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As of September 27, Kansas has had two confirmed deaths related to vaping. Kansas currently has 11 probable/confirmed vaping-related cases, including the two deaths. Of the cases, 64% are male and age from 17-67 years old. 10 of the 11 were hospitalized and two remain hospitalized. Regarding the types of vaping products used, there was a combination or those reporting using only nicotine, only THC, only CBD and a combination of THC and nicotine.
Kansas vaping statistics show that show that 34.8% of Kansas high school students have ever tried e-cigarettes and 10.6% of Kansas high school students use e-cigarettes. (2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey). In 2017, 4.6% of Kansas adults reported that they use e-cigarettes. (2017 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System).
The KDHE website has a video hearing and video statements from Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary and Dr. Farha Ahmed, State Epidemiologist. It also has vaping education video messages that you may find valuable to share with your patients.
For nationwide information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Registration rates for the race increase midnight, October 5! Be sure and register for Let’s Move, Kansas run/walk by Friday, October 4 for the lowest registration rate! Join us on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Sedgwick County Park in Wichita. All proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation.
Children / Youth 17 & under:
- 5 Mile Walk: $20 for all participants 17 and under
- 5K timed race: Adult pricing applies for participants 17 and under
- September 14 – October 4: $40
- October 5 – October 11: $45
- October 19 Register Onsite: $50
Don’t forget that when you join or create a team for Let’s Move, Kansas – you automatically receive $3.00 off your registration! Visit www.LetsMoveKansas.com to see a listing of teams to join. It is a great way to support the Foundation’s programs for residents and students while living a healthy lifestyle and sharing a great day with your friends, family and colleagues.
Residents and medical students can use the discount code STURES19 for an additional $5.00 off.
Thank you to our 2019 sponsors:
Presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita
Media sponsor, KMUW Wichita 89.1
Platinum sponsors, Grene Vision Group and Wichita Surgical Specialists
Gold sponsor, Advanced Physical Therapy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Premier Property Management and West Wichita Family Physicians, PA
Silver sponsor, Aledade, Southcentral Pathology Laboratory, P.A., Wichita Urology
Bronze sponsors, Post Rock Family Medicine and Wichita Marriott
If you cannot participate in the race on October 19, the KAFP-Foundation would greatly appreciate a donation to support residents and students. Give today. The mission of the KAFP-Foundation is to promote the philosophy of family medicine, research and education of Kansas family physicians.
Kansas has some of the best family doctors! Help us showcase the great work of our members by nominating an outstanding family physician you know.
The deadline for submission of 2020 nominees is December 31, 2019. KAFP is seeking nominations for the following awards:
Kansas Family Physician of the Year: This is the highest recognition KAFP awards annually. Through it, KAFP recognizes involvement in community affairs and activities that enhance the quality of life of the community. Past recipients are ineligible, view past recipients.
Kansas Exemplary Teaching (two categories: full-time/part-time and volunteer): Through these annual awards KAFP recognizes members with exemplary teaching skills, who have implemented educational programs and/or developed innovative teaching models. Past recipients are ineligible, view past recipients.
Previous Exemplary Teaching Award (full-time/part-time and volunteer category) winners include: Drs. Amy Curry and Marty Turner (2019); Patricia Fitzgibbons and Todd Miller (2018); Chantel Long and Stephen Hawks (2017); Tara Neil and Joe Davison (2016); Doug Woolley and Jacques Blackman (2015). View all past recipients.
Do you know a Kansas family physician deserving of any of these honors? KAFP wants to hear from you!
Get your Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) volunteer date on your calendar early and get first pick on dates and get it crossed of your to-do-list now! The 2020 legislative session will be here before you know it! We invite all of our active members and residents with a Kansas license, to serve as the FDOD at the Statehouse during the legislative session.
FDOD is a volunteer program organized by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, in which KAFP provides for a family physician to be present at the Statehouse each day during the legislative session. KAFP relies on its trusted membership to volunteer to serve as FDOD.
The FDOD program is an opportunity to network in Topeka, learn about the legislative process, perhaps attend part of a session or committee, and provide a much-appreciated service to legislators on behalf of KAFP.
Volunteers assist legislators and their staff with health needs that may arise throughout the day. Checking blood pressure, distributing ibuprofen, examining sore throats: the health issues are mainly minor health needs, with a few more serious ailments during the year. The legislators are grateful for the program and it definitely puts family medicine in a favorable light!
FDOD volunteers report to the Capitol Building in Topeka at 9:00 a.m. and stay until 3:00 p.m. taking care of legislators, staff and sometimes even visitors who need medical attention.
Thank you for your consideration of taking a day to volunteer for this important program.
Visit the Center for Disease Control's Make a Strong Flu Vaccine Recommendation web page to help you make a strong recommendation for influenza vaccination, including a video, descriptions of all recommended flu vaccines and a link to the HCP Fight Flu Toolkit. Below are some tips from the website:
It is necessary for some patients to receive a strong recommendation from their provider. CDC suggests using the SHARE method to make a strong vaccine recommendation and provide important information to help patients make informed decisions about vaccinations:
SHARE the reasons why the influenza vaccine is right for the patient given his or her age, health status, lifestyle, occupation, or other risk factors.
HIGHLIGHT positive experiences with influenza vaccines (personal or in your practice), as appropriate, to reinforce the benefits and strengthen confidence in influenza vaccination.
ADDRESS patient questions and any concerns about the influenza vaccine, including side effects, safety, and vaccine effectiveness in plain and understandable language.
REMIND patients that influenza vaccines protect them and their loved ones from serious influenza illness and influenza-related complications.
EXPLAIN the potential costs of getting influenza, including serious health effects, time lost (such as missing work or family obligations), and financial costs.
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