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Kansas lags behind other states in the rate of pneumococcal immunizations in seniors. The rate in 2016 was 59.2 percent, while the national average was 66.9 percent. There are 19 counties in Kansas where the rate is less than 40 percent.
KAFP was selected as one of three chapters of the AAFP to receive a grant to participate in efforts to increase pneumococcal immunization rates in the
Medicare population. Through a competitive application process KAFP selected eight Kansas clinics to participate in its Kansas Family Medicine Pneumococcal Immunization Office Champions (KFMPIOC) program. Congratulations to the following:
The goal of the program is to increase adult pneumococcal immunization rates in participating family physicians’ practices through a targeted Quality Improvement (QI) project. The project uses an Office Champion (OC) model to increase adult immunization rates, utilizing a framework of Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations and National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Standards for Adult Immunization Practices.
- Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas Pittsburg
- Health Ministries Clinic Newton
- Heartland Healthcare Clinic Abilene
- KUMC – Landon Center on Aging Kansas City
- Montoya Family Practice Wichita
- Post Rock Family Medicine Plainville
- Rice Community Healthcare-Sterling (and Lyons) Medical Centers Sterling
- Stonecreek Family Physicians Manhattan
Read the press release.
Register for our fifth session in the free RISE Webinar Series on Wednesday, March 27: featuring Tina Khan, Community and Personal Leadership Consultant with Kansas Alliance for Wellness.
Meet Tina Khan...
Tina Khan spent 13 years in Dual Language Bilingual Classrooms as a teacher advocate for families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The principle stating leadership starts with you is especially near to her work both in and out the classroom. Tina has a Level I Kansas Leadership Center certification in Teaching Leadership and a Level II Case-In-Point certification for group facilitation. She has more than 10 years experience in team training and group facilitation. She has a degree from Kansas State University in K-12 Education and Bilingual/Multicultural licensure as well as an MA in American History and MS in Educational Administration & School Leadership from Emporia State University.
Tina currently works to increase healthy food access for communities across Kansas. Through her work at the Center for Engagement and Community Development at Kansas State University, she was instrumental in establishing the state’s 2nd CDFI (community development financing institute) and only the tenth CDFI in the country that focuses on increasing healthier food access for citizens. She is the current director for the Kansas Alliance for Wellness where she works to develop Food Policy Councils focusing on healthier food access in local communities, through local policy. She is passionate about connecting individuals with resources that benefit the progress of Kansas communities.
She fills her spare time with cycling, outdoor activities, animals and enjoying the beautiful countryside of Lyon County Kansas where she lives with her husband Brandon, their seven dogs, two miniature donkeys and potbelly pig Roscoe.
There is no charge for the RISE Webinar Series. However, registration is required to receive the log-in information for the webinar.
The RISE program is a wellness initiative of KAFP designed to help Kansas family physicians RISE above burnout. RISE resources include:
RISE: Restore, Invigorate, Strengthen, Energize.
Calling all residents and students! Don't miss this opportunity to present a poster at the KAFP Annual Meeting! KAFP invites all family medicine residents and students to submit an abstract for research, a case study or a literature review for the 2019 Poster Presentation. The due date for receipt of abstracts is March 1. The Poster Presentation will be at the KAFP Annual Meeting, Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Wichita Marriott Hotel, Wichita, Kansas.
KAFP-Foundation will provide a $100 participation stipend for each poster presentation. And for presenters coming from more than 60 miles away we will also provide a room for one night in the conference hotel.
To be considered, your completed abstracts must be received by March 1, 2019. Contact Michelle Corkins or call 316-721-9005 with questions.
CDC stated in its Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, FluView, that during the week ending January 26, the geographic spread of influenza in 45 states was reported as widespread; Puerto Rico and 3 states reported regional activity; two states reported local activity; the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands reported sporadic activity; and Guam did not report.
CDC has reported 2 additional pediatric deaths from influenza in the U.S. this season, for a total of 24. Last season, there was a record-setting number of pediatric deaths in the U.S. (185), so be sure to protect all your patients for whom vaccination is recommended.
Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. If you don't provide influenza vaccination in your clinic, please recommend vaccination to your patients and refer them to a clinic or pharmacy that provides vaccines or to the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to locate sites near their workplaces or homes that offer influenza vaccination services.
Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition
KAFP supports Raise the Age Kansas and Tobacco 21 to increase the age sale for all tobacco products to 21 across Kansas. Your help is needed this legislative session to build support under the dome and throughout Kansas in order to pass an effective bill next session for Tobacco 21.
How to get involved:
Together, let's build a Tobacco Free Kansas.
As of Feb. 6, the state of Washington has confirmed 51 cases of measles (www.doh.wa.gov) during what has become another vaccine-preventable outbreak in the United States. Forty-nine of the 50 cases of measles occurred in Clark County, Wash., and of these 49 cases, 42 of the patients were unimmunized and 34 were age 10 or younger. Of course, these outbreaks could be curbed if parents vaccinated their children with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), or measles, mumps, rubella and varicella/chickenpox (MMRV) vaccines.
AAFP interviews Public Health Director for Clark County Alan Melnick, MD, MPH., CPH. about the measles outbreak in Washington. Dr. Melnick said he really hopes family physicians across the country, and the AAFP, use the Washington measles outbreak to combat misinformation about vaccines, including MMR, that has been shared on social media. He also encouraged the AAFP to advocate for policy change to lead to higher vaccination rates and for adequate funding of the public health system to support public health departments in situations like the current measles outbreak. Finally, Dr. Melnick suggested family physicians take leadership roles in their communities, such as on the school board or as a team physician, advocating to improve immunization rates in student populations.
The full story with Dr. Melnick’s health advisory and immunization recommendations for patients during a measles outbreak is on the AAFP website.
Kansas Immunization Program
Registration is open for the February 21, 2019 KIP-KIS webinar.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Vaccine Hesitancy – How to Talk to Parents so They Will Listen, and Listen so Parents Will Talk
Presented by Barbara Pahud, MD
- The University of Kansas Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 Hour(s) Attendance w/ No Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- The University of Kansas Medical Center Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- APRNs/Nurses: The University of Kansas Medical Center Area Health Education Center East is approved as a provider of CNE by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 1 contact hour(s) applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number: LT0056-0749. Mary Beth Warren, MS, RN, Coordinator.
KDHE Primary Care
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) provides financial assistance to health care professionals in exchange for a commitment to work at approved sites in high-need, underserved areas. This week the NHSC opened the application cycle for two programs – its Loan Repayment Program (LRP) and a new Substance Use Disorder Workforce LRP (SUD Workforce LRP). Both applications close on Thursday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m.
- The NHSC LRP awards up to $50,000 toward student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at approved sites in high-need, underserved areas.
- The new NHSC SUD Workforce LRP provides up to $75,000 in exchange for a three-year commitment and expands eligible disciplines and site types for loan repayment. The program is open to health care professionals who provide SUD treatment services at NHSC-approved SUD sites.
HealthLandscape introduces the Rural Health Explorer. The Explorer includes the Rural Population Health Mapper, Appalachia Community Data Portal, and Rural Health Workforce Mapper. The Explorer also includes other mapping tools focused on health behaviors, health outcomes, and healthy living assets in non-urban counties across the U.S., as well as the entire Appalachian region.
The Rural Population Health Mapper draws from the RWJ County Health Rankings data to let users explore behaviors and health care resources that impact health outcomes, as well as policies and program initiatives that can impact these measures.
The Appalachia Community Data Portal combines county-level data from multiple sources, including economic status and health disparities data from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC); health outcomes, behaviors, and clinical care data from the Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings; and demographic and social determinants of health data from HealthLandscape’s Community Vital Signs data library.
The Rural Health Workforce Mapper includes all rural AND urban counties, while focusing on targeted physician and non-physician specialties that are important members of the rural health care continuum.
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