Poultry may raise bad cholesterol the same as red meat

United Press International

Eating a chicken could raise a person’s “bad cholesterol” to similar levels as eating a steak, contradicting long-thought ideas about health differences between the meats, new research suggests.

Researchers found eating white meat poultry may raise low-density lipoprotein levels in the same way as red meat, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition. That elevation in bad cholesterol after eating chicken can occur with or without consuming any saturated fat.

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Upcoming Parent Health Literacy Trainings

Kansas Head Start Association

New Kansas Head Start Association (KHSA) Parent Health Literacy training classes are being offered this summer June-September. Attendees will receive the resources needed to teach parents how to use the “What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick” book using effective, evidence based teaching methods.  The Parent Health Literacy project partners with agencies, medical providers, schools and human services organizations who serve families with young children to provide this important health literacy resource. This training is appropriate for any staff who work directly with parents/patients, supervisors and program directors. We encourage you to share this information with parents in your practice.

Download the flyers and share with your staff:

The training is free. Three CEUs are available for $15.

Please see the brochure and the KHSA website for further information about the Parent Health Literacy Project.

Tobacco Cessation webinar, specialist training, grant opportunity and more!


Please continue to promote the new KanCare cessation benefits and request additional copies of the information card. Electronic and print color posters are now available for companies who are tobacco-free or working toward this objective. The purpose of the posters is to drive demand for cessation services under KanCare. Contact KAFP Tobacco Coordinator Kim Neufeld to request copies.

There are several tobacco cessation opportunities coming up for you and/or your staff. Sign up today!

  1. Applicant organizations must have endorsed the Tobacco Guideline. The Endorsement Notification form provides you with that opportunity as well as additional information about what endorsement means.
  2. Applicant organizations must also have completed the Self-Assessment associated with the Guideline as this document will be part of the application process.



CDC Updates TB Recommendations for Health Care Workers


Annual tuberculosis rates of infection in the United States have declined substantially during the past nearly three decades, according to CDC data, with the 2017 rate dipping to 2.8 per 100,000 population — a 73% decrease from 1991, when the rate was 10.4 per 100,000, and a 42% dip from 2005’s rate of 4.8 per 100,000. Additionally, surveillance data reported to the agency from 1995 to 2007 showed that TB incidence rates among health care personnel were similar to those in the general population, raising questions about the cost-effectiveness of routine serial occupational testing.

These collective findings led the CDC to update its Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings, 2005.”(www.cdc.gov) The new guidance was published in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report(www.cdc.gov) released May 17.

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Exhibitor Registration Now Open for Kansas Career Opportunities!


Register today to exhibit at Kansas’ largest health care career fair

Kansas Career Opportunities (KCO) is an annual health care career fair held each fall in Wichita and Kansas City. For 25 years, Rural Health Education and Services with The University of Kansas Medical Center has hosted KCO.

During KCO, health care employers recruit for current and future positions. Exhibitors use this opportunity to meet and begin building relationships with resident physicians and fellows, health care job seekers, and students who are interested in practicing in Kansas. Employers who have found and hired health care providers they connected with during KCO earn the title of Star Community.

KCO Wichita

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

4-7 p.m.

Distillery 244, Wichita, KS

KCO Kansas City

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Ad Astra Room, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Call for Proposals: 2019 Heartland Conference on Health Equity & Patient Centered Care


The Heartland Health Conference on Health Equity and Patient-Centered Care will feature two days of programs and strategies that address health equity and social justice in population health and health care.  Call for Proposals are now being accepted. Mark your calendar and plan to attend:

2019 Heartland Conference on Health Equity & Patient Centered Care
Collective Impact : Transforming Ideas into Action
August 6 & 7, 2019
Overland Park, Kansas

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition Awards Grants to Support Breastfeeding in Kansas

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc.

With a goal of supporting breastfeeding families throughout Kansas, six local breastfeeding coalitions received funding totaling approximately $5,000 from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition (KBC) Mini-Grant Initiative.

The following local breastfeeding coalition projects received funding from the KBC:

  • African-American Breastfeeding Coalition of Wyandotte County – Taking Community Service to the Community
  • Ellis County Breastfeeding Coalition – In My Mother’s Arms: Breastfeeding Photography Exhibit
  • Johnson County Breastfeeding Coalition – Community Awareness of Johnson County Breastfeeding Coalition
  • Lactation Advocates Teaching Community Health (LATCH) – Lyon County William Allen White Auditorium Lactation Room
  • Wichita Area Breastfeeding Coalition – Wichita: Enhancing Community Breastfeeding Support for Black Mothers
  • Wyandotte County Breastfeeding Coalition – Mom & Baby Health Fair 2019

Breastfeeding provides immediate and lifelong nutrition and health benefits for mother and child, as well as larger economic, environmental and social benefits to families and communities. It is estimated suboptimal breastfeeding rates are costing Kansas $26 million each year in medical costs alone.

If Kansas is to realize the long-term benefits of breastfeeding, communities need to work together. All grantees will work in coordination with health care systems, health care providers, public health professionals and community efforts.

Get Involved with ABFM


The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is searching for board-certified family physicians to provide a fresh perspective and ideas about a variety of issues related to board certification or to serve as a member as a member of a virtual network to provide general and issue-specific feedback that will continually improve the certification process. Here is a list of engagement opportunities:

Kimberly Krohn, MD, MPH, Named Wesley Family Medicine Residency Program Director

KU School of Medicine-Wichita

Kimberly Krohn, MD, MPH, has been named the program director of the KUSM-Wichita Family Medicine Residency Program at Wesley Medical Center.  Dr. Krohn joins the department from North Dakota where she has served as the Program Director of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program in Minot. She has held a number of leadership positions including president of the North Dakota Medical Association, president of the North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, and president of the North Dakota Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Krohn has spoken nationally and internationally on topics such as ADHD in females and diabetes in pregnancy. She has served on the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Health Care Services.

Dr. Krohn received her bachelor of science degree in dietetics from Michigan State University’s Honors College and her Master of Public Health/Health Services Administration degree from the University of Minnesota. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine in 1996 at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Minot Center for Family Medicine where she was chief resident. As a resident, Dr. Krohn received a national Glaxo Wellcome Award, presented to 20 outstanding family medicine residents each year.

Dr. Krohn is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She was chosen as the North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians Family Physician of the Year in 2014. In 2017, she was selected for the North Dakota Medical Association Physician Community and Professional Services Award which recognizes physicians for outstanding leadership and service to the people of North Dakota and to the profession of medicine.

Tobacco Free Parks Webinar – May 20


How healthy is your park? Did you know that cigarette butts are the single most littered item in the U.S. and the world, and even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can be harmful to health? Tobacco-free policies can help your community!

You are invited to attend a webinar presented by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program on Monday, May 20 from noon to 1:00 p.m. This webinar is for local communities and organizations to learn more about strong policies and using the Young Lungs at Play! Toolkit to improve the health of your own community.

For more information, contact Courtney Koenig at Courtney.koenig@ks.gov.