Nominate an Exemplary Family Medicine Teacher Today

KAFP

Kansas has some of the best family doctors! Help us showcase the great work of our members by nominating an outstanding family physician you know.

The deadline for submission of 2020 nominees is December 31, 2019.  KAFP is seeking nominations for the following awards:

Previous Exemplary Teaching Award (full-time/part-time and volunteer category) winners include: Drs. Amy Curry and Marty Turner (2019); Patricia Fitzgibbons and Todd Miller (2018); Chantel Long and Stephen Hawks (2017); Tara Neil and Joe Davison (2016); Doug Woolley and Jacques Blackman (2015).  View all past recipients.

Do you know a Kansas family physician deserving of any of these honors? KAFP wants to hear from you!

Let’s Move, Kansas rates increase Oct. 5

KAFP-Foundation

Registration rates for the race increase midnight, October 5! Be sure and register for Let’s Move, Kansas run/walk by Friday, October 4 for the lowest registration rate! Join us on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Sedgwick County Park in Wichita. All proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation.

Registration Rates

Children / Youth 17 & under:

  • 5 Mile Walk: $20 for all participants 17 and under
  • 5K timed race: Adult pricing applies for participants 17 and under

Adults:

  • September 14 – October 4: $40
  • October 5 – October 11: $45
  • October 19 Register Onsite: $50

TEAM DISCOUNT
Don’t forget that when you join or create a team for Let’s Move, Kansas – you automatically receive $3.00 off your registration! Visit www.LetsMoveKansas.com to see a listing of teams to join. 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.

RESIDENT/STUDENT DISCOUNT
Residents and medical students can use the discount code STURES19 for an additional $5.00 off.

Thank you to our 2019 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, Primary Care Associates and West Wichita Family Physicians, PA
Silver sponsor, Aledade, Southcentral Pathology Laboratory, P.A., 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. The mission of the KAFP-Foundation is to promote the philosophy of family medicine, research and education of Kansas family physicians.

Vaping Epidemic in Kansas

KDHE

As of September 27, Kansas has had two confirmed deaths related to vaping. Kansas currently has 11 probable/confirmed vaping-related cases, including the two deaths. Of the cases, 64% are male and age from 17-67 years old. 10 of the 11 were hospitalized and two remain hospitalized. Regarding the types of vaping products used, there was a combination or those reporting using only nicotine, only THC, only CBD and a combination of THC and nicotine.

Kansas vaping statistics show that show that 34.8% of Kansas high school students have ever tried e-cigarettes and 10.6% of Kansas high school students use e-cigarettes. (2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey). In 2017, 4.6% of Kansas adults reported that they use e-cigarettes. (2017 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System).

The KDHE website has a video hearing and video statements from Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary and Dr. Farha Ahmed, State Epidemiologist. It also has vaping education video messages that you may find valuable to share with your patients.

For nationwide information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Apply for Mentorship Program by Sept. 27

KAFP-Foundation

The Faces in Family Medicine (FIFM) mentorship program deadline to accept applications is Friday, Sept. 27. This program provides medical and pre-med students the opportunity to see the many faces of family medicine through group mentoring activities and one-on-one mentoring.

Student online application

Eligible students:

  • Junior and Senior pre-med students at the University of Kansas
  • First- and second- year medical students at KUMC Kansas City and Salina

Mentor online application

Eligible mentors:

  • All practicing KAFP members, residents included

Mentors will be paired with students to mentor throughout the academic year; they can communicate as much or as little as they wish, a minimum of four contacts is expected. KAFP will provide monthly “conversation starter” topics to keep communication engaging. Volunteers spend approximately one hour per month corresponding with their student(s). Group mentoring activities will be scheduled for each campus, more to come on those activities!

The ultimate goal is to expose students to the many different, energetic, vibrant, and authentic faces of family medicine, and promote the selection of family medicine as their specialty. Show your face in family medicine, volunteer to be a mentor!

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AAFP Congress of Delegates and FMX

KAFP/AAFP

The AAFP Congress of Delegates (COD) meets this week to develop and set policy for the Academy and to elect its officers and the Board of Directors. Use #AAFPCOD on Twitter and Instagram to follow all COD debates, hear exciting announcements and to engage in the conversation with other members. http://ow.ly/5B3W50wfLpD

Your Kansas delegation is supporting you well! Many thanks to Jen Brull, MD, FAAFP (Delegate), Doug Gruenbacher, MD (Delegate), Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP (Alternate Delegate) Diane Steere, MD (Alternate Delegate).

Family Medicine Experience (FMX) is AAFP’s Annual Conference, September 24-28, 2019. KAFP member Denise Zwahlen, MD will co-present Pneumococcal Immunization Practice on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Nominate a Family Doc

KAFP

Kansas has some of the best family doctors! Help us showcase the great work of our members by nominating an outstanding family physician you know. Previous Family Physician of the Year winners include: Drs. John Eplee (2019), Michael Machen (2018), Jerry Niernberger (2017), Charles Allred (2016), Rick Kellerman (2015).

The deadline for submission of 2020 nominees is December 31, 2019.  KAFP is seeking nominations for the following awards:

Do you know a Kansas family physician deserving of any of these honors? KAFP wants to hear from you!

Fall Opportunity

KAFP-Foundation

Fall is here! Take the opportunity to participate in the Let’s Move, Kansas run/walk this fall.

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Sedgwick County Park in Wichita. All proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation.

Children / Youth 17 & under:

  • 5 Mile Walk: $20 for all participants 17 and under
  • 5K timed race: Adult pricing applies for participants 17 and under

Adults:

  • September 14 – October 4: $40
  • October 5 – October 11: $45
  • October 19 Register Onsite: $50

Don’t forget that when you join or create a team for Let’s Move, Kansas – you automatically receive $3.00 off your registration! Visit www.LetsMoveKansas.com to see a listing of teams to join! 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!

Residents and medical students can use the discount code STURES19 for an additional $5.00 off.

Thank you to our  2019 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, Primary Care Associates and West Wichita Family Physicians, PA
Silver sponsor, Aledade, Southcentral Pathology Laboratory, P.A., 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. The mission of the KAFP-Foundation is to promote the philosophy of family medicine, research and education of Kansas family physicians.

New Medicare Plan Finder Webinar Offered

CMS

The Medicare Plan Finder, the most used tool on Medicare.gov, allows users to shop and compare Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. The updated Medicare Plan Finder provides a personalized experience through a mobile friendly and easy-to-read design that will help users learn about different options and select coverage that best meets their health needs. The new Plan Finder walks users through the Medicare Advantage and Part D enrollment process from start to finish and allows people to view and compare many of the supplemental benefits that Medicare Advantage plans offer. Please share this webinar opportunity with your patients and staff.

New Open Enrollment 2019 Plan Finder Preview and Walk-Through Webinar

Monday, September 30, 2019
12:00 – 1:30 pm                                                                         

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
12:00 – 1:30 pm                                                                         

Access Information for both webinars:

  1. Please call the following number: 1-877-267-1577
  2. Follow the instructions you hear on the phone.
  3. Enter Meeting Number: 999 693 113#
  4. To join this meeting online and view demonstration, go to https://meetings.cms.gov/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=a303533006f6faf9a0803b0ba25739ff

#KansasFightsFlu

IKC

New campaign materials launched!

Immunize Kansas Coalition (IKC) has set goals to increase influenza immunization rates from 53.2% to 63.2% for children 6 months – 17 years and from 37.3% to 47.3% for adults 18 years and older for flu season 2019-2020. View the 2018-19 Kansas Influenza Surveillance.

KFMC and KDHE have led the way in creating the #KansasFightsFlu campaign with tools and ideas you can implement to increase immunization rates in your community.

Go to immunizekansascoalition.org/kansasfightsflu to check out these new resources and opportunities for involvement in your community.

FDOD Calendar Dates for You

KAFP

Get your Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) volunteer date on your calendar early and get first pick on dates and get it crossed of your to-do-list now! The 2020 legislative session will be here before you know it! We invite all of our active members and residents with a Kansas license, to serve as the FDOD at the Statehouse during the legislative session.

FDOD is a volunteer program organized by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, in which KAFP provides for a family physician to be present at the Statehouse each day during the legislative session. KAFP relies on its trusted membership to volunteer to serve as FDOD.

The FDOD program is an opportunity to network in Topeka, learn about the legislative process, perhaps attend part of a session or committee, and provide a much-appreciated service to legislators on behalf of KAFP.

Volunteers assist legislators and their staff with health needs that may arise throughout the day. Checking blood pressure, distributing ibuprofen, examining sore throats: the health issues are mainly minor health needs, with a few more serious ailments during the year. The legislators are grateful for the program and it definitely puts family medicine in a favorable light!

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 for your consideration of taking a day to volunteer for this important program.