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September 19, 2014 at Bartle Hall-Kansas City Convention Center. Click here for more information and to register.

 




Participate in Family Medicine Tobacco Office Champions project
KAFP
Deadline to apply is Aug. 12

The KAFP is recruiting 10 family medicine offices for a project that encourages and teaches Office Champions to implement system changes to promote the integration of tobacco cessation activities into daily office routines. Practices that participate in the project will designate a Physician Champion and an Office Champion to lead the project and communicate results to the KAFP. Office Champions and team members will be required to complete a training program, submit an implementation plan and track and report results. Support will be provided by educational coordinators and KAFP resources.

For details, click here. To apply and for more information, go to http://kafponline.org/FMTOC/.

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KAFP Committee opportunity closes July 11
KAFP
Please respond by Friday, July 11, if you are interested in serving on a KAFP Committee. There's something for everyone! Through committee involvement you can help determine the direction of family medicine. Click here to indicate the committees in which you are interested. Appointed committee members help form policy and make recommendations to keep the organization at the forefront of the specialty on a variety of topics affecting the specialty.

If you have questions, please contact us at kafp@kafponline.org or 316.721.9005. Thank you for your interest!

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1st cases of travel-associated chikungunya virus reported in Kansas
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has identified the state's first two cases of travel-associated chikungunya virus. The patients, both of whom are adults from Sedgwick County, reported recent, but separate, travel to the Caribbean.

"Chikungunya virus can be a serious and debilitating disease, and we want travelers to be aware," said Robert Moser, MD, Secretary and State Health Officer. "It is important for persons traveling to countries where chikungunya virus infections are currently reported to take appropriate precautions to prevent exposures to mosquito bites," Moser said.

Outbreaks of chikungunya virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, have occurred in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Chikungunya was first established in the western hemisphere on St. Maarten, an island in the Caribbean, in December 2013. Additional cases have been identified in a total of 19 countries throughout the Caribbean to date.

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Fall Virtual SAM to focus on diabetes
KAFP
The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians in partnership with the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians is excited to announce a virtual, American Board of Family Medicine endorsed Self-Assessment Module party centered on Diabetes for Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at 5 p.m. Mark your calendar now and register to participate.

ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN JULY 21 and is limited to the first 20 KAFP members who register.

Click here to read more. If you have questions or would like to register, please contact KAFP at 316-721-9005 or at kafp@kafponline.org.

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What's happening with personal belief exemptions across the nation
Needle Tips
Compulsory vaccination for children enrolled in childcare facilities and schools has been a major contributor to the success of the U.S. immunization program. The constitutionality of mandatory vaccination was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1905 (Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11). Although there is no national law requiring the vaccination of school children, all states and the District of Columbia have vaccination requirements for children. All byt two states allow exemptions to state mandates for non-medical reasons, and there is no constitutional right that requires states to include such exemptions (Prince v. Massachusetts 321 U.S. 158[1944]). Exemptions to school vaccincation requirements continue to be an issue for discussion and debate in many state legislatures.
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You're invited ... AAFP Assembly in Washington, DC | Where, how and why converge
AAFP
How you practice family medicine is with skill, knowledge and compassion.

Why is simpler. You were called.

Join thousands of your colleagues for the 2014 AAFP Assembly, Oct. 21-25, in Washington, D.C.

See Assembly firsthand in this brief video shot onsite last year.

Take five days to learn, connect and be inspired. Choose from 300-plus CME sessions and many other innovative ways to learn, share and grow.

Register by Sept. 17 to save up to $100.*
*This offer does not apply to Students, Residents, Inactive or Life members.

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Measles: A dangerous illness
Needle Tips
The Immunization Action Coalition publishes "Unprotected People Reports" about people who have suffered or died from vaccine-preventable diseases. Measles is a serious disease. The measles virus is very contagious, so when one person gets infected, it's easy for the disease to spread. Measles is still common around the world. There have been many recent measles outbreaks due to infected people bringing the disease into the United States from other countries. Unvaccinated people put themselves and others at risk for measles and its serious complications.

In 1962, Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many other beloved books for children and young adults, suffered a heartbreaking loss: the death of his 7-year-old daughter Olivia from the complications of measles encephalitis. More than 20 years after Olivia's death, Dahl wrote this personal essay in her memory. Dahl aimed his essay at parents who were refusing to give their children the measles vaccine in the United Kingdom. He encourages all parents to get their children vaccinated. As Dahl states in his essay: "It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunized."

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New pediatric obesity program
Colorado Academy of Family Physicians
Check out this new pediatric obesity program by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians! This intervention obesity program Fit Family Challenge has shown statistically significant results in lowering BMI, and increasing healthy habits and received the AAFP’s Outstanding Program award.

The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians and the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine invite you to Save the date for the Fit Family Challenge Dissemination Training.
    What: The award-winning Fit Family Challenge is a proven pediatric obesity intervention that takes place in the primary care clinic. This hands-on training will give you the tools you need to fully implement this program at your practice. Find out more at http://coloradoafp.org/ffc/.

    When: Thursday, Feb. 5, and Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

    Where: Marriott Denver Airport at Gateway 16455 E. 40th Circle, Aurora, Colorado, 80011
If you’re interested in signing up for the training or if you have more questions please contact Sarah Roth by email: Sarah@coloradoafp.org or by phone: (303) 696-6655 X16.

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