NIAM Features #HowIRecommend Vaccination Video Series, plus CME activities for YOU

CDC

Thank you for your support of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) in August by encouraging your patients to be up to date on recommended vaccines.

Check out this new resource, #HowIRecommend Video Series, which offers simple and practical guidance for having successful vaccine conversations with parents and patients. These short videos demonstrate how to make effective vaccine recommendations, address common vaccine questions, and take a team-based approach to vaccination.

CDC has also developed Medscape CME activities to help healthcare professionals have successful conversations with parents about vaccines. Access these CME activities:

Kansas HPV Vaccine Rates Improve Significantly

KDHE

The National Immunization Survey regarding teens released its annual report for 2018 which shows Kansas is improving in vaccine rates for HPV and MenACWY and remaining consistent with Tdap. This report is available in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The survey, which is conducted among teens ages 13 to 17, monitors the vaccines received by adolescents, specifically HPV, MenACWY and Tdap.* “In 2014, Kansas had the lowest coverage in the nation for the HPV vaccine with only 34.4 percent of respondents reporting one or more doses received,” said KDHE Secretary Lee Norman, MD. “I’m very pleased to report that Kansas is now at 62.3 percent coverage in 2018, up significantly from 52.4 percent in 2017.”

Kansas has seen an average increase in HPV coverage of 6.3 percentage points annually since 2014 while the national average increase has been 4.4.

*Vaccine Description:
1. Tdap – protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. The vaccine is recommended for children ages 11-13. The Healthy People 2020 target is 80 percent coverage. Kansas’ 2018 rate is 89.4 percent.
2. MenACWY – protects against certain strains of meningococcal disease. This vaccination is recommended for patients ages 11-13 with a booster dose at age 16. The Healthy People 2020 target is 80 percent. Kansas’ 2018 rate is 75.3 percent.
3. HPV – protects against HPV-related cancers. Two-dose series are recommended for ages 11-13. Doses should be administered six months apart. If the first dose is not given before 15th birthday, a three-dose series is needed. The Healthy People 2020 target is 80 percent. The Kansas 2018 rate is 62.3 for one or more doses.

Reserve Your Date Today

KAFP

It is not too early to sign up to serve as Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) for the 2020 legislative session. Each year during the legislative session, KAFP organizes for a volunteer to serve as the “Family Doctor of the Day” at the state capitol. In preparation for the 2020 legislative session, KAFP is recruiting volunteers to serve. All KAFP members with a Kansas license (including residents) are eligible to volunteer. View the calendar of dates, read more about the program, and complete the volunteer form online today!

Sponsorship Opportunities Close August 31

 
KAFP-Foundation

The KAFP-Foundation challenges you to register today for Let’s Move, Kansas. It will be a fun event for your entire family or clinic!  Join us on Saturday, Oct. 19 for the 5th Annual Let’s Move, Kansas 5K Run/Walk at Sedgwick County Park in Wichita. All proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation. It is a great way to support the Foundation’s programs for residents and students while living a healthy lifestyle and sharing a great day with your friends, family and colleagues!

Register a team and get $3.00 off per registrant AND if you are a resident or medical student, use the discount code STURES19 for an additional $5.00 off per registrant. Rally your co-workers — we will have a team trophy for the largest team! Visit www.LetsMoveKansas.com to see a listing of teams to join!

Sponsorship opportunities close Saturday, Aug. 31. Act now if your hospital, clinic or company is interested in being a sponsor for this event, click here for more information.

Thank you to our  sponsors:

Presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita
Media sponsor, KMUW Wichita 89.1
Platinum sponsors, Grene Vision Group and Wichita Surgical Specialists
Gold sponsors, Advanced Physical Therapy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Premier Property Management
Silver sponsor, Wichita Urology
Bronze sponsors, Post Rock Family Medicine and Wichita Marriott

If you cannot participate in the race on October 19, the KAFP-Foundation would greatly appreciate a donation to support residents and students. Give today.

Donate to Gaughan Leadership Fund

KAFP

This week we are celebrating the retirement of KAFP’s Executive Vice President after 30 years! There is a retirement celebration planned for Wednesday, August 28 at KU School of Medicine. We hope to see you there. Another great way to honor Carolyn and her contributions of leadership and work for the Academy and family medicine is through the support of the Carolyn Gaughan Leadership Fund.  This endowed fund will support medical students and residents from the Wichita campus to participate in leadership development opportunities. Read more about the fund here.

All contributions may be by check made out to KU Endowment (memo: Gaughan Fund), 1010 N. Kansas, Wichita, KS 67214 or make your gift online at www.kuendowment.org/Gaughanfund.

Parent Health Literacy Opportunities Coming Up

Kansas Head Start Association

There are three Parent Health Literacy training upcoming opportunities coming soon!

The training is free for any staff who work directly with parents and patients, supervisors and program directors. Three CEUs are available for $15.

Attendees will receive the resources needed to teach parents how to use the “What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick” book using effective, evidence based teaching methods.

The KHSA Parent Health Literacy project partners with agencies, medical providers, schools and human services organizations who serve families with young children to provide this important health literacy resource.

For more information, visit Parent Health Literacy Project.

AAFP, Other Groups Encourage Well Visits for 16-Year-Olds

AAFP

The AAFP and six other medical and public health organizations have teamed up to publish a Dear Colleague” open letter(2 page PDF) that encourages family physicians and other health care professionals to ensure that 16-year-old patients are seen for a well visit. During that visit, say the groups, these teens should receive vaccines recommended for them by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in its Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for Ages 18 Years or Younger.(www.cdc.gov)

The Aug. 1 letter was signed by AAFP Board Chair Michael Munger, M.D., of Overland Park, Kan., along with officials from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College Health Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Pharmacists Association, Immunization Action Coalition and Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

The call for well visits for 16-year-olds derives partly from the results of a JAMA Pediatrics study(jamanetwork.com) published in January 2018, which found that although adolescent well-visit rates increased from 41% before implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to 48% after implementation, those figures remain below recommended levels.

The organizations further state in their letter that a well visit at age 16 would allow physicians to administer catch-up doses of vaccines for HPV, hepatitis A and B, varicella, and other diseases.

PRIME Registry: Building the Future of Primary Care

ABFM

The PRIME Registry is unleashing the potential of patient and community data to build better primary care, helping shift the focus beyond individual disease diagnoses to measuring what really matters to patients and clinicians. Join PRIME Registry, and help shape the future of primary care.

PRIME Includes:

  • More Measures that Matter—through PRIME’s improved array of high-value primary care measures with demonstrated connection to improved outcomes and quality of life.
  • PRIME’s quality dashboard helps identify patients with quality gaps and helps practices see how they are doing compared to their peers.
  • The PHATE tool helps identify patients at risk due to social determinants and provides an in-clinic connection to resources in the patient’s community, while also illuminating areas where resources are needed. PHATE has the potential to help guide more personalized risk-assessment and access to patient resources.
  • Special Offer for ABFM Diplomates: American Board of Family Medicine Diplomates are eligible for three years of PRIME enrollment FREE. After the first three years, the price per Diplomate is $260/year.

Learn More:

The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1L1-15-002 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.

Join a Team!

 
KAFP-Foundation

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 19 for the 5th Annual Let’s Move, Kansas 5K Run/Walk at Sedgwick County Park in Wichita. All proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation. It is a great way to support your Foundation’s programs for residents and students while living a healthy lifestyle and sharing a great day with your friends, family and colleagues!

Register a team and get $3.00 off per registrant AND if you are a resident or medical student, use the discount code STURES19 for an additional $5.00 off per registrant. Rally your co-workers — we will have a team trophy for the largest team! Visit www.LetsMoveKansas.com to see a listing of teams to join!

Our sponsorship opportunities close Aug. 31. If your hospital/clinic/company is interested in being a sponsor for this event, click here for more information. Thank you to our  sponsors!

Presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita
Media sponsor, KMUW Wichita 89.1
Platinum sponsors, Grene Vision Group and Wichita Surgical Specialists
Gold sponsors, Advanced Physical Therapy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Premier Property Management
Silver sponsor, Wichita Urology
Bronze sponsors, Post Rock Family Medicine and Wichita Marriott

Medical Aid in Dying / Physician-Assisted Suicide Survey deadline is August 26

KAFP

All KAFP voting members (active, resident, life members) received an email a few weeks ago from President Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP providing notification of a survey that was launched on Aug. 12. The survey seeks the membership’s input on the topic of medical aid in dying/physician-assisted suicide, to provide valuable feedback to our delegates and alternate delegates who will travel to Philadelphia in September for the AAFP’s Congress of Delegates.

To gather unbiased input from the membership, KAFP has contracted with eAutoFeedback, LLC, a third-party independent survey company, to conduct the confidential survey and report back to KAFP’s Board of Directors. All responses will be anonymous and data will be reported only in aggregate.

If you are an active, resident or life member who did not receive the survey request, please check your junk/spam folder for an email from info@kafponline.org. A reminder was sent Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. If it is not there, let us know at info@kafponline.org Thank you for your time and attention on these important matters.