Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Applications Open

National Rural Health Services Center

In response to the increasing number of rural hospital closures, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy administers the Small Rural Hospital Transition Project (SHRT).  The program provides technical assistance (TA) through comprehensive onsite consultations to eligible hospitals that have 49 beds or less and located in a federally designated persistent poverty county. Core areas of technical assistance include: 1) financial operational assessment (FOA) and 2) quality improvement (QI) projects. A total of nine hospitals will be selected based on a competitive process. A minimum of three FOA projects and three QI projects will be selected in each core area. Interested applicants that meet SRHT readiness requirements and project expectations must submit the required Letter of Intent by September 15. If a sufficient number of applications is not received, SRHT on-site TA may be extended to small rural hospitals (49 beds or less) residing in non-persistent poverty counties. Should this option become available, additional information will be provided.

Register for Free Opioid Epidemic Program – July 19


You are invited to participate in The Opioid Epidemic: Next Steps in Prevention & Treatment on Friday, July 19 at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, Roberts Amphitheater, Wichita. For more information, download the flyer or contact Tiffany Bonfiglio at or call 316-293-3533.

Registration is available online.


Registration Open for Chronic Disease Self Management for Cancer Survivors Workshop

Quality Improvement Organizations/Great Plains Quality Innovation Network/KDHE

The Chronic Disease Self-Management for Cancer Survivors workshop is available for FREE for cancer survivors, those living with cancer, and their caregivers.  This workshop meets weekly at WSU Old Town in Wichita from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, June 25- August 6. Pre-registration is required. Call or email Alissa Rankin: 316.978.3464 or Please share this resource with your cancer patients [download PDF].

13th Biennial Breasfeeding: Baby’s Natural Choice Conference

University of Nebraska Medical Center

The Breastfeeding: Baby’s Natural Choice Conference will be held on Wed., Aug. 28, 2019 at the La Vista Conference Center, La Vista, Nebraska.  Continuing education will be provided for physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, dietitians, social workers, licensed medical nutrition therapists and nurse midwives. This year’s conference will provide education on tongue-tie, infant latch, getting breastfeeding off to a good start, milk production, physical activity and breastfeeding, as well as the father’s role. The early bird fee of $115 is offered until July 31. Registration deadline is August 21. No walk-ins. Read more in conference brochure.


Practical Playbook II Offers Guide to Better Population Health


A great resource to help primary care and public health work together to improve the population health and reduce health care costs is the new book, The Practical Playbook II: Building Multisector Partnerships That Work which expands on the themes of the original textbook, providing examples of successful primary care/public health collaborations while offering tools and methods for family physicians and others who want to improve the health of their communities. Read more about this resource and how it can help you and your practice.


CDC Resources Offer Tools on Vaccine Administration, Safety, and More


CDC has developed a comprehensive web section of immunization resources to help support healthcare professionals. CDC’s Resources for Health Care Providers web section offers a variety of immunization resources which are described below.

Be sure to check out the information and printable materials available at CDC’s Resources for Health Care Providers web section.

Enrollment in Kansas Health Insurance Marketplace Decline

Kansas Health Institute

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final summary data for the sixth open enrollment period of the health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The latest issue brief from the Kansas Health Institute examines the results for the 2019 plan year, during which 89,993 Kansans — 8,245 fewer than the previous year — selected or were automatically re-enrolled in a marketplace plan. Read the full article.

Office of Rural Prosperity Listening Tour Kick-Off

Kansas Governor’s Office

The Office of Rural Prosperity Listening Tour kicked off Monday, June 17.  Lt. Governor Lee Rogers is visiting rural committees to garner input for the Office of Rural Prosperity. If you live or work in a rural Kansas community, your input is needed!

This upcoming series will include 12 public listening sessions designed to give Kansans the opportunity to share their thoughts directly with the Lt. Governor during a 90-minute facilitated conversation. These sessions will begin with brief opening remarks, and attendants will then be divided into small facilitator groups to answer three questions:

  1. How do we define prosperity – what does in mean in your community?
  2. What has the community done well to prosper?
  3. What barriers or roadblocks stand in the way of future prosperity?

The Lt. Governor would like to hear from a wide and diverse group of Kansans during these listening sessions. For more details on each session, including registration details, visit

Scheduled tour locations include: Nickerson (June 17), Atchison (June 20), Colby (June 24),  Philipsburg (June 25), Winfield (July 8), Lindsborg (July 8), Garnett (July 22), Independence (July 23), Ulysses (July 30), Concordia (August 1), Sabetha (August 5), and Dodge City (August 7).

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.

Read more.


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.