Last Chance to Apply for a KAFP 2019-20 Committee


If you have been contemplating applying for a KAFP Committee, respond by Monday, July 1.  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 Dr. Beard’s committee appointments 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  Thank you for your interest and commitment to KAFP.

Registration Open for Chronic Disease Self Management for Cancer Survivors Workshop

Quality Improvement Organizations/Great Plains Quality Innovation Network/KDHE

The Chronic Disease Self-Management for Cancer Survivors workshop is available for FREE for cancer survivors, those living with cancer, and their caregivers.  This workshop meets weekly at WSU Old Town in Wichita from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, June 25- August 6. Pre-registration is required. Call or email Alissa Rankin: 316.978.3464 or Please share this resource with your cancer patients [download PDF].

13th Biennial Breasfeeding: Baby’s Natural Choice Conference

University of Nebraska Medical Center

The Breastfeeding: Baby’s Natural Choice Conference will be held on Wed., Aug. 28, 2019 at the La Vista Conference Center, La Vista, Nebraska.  Continuing education will be provided for physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, dietitians, social workers, licensed medical nutrition therapists and nurse midwives. This year’s conference will provide education on tongue-tie, infant latch, getting breastfeeding off to a good start, milk production, physical activity and breastfeeding, as well as the father’s role. The early bird fee of $115 is offered until July 31. Registration deadline is August 21. No walk-ins. Read more in conference brochure.


Practical Playbook II Offers Guide to Better Population Health


A great resource to help primary care and public health work together to improve the population health and reduce health care costs is the new book, The Practical Playbook II: Building Multisector Partnerships That Work which expands on the themes of the original textbook, providing examples of successful primary care/public health collaborations while offering tools and methods for family physicians and others who want to improve the health of their communities. Read more about this resource and how it can help you and your practice.


CDC Resources Offer Tools on Vaccine Administration, Safety, and More


CDC has developed a comprehensive web section of immunization resources to help support healthcare professionals. CDC’s Resources for Health Care Providers web section offers a variety of immunization resources which are described below.

Be sure to check out the information and printable materials available at CDC’s Resources for Health Care Providers web section.

Enrollment in Kansas Health Insurance Marketplace Decline

Kansas Health Institute

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final summary data for the sixth open enrollment period of the health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The latest issue brief from the Kansas Health Institute examines the results for the 2019 plan year, during which 89,993 Kansans — 8,245 fewer than the previous year — selected or were automatically re-enrolled in a marketplace plan. Read the full article.

Register for Upcoming RISE Webinar: July 24


The RISE program is a wellness initiative of KAFP designed to help Kansas family physicians RISE above burnout. Register for the upcoming free RISE Webinar Series on Wednesday, July 24, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. “Nurturing A Heart of Service Without Burning Out,” with presenter Amaryllis Sanches Wohlever, MD.

There is no charge for the RISE Webinar Series. However, registration is required to receive the log-in information for the webinar.

RISE resources include:

RISE: Restore, Invigorate, Strengthen, Energize.

Office of Rural Prosperity Listening Tour Kick-Off

Kansas Governor’s Office

The Office of Rural Prosperity Listening Tour kicked off Monday, June 17.  Lt. Governor Lee Rogers is visiting rural committees to garner input for the Office of Rural Prosperity. If you live or work in a rural Kansas community, your input is needed!

This upcoming series will include 12 public listening sessions designed to give Kansans the opportunity to share their thoughts directly with the Lt. Governor during a 90-minute facilitated conversation. These sessions will begin with brief opening remarks, and attendants will then be divided into small facilitator groups to answer three questions:

  1. How do we define prosperity – what does in mean in your community?
  2. What has the community done well to prosper?
  3. What barriers or roadblocks stand in the way of future prosperity?

The Lt. Governor would like to hear from a wide and diverse group of Kansans during these listening sessions. For more details on each session, including registration details, visit

Scheduled tour locations include: Nickerson (June 17), Atchison (June 20), Colby (June 24),  Philipsburg (June 25), Winfield (July 8), Lindsborg (July 8), Garnett (July 22), Independence (July 23), Ulysses (July 30), Concordia (August 1), Sabetha (August 5), and Dodge City (August 7).

2019 KAFP Award Honorees


The KAFP congratulates the following members who were recognized at this year’s Annual Meeting:

  • Kansas Family Physician of the Year: John Eplee, MD, FAAFP (Atchison)
  • Kansas Humanitarian Award: S. Todd Stephens, MD, FAAFP (Wichita)
  • 30 Years of Service: Carolyn Gaughan, CAE (Wichita)
  • Kansas Exemplary Teaching (full time): Amy Curry, MD, FAAFP (Wichita)
  • Kansas Exemplary Teaching (volunteer): Marty Turner, MD, FAAFP (Rose Hill)
  • KAFP-Foundation Hostetter Student Awards: Samantha Claassen (KUSM-Wichita); and Adam Zuzelski (KUSM-KC)
  • Carol A Johnson MD Family Medicine International Mission Scholarships: Erin Hoffman, DO, Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program (Wichita) and Theresia Neill, MD, Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program (Salina)

AAFP Fellows: Amy Curry, MD, FAAFP (Wichita); Debra Doubek, MD, FAAFP (Manhattan); Robyn Hartvickson, MD, FAAFP (Newton); and unable to attend, Timothy Lawton, MD, FAAFP (Wichita).

The Kansas Family Physician summer edition will feature highlights of these honorees. You may also find photos on Facebook.

2019-20 KAFP Officers Elected


Members elected KAFP officers and leaders at the Member Meeting on Friday, June 7. The elected officers were sworn in by AAFP Vice Speaker, Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP of Stillwell, Kan. Introducing the 2019-20 slate of officers:

President: Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP (Wichita)
President-Elect: Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP (Lawrence)
Vice President: Jen Bacani McKenney, MD, FAAFP (Fredonia)
Secretary: Debra Doubek, MD, FAAFP (Manhattan)
Treasurer: Gretchen Irwin, MD, MBA, FAAFP (Wichita)
Delegate: Jen Brull, MD, FAAFP (Plainville)
Delegate: Doug Gruenbacher, MD (Quinter)
Alternate Delegate: Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP (Plainville)
Alternate Delegate: Diane Steere, MD (Wichita)

Jeremy Presley, MD, FAAFP (Dodge City) automatically succeeded to Board Chair for the 2019-20 programming year. We cannot express enough how much we appreciate Dr. Presley for his leadership, level-headed approach, friendship and service throughout his ascension on the KAFP Board of Directors and we look forward to his Board chair service this year. Thank you, Dr. Presley!