KHC Update — February 2022

KHC webinar: “Strategies for Effective Care Coordination”
Join us for our next KHC Office Hours on Feb. 23, 2022, from 10 – 11 a.m. The KHC team will welcome Jeff Capobianco, PhD, a national expert in behavioral health and Senior Consultant to the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. He will share perspectives on the key components of care coordination and outline strategies to advance the integration of behavioral health across the continuum. Register here.


Webinar series: Kansas Colorectal Cancer Control Program
This online education series is geared toward primary care providers, quality improvement leaders, nurses, and other clinic staff. Attendees will receive tools and resources to improve colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in the primary care setting. Sessions will address the new CRC screening guidelines, promising practices for improving office workflow, and population health strategies for improving completion of CRC screening outside of office visits. Each session will highlight a case study presented by a participating clinic as well as time for discussion and questions with your peers. Free continuing education credits available. This series is part of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) at the University of Kansas Medical Center. This series is from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on March 1, April 19, and May 17. Register here


Webinar series: Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction in Kansas
This online education series is intende for primary care providers and emergency department, hospital, and pharmacy practitioners. The Kansas Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Community of Practice will feature five sessions, one each Thursday in March. More information about each session is here (PDF). Free continuing education credits available for live attendance via zoom (2 hours designed to meet KSBHA's new Category III requirement). This series is part of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) at the University of Kansas Medical Center. This series is from noon to 1:00 p.m. on March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24, and March 31. Register here.

New opioid initiative enrolling one-on-one consultations
Kansas Partners in Opioid Safety (KPOS) is a unique opioid safety initiative from the KU Medical Center Area Health Education Centers and the Kansas Overdose Data to Action Program.

KPOS offers tools and resources for opioid safety and seeks to understand both the challenges and successes that organizations and communities face with opioid safety.

KPOS is arranging one-on-one 15-minute sessions with providers to discuss the most recent research data and evidence-based approaches for safe opioid practices. Topics include:

  • Chronic Pain Management and CDC Guidelines
  • Maximizing K-TRACS
  • Tapering
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Co-prescribing Naloxone

To discuss participating, e-mail KPOS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call (620) 235-4040. 


KHA webinar: Human Trafficking in Kansas
The next Kansas Hospital Association Noon Briefing will be March 8, with Jennifer Montgomery, Director of Human Trafficking Education and Outreach at the Office of Kansas Attorney General. She will present on Kansas’ four-pronged approach of prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnership to decrease human trafficking in Kansas. She will discuss the role hospitals play in helping to identify and support victims of human trafficking. She will also share tools and resources available to help hospitals combat human trafficking in their communities. More info here (PDF). Register here.


Sepsis Alliance (online) Leadership Conference: Empowering Improvements in Care
This free, virtual one-day event will take place on April 6 and is intended primarily for health care executives, leaders, and other decision makers.

From the Sepsis Alliance: Executives and leaders in health care face countless daily challenges, from bolstering clinical insight and driving innovation to pursuing equity and improving the bottom line. Leaders in sepsis care face additional challenges specific to this complex, costly, and difficult-to-diagnose condition: sepsis is still the number one cost and cause of death in U.S. hospitals. There is tremendous opportunity for improvement in sepsis awareness, innovation, and care — and it starts at the top.  

The Sepsis Alliance Leadership Conference will spotlight the role health care executives and leadership can play in improving awareness, recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of sepsis. It will also offer attendees the opportunity to engage with sepsis leaders and subject matter experts from across the country, as well as earn free nursing continuing education credit.  

→ More information and registration at www.SepsisLeadership.org

Funding opportunity for Community Health Worker clinic teams
KHC, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, is soliciting applications from clinics interested in embedding teams of Community Health Workers (CHWs) at clinics in Brown, Crawford, Johnson, Finney, Wyandotte, Sedgwick, Thomas, and Mitchell Counties. CHW teams will work to provide greater access to COVID-19 prevention and response while addressing chronic diseases and access to social determinants of health that exacerbate COVID-19. For more information, visit: www.khconline.org/CHW


RFP: Kansas Overdose Data to Action Program
KHC—in partnership with Kansas Department of Health and Environment—is soliciting applications from hospitals and health systems interested in participating in a project to identify provider needs related to opioid use and pain management and in implementing evidence-based interventions, including opioid overdose protocols, policies, and procedures. The interventions will engage hospitals, health systems, and community partners to promote referrals to evidence-based treatment and community resources. This is the third year of this three-year project and applications from new partners are welcome. For more information, visit: www.khconline.org/OD2A.


Webinar recording: Learn how to deploy eCR to reduce reporting burden on health care staff
KHC and KDHE—in collaboration with the CDC—have teamed up to help providers learn more about eCR, learn how to easily implement it, and ultimately improve public health reporting in our state. A webinar with CDC and KDHE officials was held recently, a recording of which can be accessed at no cost here. If you are interested in equipping your organization’s EHR with eCR capability, please let KHC know by emailing Treva Borcher at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Find more information on eCR here.


Tools for addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy
Individuals may be reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine for many reasons. One way that hospitals and health systems can increase vaccination rates for their patients, employees and communities is to focus on why people are hesitant. Understanding the roots of vaccine hesitancy allows health care organizations to tailor their vaccine communication strategies to their specific communities.  To that end, the AHA recently held a webinar to discuss finding in a new report by Kaiser Permanente and the California Testing Task Force, which examined what drives attitudes toward vaccines and describes archetypes of vaccine-hesitant individuals. Watch the recording here: https://youtu.be/kR1HtSlSuqs and download the report here.

Here are additional resources for addressing vaccine hesitancy:


No-cost HPV and flu vaccine training available for CME and CNE
The Immunize Kansas Coalition is offering no-cost training to help improve vaccination among young people: one module for HPV vaccination (approx. 30 min.) and one module for influenza vaccination (approx. 15 min.). The training modules are intended for medical and nursing staff members and teams addressing vaccine hesitancy and providing a strong recommendation for vaccination. There is no cost, and CME and CNE are available.

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About the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative
KHC is a provider-led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to transform health care through patient-centered initiatives that improve quality, safety, and value. Founded in 2008 by the Kansas Hospital Association and the Kansas Medical Society, KHC embodies the commitment of two of the state’s leading health care provider groups to act as a resource and continuously enhance the quality of care provided to Kansans. More information at: www.KHConline.org.

If you have any questions about this update or other matters, please direct them to KHC Communications Director Phil Cauthon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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