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Welcome to the first Board Brief! Your Academy is committed to keeping you informed on all KAFP news. We hope you enjoy learning how your KAFP Board of Directors is working for you. Below is an overview of business conducted at the Spring Board Meeting on April 6, 2019. This meeting was a virtual meeting with the option to attend in-person at the Wichita Public Library. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Virtual Meeting:
This spring marked the first virtual meeting, a conference that is set-up at a location with virtual participation via video or phone. Board members could choose to attend in-person at the meeting location or via video or phone participation. Virtual board meetings will facilitate additional KAFP members from across the state to be engaged in leadership opportunities. The summer (board meeting following Annual Meeting) and winter (board meeting prior to Advocacy Day) meetings will remain as on-site board meetings.
Discussion Regarding a Poll on Resolutions:
A balanced and robust discussion was held regarding a proposed resolution in response to an AAFP Congress of Delegates (COD) vote that was taken at the 2018 COD meeting. The discussion related to consideration of a poll of membership on a particular vote. There was agreement that input from membership is desired, but the Board has outlined a process to solicit input from KAFP members not just on one item, but expanded to include multiple resolutions of interest, which will go before the COD. This process will be implemented for the 2019 AAFP COD meeting, and the initiative is expected to proceed for subsequent COD meetings.
The Board approved a proposal on process to give KAFP members the opportunity to review resolutions to go before the AAFP COD, and provide feedback. Every effort is being made to give our COD delegates and alternate delegates valuable input from our membership.
The Executive Vice President search committee presented to the Board recommendations regarding candidates for the EVP position (yes, Carolyn is going to retire, to spend more well earned time with family and friends). The Board reviewed the candidates in detail, and developed a proposal process for the search committee to retain a new EVP. It is anticipated that the new EVP will be present at the Annual Meeting, June 6-8, 2019.
The KAFP-Foundation proposed nominations to the Foundation Board. These nominations were reviewed, and the KAFP Board approved these recommendations to move forward to the Annual Meeting.
Make plans to attend KAFP-Foundation's largest fundraiser, the Wine Tasting & Auction! This year’s event will be at Mark Arts, 1307 N. Rock Rd., Wichita on Thursday, June 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This fun event is a great way to fellowship with your peers, sample new wines, and bid on fabulous wines and spirits donated by members!
Opportunities to participate include:
This is guaranteed a good time for all with proceeds benefiting the KAFP-Foundation. Thank you to our event supporter Wichita Surgical Specialists, P.A.
Resolutions are the official means by which you as a member have input into the Academy’s governance and political process. The official resolution process adopted by the KAFP Board of Directors is on the KAFP website. You are encouraged to submit a resolution if you have a topic you are interested in addressing. KAFP can help guide you through the process of writing your resolution. A resolution writing worksheet is available on the website along with important dates. Contact KAFP at email@example.com or 316.721.9005 for resolution assistance.
Please submit your resolution for consideration by Monday, May 6, 2019. You may send by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 316-721-9044 or by U.S. mail to:
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Don't forget to vote! Elections for District and Faculty Directors are conducted by U.S. Mail ballot. Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and Faculty Directors (Kansas City campus and Wichita/Salina campuses) are up for election this year. Ballots have been mailed to all voting members in the those respective districts/campuses and must be returned to the KAFP office by Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Questions? Contact KAFP at email@example.com or 316.721.9005.
Thank you to the following District and Faculty Director candidates for running:
District 1: Keith Ratzlaff, MD (Olathe)
District 3: Jared Johnson, MD (Wichita); Doug Nunamaker, MD (Wichita); and Dirk Smith, MD (Wichita)
District 5: Robyn Hartvickson, MD (Newton) and Danelle Perry, MD (Manhattan)
District 7: Elizabeth "Libby" Hineman, MD (Scott City) and Jill Linville, MD (Lakin)
KU Kansas City Faculty Director: K. Allen Greiner, MD and Margaret Smith, MD, MPH, MHSA, FAAFP
KU Wichita Faculty Director: Rex Keith, MD and Jennifer Thuener, MD
The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians is excited to partner with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) for the premiere screening of a new documentary titled "Critical Condition: Stories of Health in the Heartland." This short film, created by award winning filmmaker Ky Dickens, features community members and health professionals across the state – including KAFP member Rob Freelove, MD – sharing their challenges and triumphs of caring for themselves, their families, and their communities. These events are part of the launch of ACS CAN's Medicaid covers US public education campaign. The campaign and this film are intended to foster an important and open dialogue about the role that Medicaid plays in the lives of our friends, neighbors and communities. Screening events will take place in Overland Park, Wichita, and Salina this week! Please join us!
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On April 19, CDC posted its latest updated number of 2019 measles cases in the U.S. on its Measles Cases and Outbreaks web page, now increased to 626 cases across 22 states. This number reflects an increase of 71 cases over the previous week’s total of 555, with the outbreaks now including two additional states. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000, second only to the 667 cases reported during all of 2014. In the coming weeks, 2019 confirmed case numbers will likely surpass 2014 levels.
The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington.
Opportunities for measles to spread as we continue through the spring travel season and into early summer are expected. The CDC offers these tips to keep vigilant about measles:
Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 9 of 10 people around them will also become infected if they are not protected. The virus can cause serious health complications, such as pneumonia or encephalitis, and even death.
- Ensure all patients are up to date on MMR vaccine.
- Consider measles in patients presenting with febrile rash illness and clinically compatible measles symptoms (cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis).
- Patients exposed to measles while traveling for Passover could begin to develop symptoms between late April through mid-May.
- Ask patients about recent travel internationally or to domestic venues frequented by international travelers, as well as a history of measles exposures in their communities.
- Promptly isolate patients with suspected measles to avoid disease spread and immediately report the suspect measles case to the health department.
- Obtain specimens for testing from patients with suspected measles, including viral specimens for genotyping, which can help determine the source of the virus. Contact the local health department with questions about submitting specimens for testing.
CDC continues to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated on schedule with the MMR vaccine. People 6 months and older should be protected with the vaccine before leaving on international trips.
For additional information and resources on measles, please visit the CDC's measles website.
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