Focus on Immunizations


The AAFP’s national public service announcement campaign (PSA) continues in August with a segment on shingles. Watch the PSA about the shingles vaccineEach PSA educates the audience about an issue and urges them to visit familydoctor.org for more information. Please help educate your patients by referring them to the familydoctor.org website.

Below is the schedule of monthly PSAs:

Ultimately, it is important that patients, after viewing the PSAs, will gain a sense of empowerment over their own health. Increasing patients’ knowledge of important health issues that affect them is intended to help them feel more prepared and willing to talk about them with their family physician.

First Human West Nile Virus Cases Reported This Year in Kansas


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is reporting two cases of neuroinvasive West Nile virus (WNV) disease in individuals who reside in Johnson County. Four regions of the state remain under a high-risk warning for WNV, including north central, south central, northwest, and southwest Kansas. Northeast and southeast regions are at moderate risk for WNV infections. WNV can be spread to people through mosquito bites, but it is not spread from person to person. About one in five people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. Roughly one out of 150 infected people develop the more severe version of the disease, neuroinvasive disease, which includes swelling of the brain or brain tissue and, in some cases, death. There are no vaccines or medications to treat WNV. People who have had WNV before are considered immune. Please encourage your patients, especially the vulnerable populations to take steps to prevent infection because of the possible complications. KDHE recommends assessing your risk of WNV and taking action to prevent mosquito bites and protect yourself against WNV. Visit the KDHE WNV website weekly to learn about the current WNV risk level. Read entire news release.





Refine Emergency Care Skills, Master Best Practices


Learn the latest evidence-based treatment and evaluation information with help from this comprehensive self-study package: Emergency and Urgent Care Self-Study Package. Recorded from the AAFP’s Emergency and Urgent Care live course, this 26-session video self-study package allows you to both hone your clinical skills and review key issues that include opioid education, OB emergencies, DNR discussions, and sepsis—on a schedule that works best for you—in a variety of formats. The self-study package is approved for up to 22.75 Prescribed credits.

Be sure to use the source code 4MYCHAPTER during checkout to help benefit the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. A portion of the price of each AAFP self-study package you purchase will go directly to KAFP to help support local initiatives when you use the code 4MYCHAPTER. Thank you for your support!


RISE Webinar speaker is Lee Mills, MD, FAAFP


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

Join us for the third 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.

To learn more about the RISE initiative or to watch recordings of previous webinars, visit www.kafponline.org/rise.


Dodge City is site for Health Behavior KSA on September 14


KAFP is offering a Health Behavior KSA Group Learning Session on September 14 in Dodge City. Don’t miss this opportunity western Kansas providers to complete this ABFM module.


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

Following the KSA, attendees will:
• Complete the ABFM Knowledge Self Assessment (KSA) “Health Behavior” module
• Earn 8 CME AAFP credits

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.


Residents and Medical Students receive discount for 5K Run and 1.5 Mile Walk



The Let’s Move, Kansas run/walk on Saturday, October 20 at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Kansas benefits your KAFP-Foundation. It is a great way to support your Foundation’s programs for residents and students while living a healthy lifestyle and sharing it with friends and family! There is a special $5 discount exclusively for residents and students! Simply, use the discount code STURES18 if you are a resident or medical student and receive $5 off registration. Register at Let’s Move, Kansas by August 20 for the early bird rate of $30. Register as a team for $3 off per registrant!

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!

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, click here for more information.


KanCare Expansion Community Meeting in Concordia July 31

Alliance fora Health Kansas

If you live in Concordia or nearby, please consider attending the KanCare Expansion Community Meeting on Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30 pm

Sign up here.

New NCCRT CRC Screening Best Practices Handbook for Hospitals and Health Systems

American Cancer Society

Check out the NCCRT’s new Colorectal Cancer Screening Best Practices Handbook for Hospitals and Health SystemsThe purpose of the handbook is to provide advice on the design and delivery of a variety of effective CRC screening interventions to help hospitals and health systems strengthen their colorectal cancer screening efforts. The handbook is divided into four sections:  Critical Steps, Case Studies, Implementation, and Tools & Resources. It is intended to provide needed information drawn from real life examples about how to ultimately improve CRC screening rates within the hospital and health system setting.

HRSA Recognizes Greeley County Health Services for Quality Improvement Program


Greeley County Health Services in Tribune, Kansas is being recognized along with 13 organizations by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) for their work advancing the quality and delivery of rural healthcare, including improving health outcomes related to chronic disease through the Small Health Care Provider Quality Program. These organizations are being recognized for work across six categories. Drew Zerr, clinic manager at Greeley County Health Services has earned the Quality Improvement Champion Award for outstanding demonstration of innovation for development and implementation of creative solutions to excel beyond adversity and improve the quality of care and patient health outcomes of rural patients. Congratulations to Drew and KAFP members, Wendel Ellis, DO and Scheila Scheffe, MD who practice at Greeley County Health Services. Read full article.



Support the KAFP and Earn CME


Support the organization dedicated to serving your needs as a family physician in Kansas with the purchase of an AAFP self-study package.

Purchase an AAFP self-study package using the source code 4MYCHAPTER during checkout to help benefit KAFP.

A portion of the price of each package you buy will go directly to our chapter to support local initiatives.

Using AAFP self-study packages to enhance your expertise and expand your knowledge on common family medicine topics. Featuring recorded audio and video presentations from current AAFP live courses, these interactive packages include:

  • 20-30 hours of content, with 18-32 lectures between 30 and 60 minutes in length
  • Opportunities to report CME and evaluate after each lecture
  • Interactive quiz interface to briefly halt the presentations and choose an answer
  • 200-plus page full-color PDF of the slides
  • Post assessment (online)

Select a topic that meets your interests. Choose from 10 different titles, including but not limited to Emergency and Urgent Care, Care of Chronic Conditions, Adult Medicine, and Child and Adolescent Health.

Earn CME when and where you want to and support our chapter at the same time.