Visit KAFP Website’s “About Us”


This week in our tour of the KAFP website we will explore the About Us section.

On the About Us landing page you can find the KAFP mission statement, vision, leadership, and history, including a link to past presidents!

Contact KAFP provides the various ways to contact your Academy: Mail, phone, email, fax, social media.

KAFP Team is a listing of staff and methods of contacting each of us.

Board of Directors is a listing of officers, AAFP delegates & alternates, KAFP-Foundation president, district directors, faculty/student representatives, committee chairs, and each of our residency programs. We thank each of them for serving on the board.

Beneath the Board of Directors tab, are the following areas of interest:

  • 2018 Board Candidates:  A list of candidates running for election this year with their pictures and candidates’ statements. Remember: district director ballots are due May 15!
  • Districts: A state map showing the geographical location of each of the KAFP districts and district counties.
  • Committees: Committees’ purposes and members are listed. Committee applications coming soon!
  • President’s Corner: Features the President’s Letter is printed in the Kansas Family Physician.

KAFP News: An overview of print and digital communications and advertising information.  Under this section, you will find:

70th Anniversary: A special page dedicated to showcasing the last 70 years! Check out the following: Through the Years, Your EVP’s Perspective, Throwback Thursday and AAFP 70 Years Strong.

Happy Birthday KAFP


Happy Birthday to KAFP, chartered May 6, 1948! On our 70th anniversary we take time reflect on our rich history and see how far we have come for our patients, our communities, the state of Kansas, and our specialty. Today, family medicine plays a vital role in the health of current and future generations. Here’s to the next 70 years of caring for Kansans! Visit our 70th Anniversary web page for more memories or share your memories on social media with #KAFP70Years.

And if you have not already, register to join us at the 2018 Annual Meeting – June 14-16 – to celebrate!


Kansas Official Release of the HPV Vaccination Report Available


Your jurisdiction’s HPV vaccination report is now available. View December 2017 report. View May 2018 report. These reports highlight your jurisdiction’s HPV–associated cancer burden in addition to distribution data for all CDC and non-CDC distributed Gardasil 9 vaccines for 2017. Please see below for more information on how to interpret the vaccine distribution data. . If you have any questions, please contact

HPV vaccine distribution data:

The graph on the front page of the HPV Vaccination Report indicates your jurisdiction’s progress towards a “goal” of distributing enough HPV vaccine to immunize the estimated total number of 11-year-olds in your jurisdiction. The 2015 US Census and American Community Survey  were used to obtain the population estimate of 11-year-olds in your jurisdiction. Based on this estimate, CDC was able to calculate the number of doses needed to immunize this cohort in your state or city with 2 doses of vaccine. Historically in the United States, 20 percent of annual HPV vaccine doses have been distributed in the first quarter, 20 percent in the second quarter, 35 percent in the third quarter, and 25 percent in the fourth quarter. These are the benchmarks used to measure your jurisdiction’s progress each quarter.  The gold arrow indicates your jurisdiction’s ordering trend last year and its progress towards distributing 100 percent of its estimated HPV vaccine doses in 2017.  Data presented in this report includes all CDC and non-CDC HPV vaccine orders. Although the number of doses needed to vaccinate your 11-year-old cohort is estimated, doses that were distributed in 2017 may have been administered to individuals between the ages of 9 and 26 years.

AAFP Launches PSA Campaign to Educate Patients – May is Mental Health


Bullying. Concussions. Opioid abuse. These are just a few topics family physicians discuss with their patients every day. While most family physicians feel comfortable talking about these subjects, patients may be less at ease, especially if they have experienced one of these issues first-hand. To help patients prepare for these conversations, the AAFP has launched a national public service announcement (PSA) campaign. An important aspect of the campaign is to educate patients about pertinent public health issues, and to encourage them to visit the Academy’s patient-focused website, for more information.

The AAFP will release a new PSA on the first of the month from May through November. May is mental and emotional health (e.g. bullying).

View the PSA here. For more information on emotional health visit: Mental Health Mental Health: Keeping Your Emotional Health

Other monthly topics will be:

  • July: back to school (e.g., influenza and personal hygiene),
  • August: immunizations (e.g., shingles vaccine),
  • September: sports and exercise (e.g., concussions),
  • October: family health and safety (e.g., gun safety), and
  • November: addiction and recovery (e.g., opioid abuse and safe medication storage).

KAFP will share and post the PSAs on social media. We encourage you to share these PSA’s on social media, and to  follow on Facebook and Twitter. 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 YOU – their family physician.

Physician Health First: Your Health Before All Else


Physician Health First is a web portal dedicated to improving family physician well-being. Find guidance to address your workplace challenges, tools to assess your level of burnout, and inspiration to put your well-being first. Learn more.

Use Population Health Profiler for Free Today!


Check out these free resources that enable health care providers to explore a community’s social determinants of health and target core service areas defined by a specific patient distribution.​ Click here to try the The Population Health Profiler!  The Population Health Profiler lets you create detailed ZIP Code/ZCTA level maps of your service area and key community measures including the distribution of age, ethnicity, social deprivation, and chronic conditions.

You can also download a detailed report of 30 key measures in the areas of:

  • Basic Demographics – Age and Gender
  • Basic Demographics – Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Chronic Conditions and Access to Care

Sign up for this free webinar to learn more about how to use this tool. Click here for webinar training. For additional details contact HealthLandscape at (513) 458-6722 or

Get Free Claims Coding & Reporting Assistance

TMF Health Quality Institute

Clinicians and practices planning to use claims to report for the Quality category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2018 should take steps now to ensure they can fulfill data completeness criteria for their selected measures. The Q&A article from TMF Health Quality Institute reviews requirements and processes for claims-based reporting, including how to choose applicable Quality measures. (View the article online here: Q&A: Claims Submission for MIPS Quality Category). You may also can get answers to questions about claims-based reporting or any MIPS topic from a TMF consultant by phone, email or online chat. TMF direct technical assistance is funded by CMS to provide free QPP assistance. Find our contact information at


Updated Kansas Infectious Disease Regulations Effective May 11


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has updated Kansas Administrative Regulations that regulate the reporting of and isolation and quarantine for infectious or contagious diseases and other health conditions (K.A.R. 28-1-1 through 28-1-18). The regulations go into effect May 11, 2018 and can be found at Regulations Related to Infectious or Contagious Diseases and Conditions. Please download REPORTABLE DISEASES IN KANSAS and post or distribute appropriately.

For 4-hour reportable diseases, a report must be made by telephone to the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 1-877-427-7317. For all other reportable diseases, fax a Kansas Reportable Disease Form and any lab results to your local health department or to KDHE at 877-427-7318. Reportable Disease Forms are available at Disease Reporting for Health Professionals. Please consult the person at your facility who is responsible for disease reporting to ensure that they are aware of the new regulations.

Explore Your Foundation


This week in our tour of the KAFP website we will explore the Foundation section.

The KAFP-Foundation landing page provides an overview of the Foundation including its mission and programs.

Make a Gift is simply that – an opportunity to make a secure monetary donation to the KAFP-Foundation.

Donor Honor Roll features a listing of our 2017 Honor Roll of Donors. We thank each one of you!

The AmazonSmile & Dillons Community Rewards web page gives details of how to become active with these programs and support your KAFP-Foundation through shopping. There is  no extra cost to you.

Board of Trustees lists the KAFP-Foundation officers and trustees. Thank you for your service!

And if you have not already signed up, please join us for the KAFP-Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year – the Wine Tasting & Silent Auction! You may register as part of your Annual Meeting registration or separately at KAFP-Wine Tasting & Auction.


District Director Ballots Due May 15


Elections for KAFP District Directors are conducted by U.S. Mail ballot. This year, directors in districts 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8 are up for election. Click here to view district boundaries. Ballots were mailed April 13. Ballots must be returned via U.S. mail by May 15, 2018. To get to know candidates, click this link: 2018 Board Candidates. Above each candidate’s photo click “Read Candidate Statement.” Curriculum vitae for candidates are available by request, or 316-721-9005. Thank you to all of our candidates for running.

Director Candidates

District 1: Keith Ratzlaff, MD (Olathe)
District 2: Tessa Rohrberg, MD (Winfield) & Ron Seglie, MD (Pittsburg)
District 4: Shana Jarmer, MD (Wellington)
District 6: Courtney Huhn, MD (Lansing) & Graig Nickel, MD, FAAFP (Lawrence)
District 8: Ferrill Conant, MD (Smith Center) & Dereck Totten, MD, MPH (Colby)

Officer Candidates

During this year’s KAFP Member Meeting, Friday, June 15, members will elect Secretary, Treasurer, Delegate and Alternate Delegates to the KAFP Board of Directors. The election will be conducted in person during the Annual Meeting  at the Overland Park Marriott Hotel in Overland Park on Friday, June 15 during the Member Meeting. You must be present to vote. Get to know your candidates before the big day.

Secretary Candidates: Jennifer McKenney, MD, FAAFP (Fredonia) & Margaret Smith, MD (Kansas City)
Treasurer: Gretchen Irwin, MD, MBA, FAAFP (Wichita)
Delegate (2 year term): Jen Brull MD, FAAFP (Plainville)
Delegate (2 year term): Doug Gruenacher, MD (Quinter)
Alternate Delegate (2 year term):  Diane Steere, MD (Wichita)
Alternate Delegate (1 year term): Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP (Plainville)