Members of the Kentucky Ambulatory Network (KAN)
The Kentucky Ambulatory Network (KAN) is, as you know, Kentucky ’s primary care practice-based research network. The KAN General Advisory Council reviewed this new AAFP quality improvement project, and concluded that KAN can endorse the project. Therefore, we encourage you to consider participating. Kentucky is one of the 14 targeted states in which more than 20% of adults are smokers. The Office Champions project is built on the AAFP’s Ask and Act program, which is based on the evidence in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Clinical Practice Guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2008 update.
Both the Ask and Act program and the Office Champions pilot project have had positive results. The Office Champions website provides more information and a link to the application: www.aafp.org/online/en/home/clinical/publichealth/tobacco/officechampions.html.
The AAFP Office Champions project team will run the project. Its Project Manager, Sandy Sheehy, can answer your questions (firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-274-2237 ext 3141).
A Fax blast was sent to KAN members’ offices. The deadline to apply is May 8th. (Today!) Only family medicine practices are eligible to participate. The Physician Champion has to be an active AAFP member. The Office Champion, however, can be a physician, PA, RN, LPN, MA, office manager – whoever you want it to be. Although no CME credits are offered, participating practices receive several benefits, including $2,000 and materials for patients.
As always, thank you for your involvement in KAN. We wish you the best with this and any other quality improvement efforts you may embrace!
If you are not a member of KAN but would like to know more –
EmailMs. Mary Barron at email@example.com or call (859)323-4889
KAN members that participate in research projects can qualify for up to 30 Prescribed AAFP CME credits per 3 year.