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From the Executive Director: Carolyn Gaughan, CAE
KAFP

Thank you to all who participated in KAFP's 2014 Advocacy Day on Jan. 22. It was a record-breaking attendance with 91 participants for the activities of the day. A very important concern that was addressed during Advocacy Day was independent practice of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, HB 2251. We have developed talking points that I hope you will use to contact your Senator and Representative.

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'Childhood Illness' and 'Preventive Care' are top topic choices for SAM Group Learning Session, but it's not too late to submit your vote
KAFP
KAFP is planning a SAM Group Learning Session on June 4 in Overland Park and requests YOUR preference for topics.   So far only 22 have completed the short survey — but there's still time for you to complete it.  Go to (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/67L5HH6) to give input on your preference for the SAM Session topic.  Here are the rankings so far:

We have a tie between the SAMs on Childhood Illness and Preventive Care in receiving the highest number of #1 rankings.
The SAM on Heart Failure has the highest number of #2 rankings, and interestingly, also the highest number of #3 rankings.
The SAM on Coronary Artery Disease has the highest number of #4 rankings.
And the SAM on Preventive Care has the highest number of #5 rankings. (Interesting, as it is also tied for the highest number of #1 rankings ...)

Give your input before Jan. 31!  The SAM receiving the highest ranking will be selected for the June 4 session.

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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 (National Registry) is a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program. It requires all medical examiners (MEs) who wish to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to be trained and certified in FMCSA physical qualification standards. Medical examiners who have completed the training and successfully passed the test are included in an online directory on the National Registry website.

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Family Doctor of the Day open dates
KAFP
We are in the third week of the legislative session. Thank you to our volunteers last week: Shelly Gruenbacher, MD who served two days and Jen Brull, MD and Cathy Woodring. Thank you!

Listed below are dates still open. Thank you for volunteering.

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

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Legislative update — Jan. 24
KAFP

A bill allowing advanced practice registered nurses equal practice scope as family physicians, introduced in 2013, is gaining force in the 2014 Legislature. In prior years, APRNs have sought broader independence and scope of practice, but HB 2251 goes far beyond previous attempts. In fact, it offers a practice scope synonymous with that of physicians and provides no real boundaries to that scope.

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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month
KDHE
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network in commemorating National Birth Defects Prevention Month. This year's theme is "Birth Defects are Common, Costly, and Critical." The national campaign aims to increase awareness of birth defects, the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States.
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Save the date
KAFP

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Get active Kansas!
KAFP
The Governor's Council on Fitness (kansasfitness.org) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (kdheks.gov) are excited to announce the Get Active Kansas! Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GetActiveKansas.
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IAC's Give birth to the end of Hep B initiative helps birthing hospitals adopt and strengthen hepatitis B birth dose policies
IAC
As part of IAC's initiative to help the nation’s birthing institutions to Give birth to the end of Hep B, IAC is again asking all of its immunization partners to get involved in promoting the hepatitis B vaccine birth dose.

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AAFP invites member input on family medicine's future
AAFP
As family medicine continues the process of examining the challenges and opportunities that face the specialty today and defining a path forward in the context of a rapidly changing health care landscape, your voice is keenly important. An upcoming series of virtual town hall meetings being convened as part of the Family Medicine for America's Health: Future of Family Medicine 2.0 project will give you a chance to add your voice to this crucial discussion.
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