New and noteworthy …
> KBGH chosen to lead mental health initiative for Kansas region
The Kansas Business Group on Health, an affiliate of the MSSC, is one of eight regions and coalitions chosen by the national steering committee for The Path Forward for Mental Health and Substance Use to implement its multi-stakeholder transformative initiative.
The Path Forward comprises a five-year plan to execute a first-of-its-kind private sector approach to improve mental health and substance use care for Americans across the nation. As a key part of the initiative, the Regional Employer Stakeholder Engagement Team (RESET regions) will leverage the influence of business coalitions, and their employer and other purchaser members, to work with health plans, health systems, medical and behavioral health providers, consultants and brokers to combat this public health crisis.
The Path Forward initiative is made up of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) Center for Workplace Mental Health and Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.
“The efforts of the KBGH will be key to achieving and leveraging sustainable and measurable improvements to access, comprehensive care and parity for mental health and substance abuse issues,” said Shelley Duncan, executive director. “We hope to make significant inroads to improving mental health and substance use care for Kansans.”
SAVE THE DATE: Wichita Docs Under 40 will hold its first event of 2020 on Friday, April 17, at the new Wichita Wind Surge ballpark. It’s a family event, so kids are welcome. It’s opening week, so be among the first to see Wichita’s new stadium and team.
> Community works on health plan
Staff from MSSC and Health ICT were among 54 community partners who participated recently in a development meeting for the 2020-22 Community Health Improvement Plan. A follow-up meeting to work on an implementation plan is set for Jan. 29.
The Community Health Improvement Plan identifies health priorities for the community and focuses attention and resources on those priorities. The group chose health care access, mental health and substance misuse as top priorities.
Some of the overlapping goals across all health issues were: improve referral networks and service integration; increase use of evidence-based screening tools for substance misuse and mental health; increase community knowledge of services/resources; and reduce suicide deaths in high-priority populations.
> Surgery residents and medical students benefit from new simulator
The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita is enjoying the use of its new simulator for its surgical skills lab at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis.
The surgical skills simulator was purchased for the lab by Ascension Via Christi and is used by surgery residents and medical students to enhance their technical skills. Labs involve suturing (both traditional and laparoscopic), knot tying, interpreting X-rays, emergent chest procedures, vascular anastomosis, breast procedures with sonographic and mammographic interpretation, colonoscopy, and bowel anastomosis, KUMC officials said.
The surgical simulator enhances aspects of suturing and surgical procedures, including hernia repair, cholecystectomy and colon resection.
> MPR finalist for Best Place to Work
Medical Provider Resources, a subsidiary of MSSC, was recognized last month for being a finalist for a Best Place to Work award through the Wichita Business Journal. MPR was also nominated last year for small business awards through the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Wichita Business Journal.