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Keep calm at the KAFP Fun Run
KAFP
A popular event at the KAFP Annual Meeting is the 5K Fun Run/Walk!

This year we welcome Dr. Doug Iliff who will introduce a fitness test, "What's Your Mile."

Learn how to calculate you and your patients' fitness, and therefore risk of premature death, by knowing how fast you can walk one mile — plus your age, sex, weight and your heart rate at the finish. We can approximate your risk by simply knowing how fast you can walk one mile. Simply by testing yourself every year, you can discover whether you are maintaining your vitality, or sliding down that slippery slope into a recliner in front of the hi-def TV.
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Legislative update
KAFP
Legislative leaders had indicated that the week of May 13 would likely be a long workweek and exhorted members to be packed and ready in anticipation. The reality is that little real progress was realized. A few conference committee reports received final action and there were a few meetings of the budget and tax conference committees, but the House and Senate are still at an impasse on settling tax and budget issues for the year.
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KSWebIZ training
KAFP
KSWebIZ will be holding online training the following dates and times. Participation is encouraged for new users, inventory managers and all registry users. This training is designed for users that directly access the registry, which does not include interface users – training calls for those users will be held at different times. Please call or email the KSWebIZ helpdesk if you need assistance with signing up or for any additional questions you may have on the training. 877-296-0464 / immregistry@kdheks.gov.
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Impacting population health — a note from Dr. Moser
KAFP
Many national and regional organizations are discussing efforts to improve health in communities through increasing collaborative relationships between public health and those providers of medical, hospital, behavioral health and social services that are entry points for care. I write to invite you to participate in an important discussion around opportunities and challenges in this work here in Kansas. Please join us for a summit event "Impacting Population Health: A Statewide Conversation," on June 11, at the Topeka Ramada Inn Downtown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Mid-America Immunization Coalition's Immunization Symposium 2013
KAFP
You're invited to the MAIC symposium, "Disease Knows No Borders."

Date: Friday, June 21, 2013
Time: 7:30 a.m. to p.m.
Location: The Ritz Charles Conference Facility, 9000 West 137th St., Overland Park, KS 66221
Topics include:
  • Pertussis: Age is no border
  • Adult Immunizations: Issues across the lifespan
  • Pharmacists' Changing roles
  • Influenza: What's new
  • Communication Across All Borders: Parents, teens, seniors, diverse cultures

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Koontz named to KHC Board
KAFP
Dr. Jennifer Scott Koontz, MPH, FAAFP (Newton) was named to the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative Board of Directors. A native of Hutchinson, Dr. Koontz joined the Newton Medical Center staff in 2009. She earned an undergraduate degree from Bethel College, Newton, and a doctorate in medicine from the University Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. She completed her residency in family medicine and a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Via Christi in Wichita.
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Invite your patients to participate in part of a Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Trial - Screenings offered in Wichita
KAFP
The Department of Endocrinology at Children's Mercy Hospital & Clinics is looking for participants in the following research studies:

1: Relatives of people with type 1 diabetes have a 10-15 times greater risk for the disease than those with no family history. The Pathway to Prevention study provides no cost screening for the presence of diabetes-related auto-antibodies that may determine an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes. Relatives — parents, siblings and children ages 1-45 and half-siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews ages 1-20 — are eligible to be screened.

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Guidance: Pentacel, Daptacel and Pediarix shortages 2013
CDC
CDC has issued Guidance for Vaccinating Children during the 2013 Pentacel, Daptacel and Pediarix Shortages. The Guidance has been issued in response to SanofiPasteur's Pentacel® (DTaP-IPV/Hib) and Daptacel® shortages and the reduced allocation of GlaxoSmithKline's Pediarix® vaccine. The shortages are expected to last throughout the summer of 2013.
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Governor's Council on Fitness calls for Health Champion nominations
Kansas Department of Health & Environment
The Governor's Council on Fitness is asking for nominations in the 2013 Kansas Health Champion awards. Each year the Governor recognizes an individual and an organization for their exceptional efforts to model, encourage and promote fitness in Kansas. The deadline for nominations is June 28.

"Take the opportunity now to nominate your favorite health champion for this award and special recognition by Gov. Sam Brownback. Besides recognizing exemplary contributions, the awards program identifies models of effectiveness in increasing physical activity that can be reproduced in other organizations and communities," said Virginia Elliott, chair of the Governor's Council on Fitness and vice president of Programs for the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.

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Hospitals get more revenue from primary care docs than specialists
FierceHealthcare
Primary care physicians generate more revenue for their hospitals than specialists — $1.57 million versus $1.42 million, respectively — according to a May report from recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins. Representing a "seismic shift" toward primary care and hospital physician employment, revenue generated by primary care physicians jumped 23 percent while specialists' generated revenues declined 10 percent over the past decade, Medical Economics reported.
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Methodology for testing measles and mumps
Kansas Department of Health & Environment
The Kansas Health & Environmental Laboratories (KHEL) is pleased to announce advancement in viral diagnostic testing.

Effective May 15, the detection of measles and mumps will now be performed using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methodology, in lieu of cell culturing. This PCR procedure will allow an increased sensitivity and rapid detection (0-3 days), leading to enhanced patient care and a more efficient response during outbreak situations.

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