KHC Update — March 2022

KHC webinar: Kansas Health Information Network Deep Dive
Join us on Wednesday, March 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. for KHC Compass Office Hours. We will welcome Rhonda Spellmeier with the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN), will discuss using the KHIN health information exchange technology to reduce readmissions and improve transitions of care. All are welcome. Register here.


Update: Summit on Quality, 2022
KHC’s primary event — The Summit on Quality — has been different since our last in-person event, which was the 11th annual Summit in Wichita, in 2019. Each year since then, we’ve adapted to changing circumstances to offer an educational opportunity that was appropriate for the time and for the circumstances faced by our partners. While the pandemic itself has relatively subsided, the circumstances many of our partners continue to face are significant to say the least. For many, staffing challenges alone make attending an event like the Summit an unaffordable luxury — at least in May 2022, as we had planned.

Therefore, KHC staff and our Board of Directors have decided it would be better to delay the Summit until later in the year, when perhaps staffing challenges will have also subsided and attending such an event will once again be feasible and welcome. We have set the new date for August 19 in Topeka at the KAMMCO/Kansas Medical Society/KHC conference center. To receive the latest information about Summit developments and other KHC news, subscribe to our newsletter: www.khconline.org/newsletter.

We will be working to tailor this educational opportunity to circumstances faced by both clinical staff and hospital staff as the date approaches. We anticipate offering national speakers, local partner presentations, and roundtable discussions to consider topics such as burnout, staffing challenges, behavioral health and integrated care, and practical application of health equity principles, among other things. We look forward to being able to meet in person once again and benefit from the opportunity that spending a short time away from daily demands can have for KHC’s work and the work of our partners.

Webinar: Building Vaccine Confidence in Families
Navigating difficult conversations with families on vaccine hesitancy is possible when you have the right tools. On April 21 from noon to 1 p.m., join Karen Ernst, Executive Director of Voices for Vaccines, for an interactive webinar on how to apply active listening, empathy, and affirmation to help families with concerns about vaccines reach acceptance. 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits will be available for this live event. Register here.


Webinar series: Antibiotic Stewardship: Practical Implementation for Kansas Facilities
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Kansas Department of Health and Environment along with KHC will co-host a four-part series to build knowledge and confidence and improve antibiotic practices in Kansas hospitals. This online education series is intended for pharmacists, nursing leaders, clinicians, quality leaders, infection preventionists, and antibiotic stewardship team members. Speakers include Kelli Wark, MD, MPH and Nicole Wilson, PharmD, BCIDP, DPLA. The series will walk attendees though the basics of starting an antibiotic stewardship program, tracking, and reporting antibiotic use, and implementation strategies. This series is from noon to 1 p.m. on April 7, May 5, June 2, and July 7. 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 April 19 and May 17. Register here.

Webinar series: Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction in Kansas
This online education series is geared toward 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 24 and March 31. 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. 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 CNE. More information and registration here.


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.


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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