KAFP

Be ready for the 2019 Legislative Session and attend Advocacy Day with us on January 30. Be informed about healthcare issues expected to arise in the 2019 Legislative Session. Hot topics include Tobacco 21 and Primary Care Investment. Take notes on how to engage with legislators. Visit the State Capitol to meet with legislators. And finally, hear from legislators themselves who will share their perspectives on the new session.

Directly after the day activities, head over to the Dillon House where there will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity to meet face-to-face with legislators.

Wednesday, Jan. 30
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
KMS/KaMMCO Building
623 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66612

Reception at Dillon House 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.
404 SW 9th St, Topeka, KS 66612

As you prepare to attend Advocacy Day, you are encouraged to make appointments to visit with your representatives. We have allowed time between 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. for you to meet with your representatives. Find your elected officials.

Registration is FREE for residents & students; $30 for members and $60 for non-members.

KUSM-Wichita

The University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita (KUSM- Wichita) seeks family physician faculty for medical student and residency education.

  • An average of 25% of KUSM – Wichita medical students enter family medicine residency positions each year.
  • Top 10 ranking in GME outcomes for primary care, rural practice and HPSA practice (Academic Medicine 2013;88:1267–1280).
  • Outstanding medical students, residents and faculty colleagues.
  • KUSM-Wichita is recognized for outstanding clinical teaching.
  • New medical school curriculum emphasizes small group problem-based learning and early clinical experiences.
  • Campus expansion offers a wide variety of teaching opportunities.
  • Excellent salary and benefit package.

To apply on-line:

For more information, contact Rick Kellerman MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, KUSM-Wichita, rkellerm@kumc.edu or 316-293-2607, 1010 North Kansas, Wichita, KS, 67214.

KU Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

TFKC

Interested in fighting tobacco to make Kansans stronger, healthier and tobacco-free? Join Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition (TFKC)! View Membership Card.

Membership is free and offers these these benefits:

  • Develop new partnerships thru committee work
  • Inform local coalitions on state tobacco issues
  • Provide expert testimony on state bills
  • Participate in special training opportunities
  • Enhance leadership skills as a Board member

Already a member? Nominations for the South Central Region Representative are currently being accepted. Candidates need to be in good standing with the Coalition and a member of TFKC for at least six months. TFKC has monthly board conference calls, and committee assignments. Attendance is strongly advised for voting abilities. Submit a nomination.

 

CDC

CDC stated in its Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, FluView, that as of the week ending December 29, influenza activity was increasing in the U.S. Two influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to CDC during week 52, for a total of 13 influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported for the 2018–2019 season. At this time, hospitalization rates in children younger than 5 years old (14.5 per 100,000) are the highest among all age groups. Last season, there was a record-setting number of pediatric deaths in the U.S. (172), so be sure to protect all your patients for whom vaccination is recommended.

Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. If you don’t provide influenza vaccination in your clinic, please recommend vaccination to your patients and refer them to a clinic or pharmacy that provides vaccines or to the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to locate sites near their workplaces or homes that offer influenza vaccination services.

American Cancer Society

The death rate from cancer in the U.S. has declined steadily over the past 25 years, according to annual statistics reporting from the American Cancer Society. As of 2016, the cancer death rate for men and women combined had fallen 27 percent from its peak in 1991. This decline translates to about 1.5 percent per year and more than 2.6 million deaths avoided between 1991 and 2016.

The drop in cancer mortality is mostly due to steady reductions in smoking and advances in early detection and treatment. But not all populations are benefiting. Although the racial gap in cancer deaths is slowly narrowing, socioeconomic inequalities are widening. “Cancer Statistics, 2019,” published in the American Cancer Society’s journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, estimates the numbers of new cancer cases and deaths expected in the U.S. this year. The estimates are some of the most widely quoted cancer statistics in the world. The information is also released in a companion report, Cancer Facts and Figures 2019, available on the interactive website, the Cancer Statistics Center.

A total of 1,762,450 new cancer cases and 606,880 deaths from cancer are expected to occur in the U.S. in 2019. During the most recent decade of available data (2006 – 2015), the rate of new cancer diagnoses decreased by about 2 percent per year in men and stayed about the same in women. The cancer death rate (2007 – 2016) declined by 1.4 percent per year in women and 1.8 percent per year in men.

KAFP

AAFP has two Leadership Conferences you are encouraged to attend if interested in leadership opportunities! AAFP’s National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) and AAFP Leadership Conference are both held in Kansas City, Missouri, April 25-27, 2019 (pre-conference April 24).

The Leadership Conference serves as a great orientation for emerging leaders who serve, or who are interested in serving, on the KAFP board or in leadership positions in other organizations. NCCL is the AAFP’s forum to address member issues specific to women, minorities, new physicians, international medical graduates (IMG) and GLBT physicians. The KAFP is seeking representatives from the following categories to attend: IMG, new physician, women, and minorities. By Board policy, KAFP will reimburse designated representatives to attend. Contact Carolyn kafp@kafponline.org or 316-721-9005) with a note expressing your interest by March 1, 2019.

KAFP

The 2019 Kansas Legislative Session started yesterday, January 14!  Join us in welcoming Governor Kelly and a new House of Representatives. There will be opportunities to improve the health of Kansans as well as challenges to previous gains. Please join us in actively supporting and promoting these initiatives that put the health of Kansans first! As an advocate, you will receive email updates “Legislative Update” on the progress of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians legislative efforts by KAFP Government Relations Liaison Dodie Wellshear.  You may be asked to take action via email, phone calls, and visits with your legislators. Together, we will make a difference in the lives of Kansans.  There are three things you can do to help us have a successful legislative session:

 

KAFP

The legislative session is right around the corner!  The legislative session kicks off January 14 with President Jeremy Presley, MD, FAAFP serving as the Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) for the first two days. We invite all of our active members (including residents) with a Kansas license, to serve as the FDOD at the Statehouse during the legislative session. Please check your calendars and see if you are available.

Your time is appreciated! 

Upcoming open dates include:
February 1, 5
March 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26

FDOD volunteers report to the Capitol Building in Topeka at 9:00 a.m. and stay until 3:00 p.m. taking care of legislators, staff and sometimes even visitors who need medical attention.

Thank you to all of our FDOD volunteers!

IAC Express

CDC reports that flu activity is elevated and 11 children have died of influenza; please keep vaccinating your patients.

CDC stated in its Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, FluView, that as of the week ending December 22, influenza activity was increasing in the U.S. Four influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to CDC during week 51, for a total of 11 influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported for the 2018–2019 season. Last season, there was a record-setting number of pediatric deaths in the U.S. (172), so be sure to protect all your patients for whom vaccination is recommended.

Access the CDC complete report: 2018–2019 Flu Season: Flu Activity Elevated Nationally.

NAMI

Attention KanCare providers: The information card explaining the expanded KanCare benefits for tobacco cessation has been updated to include 2019 KanCare MCOs. Thank you for your continued partnership in providing this information to your patients. Please print the information cards in-house or contact Kim Neufeld to request a quantity of the printed cards. Download 2019 KanCare Tobacco Cessation Card.