Sign Form and Support “Raise the Sale Age to 21 for Tobacco”

Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition

Youth smoking rates in Kansas are higher than the national average. Raising the sale age for tobacco products to 21 could reduce the prevalence of Kansas smoking by 12 percent, saving thousands of lives and millions of dollars. Get involved today! Simply fill out the individual and organizational support forms to let Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition know you are ready to join the fight!

Individual Form

Organizational Form

For more information, follow Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition on Facebook or visit the TFKC website.

The Death Certificate and its Importance to Public Health

The Rural Monitor

As a physician you have had the responsibility of signing a death certificate for a patient.  The death certificate is an important vital statistic document not only to families but for impacting healthcare policy and public health interventions. Read the full article: The Death Certificate: A Document to be Honored and Accurate

Rural Kansas Photography Contest opens Sept. 1

KU Rural Health Education and Services

Do you have an eye for photography or know someone who does? The Rural Kansas Photography Contest opens Sept. 1. To showcase healthcare providers, there is a Healthcare Heroes category.  Focus on a healthcare hero in your community. Grab your camera and shoot a portrait or casual shot and provide a few sentences (600 character max) on why this healthcare hero has earned his/her cape (individuals or a group of any healthcare provider or first responder).  The photo contest is a great way of displaying  what a great place Kansas is for healthcare providers to live, work and play. Go to Rural Kansas Photography Contest  for details including categories, samples, and contest rules. Winners will be voted on by the public on National Rural Health Day, Thursday, Nov. 15. Share this link to sign up for online voting: .



Registration Open for 2018 Breastfeeding Conference

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

Registration is now open for the 2018 Breastfeeding Conference, November 1-2 in Wichita. Register online. Day 1  focuses on building the capacity of local breastfeeding coalitions to successfully create communities supporting breastfeeding. Registration is FREE for Day 1 and will include a KBC membership for 2019 for all attendees. On Friday, November 2, attendees will learn about “hot topics” in lactation to provide clinical skills and breastfeeding knowledge for healthcare professionals and others who serve families. The registration fee for Day 2 is $110. Application for Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) has been submitted to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and for continuing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

New Breastfeeding Data Available

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

The CDC recently released breastfeeding data from the National Immunization Survey (NIS) for babies born in 2015. Good news – rates increased in all measures of breastfeeding in Kansas! Read more.


CDC releases clinical guidance for providers during the Shingrix shortage

IAC Express

In light of the current shortage of recombinant zoster vaccine (Shingrix; GSK), CDC has added the following Q&A to its “Frequently Asked Questions About Shingrix” web page:

Q: What is the clinical guidance during the Shingrix delay?

A: Shingrix is the preferred shingles vaccine. You and patients should make every effort to ensure that two doses are administered within the recommended interval. If more than 6 months have elapsed since the first dose, administer the second dose when possible. Do not restart the vaccine series, and do not substitute Zostavax (zoster vaccine live) for the second dose of Shingrix. If you are out of Shingrix and a patient needs a second dose, the Vaccine Finder may be helpful for patients to locate other providers that have Shingrix.

CDC still recommends Zostavax for healthy adults 60 years and older to prevent shingles. This shingles vaccine may be used in certain cases, such as when a person prefers Zostavax or requests immediate vaccination and Shingrix is unavailable. Patients who have received Zostavax are recommended to subsequently receive Shingrix. Age and time since receipt of Zostavax may be considered to determine when to vaccinate with Shingrix (minimum interval of 8 weeks).


Take care of YOU: Register for Free 30 minute RISE Webinar


Register for the RISE Webinar on Wednesday, August 29 – featuring Terry “Lee” Mills, MD, FAAFP, who will present Increasing Joy in Practice, Avoiding Burnout, Building Resilient Practices and Careers. Sign up today!

Join us for the third webinar in the KAFP RISE Webinar Series, interact with Dr. Mills and learn about increasing your joy in practice, avoiding burnout and building a resilient practice and career.

This Live series activity, KAFP RISE Webinar Series, from 01/31/2018 – 10/24/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Each webinar is approved for 0.5 AAFP Prescribed credits. KAFP will submit CME earned for members who participate in live webinars.

There is no charge for the RISE Webinar Series. Registration is required to receive log-in information.


Sign up for “Let’s Move, Kansas” Run/Walk by August 20 for best rate



​The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation is proud to announce the fourth annual Let’s Move, Kansas run/walk. Let’s Move Kansas aims to promote an active, healthy lifestyle for all Kansans. Mark your calendars for October 20, 2018 at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Kansas for this year’s event!

Registration is now open at: Be sure and sign up by August 20 for the early bird rate! $5 discount for residents and medical students ONLY with promo code STURES18.

Proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation.  Join us in motivating Kansans to move, and supporting the future of family medicine!

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita and our platinum sponsor, Grene Vision Group. If your hospital/clinic/company is interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact at Michelle Corkins or 316-721-9005 for more information.


Health Behavior KSA Group Learning Offered in Dodge City


KAFP is offering a Health Behavior KSA Group Learning Session on September 14 in Dodge City.

  • Review 60 core competency questions with experienced family physician faculty.
  • Discuss and learn the best answers with your colleagues.
  • The KAFP reports your answers directly to ABFM on your behalf.
  • Earn 8 live credits of CME immediately. Following your completion of the Clinical Self-Assessment, receive an additional 4 credits.


Friday, September 14, 2018
1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Register at KSA Group Learning.

Western Plains Medical Complex
Conference Room
3001 Avenue A
Dodge City, KS 67801

This Live activity, KAFP Health Behavior KSA Group Learning Session, from 06/13/2018 – 11/30/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  8.00 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.

Last chance! Annals of Family Medicine Call for Papers due August 31


The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), via its role as a Support and Alignment Network for the TCPI, is sponsoring a special issue of the Annals of Family Medicine focused on sharing lessons in practice transformation. The Call for Papers is due August 31. Learn more at Call for Papers: Learning from Practice Transformation. To help stimulate new knowledge relevant to supporting practice improvement and facilitated practice transformation, the Annals of Family Medicine is issuing a call for manuscripts that address learning from practice transformation efforts. Accepted papers will be published in a 2019 supplement to the Annals. Articles with the potential to assess outcomes, describe methods, or otherwise translate learning from these and other practice transformation models will be considered.