As the number of U.S. patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes surges to new levels, researchers know interventions that could delay or prevent the disease are underused. A paper outlining that argument titled “Evidence for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus,”(jaoa.org)was published in the November issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The authors of the paper found that the best consistent results came from long-term lifestyle intervention programs such as the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).  A cost-effectiveness modeling study of widespread implementation of the National DPP for Medicare beneficiaries showed a 37 percent reduction in new-onset diabetes at a cost savings of $1.3 billion over 10 years.  Read entire article.




Celebrate #GivingTuesday the Tuesday following Thanksgiving on November 27. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Please remember the KAFP-Foundation in your charitable giving.


Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. We are thankful for YOU! The KAFP office will be closed November 22-23 , 2018.

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Influenza season is now under way, and CDC has reported three influenza-associated pediatric deaths. One pediatric death occurred during the 2018–2019 season and two occurred during the 2017–2018 season. Last season, there was a record-setting number of pediatric deaths in the U.S. (185), so be sure to protect all your patients for whom vaccination is recommended. Check out the CDC Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, FluView.

Following is a list of resources related to influenza disease and vaccination for healthcare professionals and the public:

KU School of Medicine Wichita

The KU School of Medicine-Wichita, Department of Family and Community Medicine invites you to attend! Check out the brochure.

38th Annual Family Medicine Winter Symposium
December 7-8, 2018
Wichita Marriott Hotel, Wichita, Kansas

If you are an active member or resident with a Kansas license, you are eligible to serve as the Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) at the Statehouse during the legislative session. The 2019 Legislative Session opens on January 14, 2019 and will be here before we know it!

Your time is appreciated! 

Upcoming open dates include:
January 30
February 5, 19, 26
March 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 28

Go to the FDOD web page for a complete calendar listing with instructions and to sign-up or contact Michelle Corkins at 316.721.9005.

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!




Are you interested in immunizations and improving your practice’s rate? 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 up to $4,900 in stipends for participation and completion. Please join us for a free webinar that will answer all of your questions about the program and how to apply.

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 pleased to work with Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) on this program.


Kansas has some amazing family doctors! Help us showcase the great work of our members, nominate an outstanding family physician today! KAFP is seeking nominations for the following awards:

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.

Please submit your nominations for Kansas family physician awards by Monday, December 31, 2018. Thank you in advance for sharing this information with your office manager.


Registration is now open for 2019 Advocacy Day, scheduled for Wednesday, January 30, 2019. In addition to an update on legislative issues expected to arise in the 2019 session, attendees will hear presentations on Tobacco 21, Primary Care Spend, and a special training on how to best engage with legislators. Following Advocacy Day, you are invited to the Dillon House for a reception to mingle with legislators. This is our biggest legislative event of the year – don’t miss it!

Advocacy Day

623 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, KS
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Legislative Reception

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


Attention KAFP Members:

Last week you received an e-mail from us asking for you to complete our Membership Satisfaction Survey. As a valued member, we want to hear your thoughts about KAFP.

If you have not already, please take a few minutes to complete the survey today.

The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians’ mission is to support and serve family physicians of Kansas as they advance the health of Kansans. Tell us see how we’re doing to meet our mission. Please respond by Friday, November 30.