HUD Housing Now Smoke-Free


As of July 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) public housing is smoke-free nationwide. This new federal rule intends to protect residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke – such as premature death and diseases including cancer, asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and more.[i]

This is a critical time to talk to your patients who use tobacco products about becoming and staying tobacco-free. Even brief counseling increases the odds that a patient will successfully quit smoking compared to those who do not receive counseling from a health care provider.[ii]

Remind them that most insurance plans, including Medicaid, cover counseling and cessation medications to assist them in their quitting process. KanCare (Kansas Medicaid) now covers up to four quit attempts per year. Each “quit attempt” includes a free round of nicotine replacement therapy and unlimited counseling sessions.

Don’t forget about the free resources available to tobacco users and their families through the Kansas Tobacco Quitline. The Quitline is available online and by phone, text, or mobile application 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Translation services are available in 150 languages and to people with hearing impairments. The Quitline can be contacted by calling 1-800- QUIT- NOW (784-8669) or by visiting

The Quitline also offers a Behavioral Health Program which provides free nicotine replacement therapy and additional calls with a Quit Coach for callers with certain mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, substance (drug or alcohol) use disorder (SUD), generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

In addition, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment can provide guidance, resources, and technical assistance to help your organization improve tobacco screening guidelines, provide provider education, develop tobacco-free campus policies, and more, all at no cost. Contact the Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program at 785-296-8127 or

[i]Office of the Surgeon General. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006.
[ii]Fiore, M.C. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 2008.



Carolyn Gaughan, CAE, executive vice president of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) since 1989, has announced she will retire effective August 31, 2019. Carolyn announced her retirement plans to the board at the fall board meeting in September.  In her board report, she writes:

“In my preparation, I’ve read some excellent monographs about executive management transitions that affirm some of my intuitive thoughts. Here’s a short summary: Transitions can be tough, but when reframed positively they can also be an opportunity for an organization to thrive. Faced with a pause in business as usual, disconcerting though it may be, KAFP will have the chance to reexamine current practices, positioning, even its mission, direction and vision. The Board can assess the situation, work through the hiring process and implement strategies that enable the organization not only to survive the transition, but to thrive through it. This transition offers an exciting potential as an entry point to a broad range of capacity-building efforts. They could include new board leadership, sharpened strategic direction, improved financial management, new funding and thoughtful approaches to organization restructuring.”

You can read her entire article in the EVP Letter in the fall issue of the Kansas Family Physician.   Here is the position announcement:

The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, based in Wichita, Kansas, is the voluntary, statewide association for family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students in Kansas with 1,760+ members.  The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation is the philanthropic arm of KAFP, supporting initiatives to encourage family medicine. KAFP is recognized as a leader in developing and delivering outstanding education for family physicians in Kansas, for a strong advocacy presence in Topeka on behalf of its members and for its exceptional public health efforts. The KAFP and the KAFP-F boards are jointly seeking an executive vice president to help execute their vision for championing the cause of family physicians and their patients in the state of Kansas. The job description and application process are available at: KAFP EVP.

Attend Upcoming Health Care Community Forums to Expand KanCare

Alliance for a Healthy Kansas

The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is hosting community meetings for expanding KanCare in the following communities: We encourage you to attend if possible! Thank you.

Tuesday, October 23 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. [Download flyer and share]
Kansas Wetlands Education Center
592 North East -156 Highway, Great Bend, KS

Tuesday, October 30 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. [Download flyer and share]
Advanced Learning Library, Conf Room B
711 W. 2nd St, Wichita, KS


Life in Rural America Report & County Health Rankings Report Available

Kansas Primary Care and Rural Health

A new report: Life in Rural America has been published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) with findings from a survey of rural adults “to understand the current views and experiences of rural Americans on economic and health issues.”  Respondents were optimistic overall, citing positive job prospects and connection with their communities. Of the challenges in rural areas, more than 25 percent of those surveyed cited drug abuse as the biggest problem facing their local community. The second largest concern, at 21 percent, was economic, including poverty and the availability of jobs.  The report challenges the idea that all rural Americans are the same and examines major differences between young and old, those with and without a college degree, and between White residents and minorities. Earlier this year, RWJF issued its annual County Health Rankings. That report included an explicit call to action for community leaders to examine local data and learn more about the social and economic factors in each community that impact health outcomes.




The Kansas Family Medicine Pneumococcal Immunization Office Champions (KFMPIOC) program is a QI Initiative designed to improve the rate of pneumococcal immunizations for the Medicare population. KFMPIOC will utilize an office-based champion model framework based upon ACIP recommendations and NVAC Standards for Adult Immunization Practices. Practices selected to participate will have expert technical assistance to complete the initiative and will earn a stipend of up to $4,800 for participation and completion. Interested in learning more about how to apply for this QI Initiative?  Join us for a free webinar that will answer all of your questions.

KFMPIOC Program Webinar

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Target Audience:
Kansas Family Physicians and immunization staff interested in participating in a QI initiative to increase pneumococcal immunization rates in seniors.

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will have a greater awareness of:

  1. How this program incorporates the Office Champion model to improve pneumococcal immunization rates in seniors
  2. How practices will perform PDSA cycles and make systems changes to improve pneumococcal immunization rates in seniors
  3. How to apply for the KFMPIOC program

Carolyn Gaughan, MSE, CAE, Executive Vice President, Kansas Academy of Family Physicians
Erin McGuire, BS, Quality Improvement Consultant, Great Plains Quality Innovation Network

This program is funded by a grant from Pfizer and AAFP, who selected KAFP in a competitive grant proposal process, as one of three chapters participating in the grant. KAFP is working with the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (GPQIN) which includes Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) on this program.

2018 Breastfeeding Conference: Nov. 1-2

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition presents the 2018 Breastfeeding Conference, November 1-2. The first day of the conference will focus on building the capacity of local breastfeeding coalitions to successfully create communities supporting breastfeeding. Registration for Day 1 will be FREE and will include a KBC membership for 2019 for all attendees. The featured speaker is Shannon McKenney-Shubert, MPH, Executive Director at Michigan Breastfeeding Network who will present two sessions on Thursday, Nov. 1: “Breastfeeding Duration: Dismantling Roadblocks and Changing Systems” and “Speak Up! Being an Ally to Our Most At-Risk Mothers and Children.” The second day of the conference will focus on “hot topics” in lactation to provide clinical skills and breastfeeding knowledge for healthcare professionals and others who serve families. On Nov. 2, the following continuing education credits will be available: 6.5 L-CERPs, 8.1 CNEs for RN re-licensure, and 6.5 CEUs for KS Dietitian Licensure. The registration fee for Day 2 is $110.

View the complete schedule and register online. Online registration closes at noon on Monday, Oct. 29. Walk-ins are welcome for an additional $40.

Kansas Family Medicine Pneumococcal Immunization Office Champion Program Coming Soon


Did you know Kansas lags behind other states in the rates of pneumococcal immunizations in seniors?  Our rate in 2016 was 59.2 percent, while the national average is 66.9 percent. There are 19 counties in our state where the rate is less than 40 percent! KAFP was selected as one of three AAFP chapters to receive a grant to participate in efforts to build pneumococcal immunization rates in the Medicare population. Our winning grant proposal will offer the opportunity for seven practices to participate.  Those seven practices will receive special assistance with the QI project from our collaborative partner KFMC and a $4,000 stipend at the conclusion of the program in January 2020.  Keep your eyes peeled here for the announcement next week on how to apply to participate in the Kansas Family Medicine Pneumococcal Immunization Office Champion Program! Questions? Contact EVP Carolyn Gaughan, at or 316-721-9005.

RISE with Us


The RISE program is a wellness initiative of KAFP designed to help Kansas family physicians RISE above burnout. Register for our fourth session in the RISE Webinar Series – you will be thankful you did!

Prevent Burnout & Build Resilience in Practice: Two Kansas Case Studies.*
Presenters: Melissa Rosso, MD (Manhattan) and Beth Oller, MS (Stockton)
Wednesday, October 24; 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

RISE resources include:

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

RISE: Restore, Invigorate, Strengthen, Energize.

*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.

2019 Kansas Award Nominations Open


Kansas has some amazing family doctors! Help us showcase the great work of our members, nominate an outstanding family physician today! The deadline for  submission of 2019 nominees is December 31, 2018.  KAFP is seeking nominations for the following awards: Thank you in advance for sharing this information with your office manager.

Kansas Family Physician of the Year: This is the highest recognition KAFP awards annually.  Through it, KAFP recognizes involvement in community affairs and activities that enhance the quality of life of the community. Learn more and nominate.

Kansas Exemplary Teaching (two categories: full-time/part-time and volunteer): Through these annual awards KAFP recognizes members with exemplary teaching skills, who have implemented educational programs and/or developed innovative teaching models. Learn more and nominate.

Kansas Humanitarian Award: This award recognizes extraordinary and enduring humanitarian efforts. Learn more and nominate.

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

Last Week to Register for Race & Save $10


The Let’s Move, Kansas 5K run and 1.5 mile walk is this Saturday and we are excited that sunny skies are predicted! If you haven’t already registered, you can take advantage of this special offer: use code 1010 (note: numerical digits not alphabetical) and receive $10 off registration (does not apply to 17 and under $20 walk registrations). Register now! Don’t forget to register on a team for an automatic $3 off registration. Please note that online registration closes at noon on Friday, October 19. After noon on Friday, please register on site at Sedgwick County Park.

We look forward to seeing you on October 20 for Let’s Move, Kansas.

Let’s Move, Kansas
Saturday, October 20; 8:30 a.m.
Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, KS

Swag bag, race t-shirt, and pancake breakfast included with registration. Non-participants can also enjoy pancakes for $5!

All proceeds from this event go to the KAFP-Foundation to support many programs and scholarships for Kansas family medicine residents and medical students.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita!