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Annual Meeting to address how to become better team leaders for population health
KAFP
This year's KAFP Annual Meeting, June 11-13, welcomes Terry L. Mills, MD, FAAFP presenting "Culture Change in pursuit of Team Based Care and Population Health." Dr. Mills' presentation is scheduled for Thursday, June 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Attendees will understand the importance of culture in changing clinic dynamics; perceive the heightened need to increase team-based care and population health; and have new tools through which they can become better team leaders for population health.

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Last chance to sign up for Advocacy Day
KAFP
If you have not already registered, online registration is here or you can call the KAFP office at 316.721.9005. Registration is FREE for residents and students and $30 for all others. We do request that everyone pre-register, so we can prepare appropriately for seating and meals.

Advocacy Day is worth your time and effort. Be ready to be energized, well-prepared and informed about Kansas issues and the upcoming legislative session. We have a great line-up of topics and speakers who will cover Expanding our Grassroots Efforts; Health Care Issues Expected to Arise in the 2015 Session; the Kansas Hospital Association KanCare 2.0 Proposal on Medicaid Expansion; and more!

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Physician Temporary Coverage

Short and long-term temporary coverage opportunities for physicians are available throughout Kansas. Physicians select their assignments and are paid competitive rates. Hospitals, clinics, and private practices serving a rural or underserved population may request coverage. This program is administered by the KU Medical Center, Rural Health Education and Services.
 


Legislative Session open this week — FDOD volunteers needed
KAFP
The 2015 legislative session kicked off Monday, Jan. 12. Thank you to President Doug Gruenbacher, MD (Quinter) for serving the first day of the legislative session.

There are still three January dates that need to be filled — Jan. 16 (Friday); Jan. 26 (Monday); and Jan. 28 (Wednesday). Please contact us ASAP to fill these dates. Email Karen, or phone the office at 316.721.9005.

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Get involved in the Academy: Serve as a Constituency Delegate
KAFP
Kansas Academy of Family Physicians is seeking delegates to the American Academy of Family Physicians National Conference of Constituency Leaders, formerly the National Conference of Special Constituencies, to be held Thursday-Saturday, April 30-May 2, in Kansas City, Missouri. KAFP is looking for physician members who can represent the following five recognized special constituencies.
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KDHE helps individuals quit tobacco with new service
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment can help those who are ready to quit tobacco in 2015 keep their resolutions. KDHE offers free cessation support and information online at www.ksquit.org or toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). With the convenience of their cell phone, Kansans can now use a new Quitline service, Text2Quit, to help quit tobacco. "The new Text2Quit service and the Kansas Tobacco Quitline are great tools to help Kansans with their New Year's resolutions to quit smoking," said Dr. Susan Mosier, KDHE Acting Secretary and State Health Officer. "This free support and advice can help you achieve your goal to quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco and improve your health."
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Help your patients stop smoking in 2015
AAFP
Make 2015 the year your patients liberate themselves from tobacco and nicotine products. Help them quit with AAFP's Ask and Act Toolkit.

Check out this Infographic — How Smoking Cessation Changes Your Body (what happens to your body after your last cigarette 20 minutes to 15 years)

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Request for proposals issued for Sunflower Trails
The Sunflower Foundation
The Sunflower Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the Sunflower Trails program.

The foundation invites communities, schools and nonprofit organizations to submit proposals for building, enhancing or connecting trails in order to create safe, accessible places for outdoor physical activity.

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Safe and Active School Transportation — mini grant opportunity due Jan. 30
KAFP
Attention community health and school partners: Applications for the Safe and Active School Transportation (SAST) mini grant are due Jan. 30 and should be emailed to jchurch@kdheks.gov.

Funds will support efforts of community and/or school health teams to revise and promote district wellness policies and school transportation plans to include language and processes that support safe and active school transportation (e.g. bicycling and walking).

All grant recipients will receive technical assistance including monthly webinars. Ten schools will receive additional assistance via monthly meetings with subcontractor, PedNet. A pre-application technical assistance call will be held on Jan. 14 from 3:30-4 p.m. to give potential applicants more information about the SAST grant objectives and the application process. To join the conference call, please call: 866-620-7326 and when prompted, enter the conference code 895-805-4721.

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Endoscopy presentation, Feb. 15
KUSM-Wichita
Following participation in this presentation, participants will be prepared to:
  1. Explain the principles of "Information Mastery," including relevance, validity and usefulness of information.
  2. Define patient oriented evidence that matters (POEMs).
  3. Discuss the top 10 GI POEMs for 2013-2014 that apply to primary care endoscopists.
  4. Develop an approach for reviewing medical literature that is based on identifying POEMs when they are published.
Click here to check out the flyer.

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Hospital leaders propose Medicaid expansion to Legislature
The Witchita Eagle
State hospital leaders will make another push to expand Medicaid in Kansas when the Legislature reconvenes. The effort is being pitched as "KanCare 2.0," a reboot of the state's privatized Medicaid program. States can use federal funding to expand Medicaid and cover people who don't currently qualify. Kansas is among the states that have not done that.
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