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SAM group learning session on June 4 — your input needed for topic selection
KAFP
KAFP is planning a SAM Group Learning Session on June 4 in Overland Park and would like YOUR input as to your preference for topics.  Please go to this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/67L5HH6 and answer the 2 question survey to rank the topics for your preference.  The survey will be open during the month of January and the highest ranked topic will be selected at that time. Thank you! 
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2014 Advocacy Day is tomorrow — support family medicine
KAFP
We hope you are already registered for KAFP's 2014 Advocacy Day tomorrow, Jan. 22. But rest-assured, if you would like to attend you are welcome. Please register on site at the KMS building, 623 SW 10th St., Topeka, Kan. You are invited to the Legislative Reception from 6-8 p.m. at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet your legislator(s). Please come!
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Legislative update
KAFP

Governor sets the stage in State of the State Address

Gov. Sam Brownback delivered his fourth State of the State address to a packed House chamber. The speech was largely upbeat and inspiring, touting the successes of many programs and initiatives, while calling on policymakers to continue building on past achievements.

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DOT training course offered Feb. 15
KAFP
There is still time to register for the DOT training course in Salina on Feb. 15. The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners is a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration program. It requires all medical examiners who wish to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers to be trained and certified in FMCSA physical qualification standards.
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Advocate for your specialty; volunteer as FDOD on Jan. 30
KAFP
The 2014 legislative year is officially up and running! Thank you to our volunteers last week: Mary Beth Miller, MD who served two days and Drs. Dennis Tietze, Mike Kennedy and Sheryl Beard who all served one. Thank you!

Listed below are dates still open. Let's start by filling the Jan. 30 date.

Jan. 30
Feb. 14
March 10, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25
April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
May 1

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Radon physician guide available; encourage patients to test homes
KAFP
Governor Sam Brownback has designated January as "Kansas Radon Action Month." This is part of a statewide effort to highlight the significance of radon gas as a risk factor for lung cancer and the importance of testing homes for the presence of radon and fixing those homes which have elevated radon levels.
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50th Anniversary Surgeon General's report
AAFP
The landmark report released by the ninth Surgeon General, Dr. Luther Terry, laid the foundation for tobacco control efforts in the U.S. Through the efforts of tobacco control professionals, advocates and researchers the work has continued to move forward. Learn about the progress of tobacco control in the 50th Anniversary on Smoking and Health Video and Podcast series, featuring interviews from key leaders in the fight against tobacco AAFP Ask and Act tobacco cessation resources: http://www.aafp.org/patient-care/public-health/tobacco-cessation/ask-act.html.
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Matters of the heart
KFMC
February is Heart Health month. To celebrate, KFMC is hosting a special phone education event for anyone interested in learning more about heart health and how to become heart smart. KFMC invites you to hear a very personal story from Deborah Rose, retired Brigadier General in the Kansas National Guard, who suffered a heart attack while driving in 2012. You'll also hear from healthcare provider, Carol Bragdon, APRN, with Stormont-Vail HealthCare and learn about changes you can make to improve your heart health.
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Influenza activity is high in Kansas
KDHE
Influenza activity is high in Kansas, and health officials here are encouraging everyone six months of age and older to get vaccinated, if they have not already done so this season. Based on data from the Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network, influenza activity is high and widespread within the state. During the week ending Jan. 10, 2014, five percent of outpatient visits to ILINet clinic sites were due to influenza-like illness.
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