She has served on the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Health Care Services.

Dr. Krohn received her bachelor of science degree in dietetics from Michigan State University’s Honors College and her Master of Public Health/Health Services Administration degree from the University of Minnesota. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine in 1996 at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Minot Center for Family Medicine where she was chief resident. As a resident, Dr. Krohn received a national Glaxo Wellcome Award, presented to 20 outstanding family medicine residents each year.

Dr. Krohn is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She was chosen as the North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians Family Physician of the Year in 2014. In 2017, she was selected for the North Dakota Medical Association Physician Community and Professional Services Award which recognizes physicians for outstanding leadership and service to the people of North Dakota and to the profession of medicine.

Now Accepting Applications for 2019-20 KAFP Committees

KAFP

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 six committees; Communications, Governmental Advocacy, Finance & Insurance, Membership & Member Services, Practice Enhancement, and Professional Development.  Through committee involvement you can provide input on Academy activities and help advance the mission of the KAFP.

  1. Review the committees and a short description of their work.
  2. Submit your committee application by July 1, 2019. Please note we request two selections, but you are only appointed to one committee.
  3. KAFP will be in touch with you regarding your committee appointment in July.

Please submit your committee application by July 1 to ensure that your request is reviewed during our upcoming appointment process.  If you have questions, please contact kafp@kafponline.org.  Thank you for your interest and commitment to KAFP.

2019 Honorees at Annual Meeting

KAFP

KAFP is pleased to recognize the following award winners and honorees during the Awards & Recognition Lunch on Friday, June 7:

  • Samantha Claassen – Hostetter Student Award
  • Adam Zuzelski – Hostetter Student Award
  • Erin Hoffman, DO – Carol A. Johnson Family Medicine International Scholarship
  • Theresia Neill, MD – Carol A. Johnson Family Medicine International Scholarship
  • Marty Turner, MD, FAAFP – Kansas Exemplary Teaching Award – Volunteer Category
  • Amy Curry, MD, FAAFP – Kansas Exemplary Teaching Award – Full-time / Part-time Category

KAFP is pleased to recognize the following award winners and honorees during the President’s Dinner & Installation on Friday, June 7:

  • John Eplee, MD, FAAFP – 2019 Kansas Family Physician of the Year
  • S. Todd Stephens, MD, FAAFP – 2019 Humanitarian Award
  • Carolyn Gaughan, CAE  – 30 Years of Service as KAFP Executive Vice President
  • Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP  – In-coming 2019-20 KAFP President

Still need to register? Register securely today online!

June 5, 2019 | 1:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Session:
MAT Waiver Training
Free for KAFP members

June 6-8, 2019

KAFP Annual Meeting
Connect. Interact. Learn.
Wichita Marriott, Wichita, KS

This Live activity, Kansas-AFP 2019 Annual Meeting, with a beginning date of 06/05/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 20.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

2019 District & Faculty Director Election Results Announced

KAFP

Congratulations to the following members who were elected to serve in districts 1, 3, 5, and 7 and faculty directors to serve Wichita and Kansas City campuses. And many thanks to all who ran – your participation is most appreciated.

Click here for District County Map.

Secretary, delegate and alternate delegate elections will be held in-person at the Annual Meeting during the Member Meeting on June 7, 2019 in Wichita.  View candidate statements before voting:

Register to attend the Annual Meeting!

Join us for Annual Meeting Fun!

 Register by May 15 to guarantee Fun Run & Walk T-shirt
KAFP

The KAFP Annual Meeting has plenty of fun at the conference in store for you. Check out these special events:

  • Wednesday, June 5 (pre-conference), 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Wichita Marriott: STORM Alumni & Preceptor Reunion by KPPEPR and KUMC. Free for alumni. Must register in advance.
  • Thursday, June 6, 7:00 – 9:30 pm at Mark Arts, Wichita: KAFP-Foundation Wine Tasting & Auction. $75/per ticket. Pay with conference registration or separately online. Thank you to Wichita Surgical Specialists for supporting this event.
  • Friday, June 7,  6:00 – 7:00 am at the Wichita Marriott: KAFP Fun Run & Walk. Free for conference registrants and guest(s).  Free t-shirt guaranteed to those who register by May 15. Thank you Aledade and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas for supporting this event.
  • Friday, June 7, 6:30 – 9:30 pm at the Wichita Marriott: President’s Reception & Dinner. Free for conference registrants and one guest. Additional charge for more than one guest. Thank you Wichita Urology for supporting the President’s Reception.

Still need to register? Register securely today online!

June 5, 2019 | 1:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Session:
MAT Waiver Training
Free for KAFP members

June 6-8, 2019

KAFP Annual Meeting
Connect. Interact. Learn.
Wichita Marriott, Wichita, KS

This Live activity, Kansas-AFP 2019 Annual Meeting, with a beginning date of 06/05/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 20.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

KAFP Welcomes Tarah Remington Brown as Incoming Executive Vice President

KAFP

Kansas Academy of Family Physicians welcomes Tarah Remington Brown of Kansas City, Missouri as the incoming Executive Vice President. Hired by the KAFP Board of Directors, Ms. Remington Brown joined the KAFP team May 13.  She transitions into the role of KAFP’s Executive Vice President officially on September 1, 2019.  She replaces Carolyn Gaughan, CAE, who is retiring as Executive Vice President on August 31, 2019. Please join us in welcoming Tarah to the KAFP family. Read entire news release.

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AAFP and KAFP Membership Grows

AAFP/KAFP

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Kansas Academy of Family Physicians announces their 2019 membership numbers:

AAFP Membership Benchmark:

Total: 134,600

Active: 72,000

Student: 37,200

Resident: 13,000

KAFP Membership Benchmark:

Total: 1,820

Active: 1,053

Student: 479

Resident: 126

AAFP benchmark numbers have increased by 200 members overall. Our Kansas chapter has grown as well!  We have 1,820 members, an increase of 60.  Thank YOU for your membership.

Do you know someone who isn’t a member but should be?  Check out the Active Membership Benefits and Resident & Student Membership information and how to apply for membership.  For further information or questions contact KAFP at kafp@kafponline.org or 316-721-9005.