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> Annual skin cancer screening clinic
The 31st annual free Skin Cancer Screening Clinic provided by Wichita area dermatologists will be held on May 4 at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita from 8 a.m.-noon.
The clinic is sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology, the Medical Society of Sedgwick County, and KUMC.
The clinic will be held at KUSM-Wichita’s east entrance at 1010 N. Kansas. For more information, please call (316) 777-6104. A flyer is available for physicians to give to their patients.
> A fond retirement for Dr. Paul Callaway
A retirement reception for Dr. Paul Callaway, MD, was held April 3. Callaway has been the associate dean for Graduate Medical Education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita since 2013. He is responsible for ensuring the academic quality and integrity of the graduate medical education programs. He previously served as program director in Family Medicine and as a faculty member in the Family Medicine residency programs.
> Coalition looks at infant mortality rates
Nearly two dozen people representing various community initiatives and organizations attended a meeting of the Maternal Infant Health Coalition on March 25 at WSU Old Town. Attendees shared about the work they’ve been doing to decrease infant mortalities and improve health.
The good news is that Sedgwick County has seen a greater decline in its infant mortality rate than the state as a whole. The ongoing challenge is that the infant mortality rate from 2013 through 2017 was still higher in Sedgwick County (6.9 deaths per 1,000 live births) than the state rate (6.1). Sedgwick County also had more prematurity/low birth rate babies (24 percent) than the state (19 percent).
Racial disparities also remain. The infant mortality rate for black infants in Sedgwick County was 14.1 deaths per 1,000 live births compared with a 4.6 rate for whites, and the 67218 zip code in southeast Wichita had an infant mortality rate of 12.6.
> Ascension Via Christi has new leader
Ascension Via Christi has named Kansas native and senior Ascension leader Don King to lead its hospital network in Kansas. King will serve as Ascension senior vice president and Kansas ministry market executive for the faith-based health care organization beginning April 15.
King most recently served as COO for Ascension Alabama, where he led efforts to address community social determinants through participation in statewide opioid and behavioral health initiatives and improved quality measures of sepsis, heart failure and pneumonia, Ascension said in a press release. King previously worked as a hospital COO for Ascension Tennessee before being promoted to the president and CEO for the hospital network. Before working at Ascension, he was an administrator at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Missouri and at Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
King, who grew up in the Kansas City area, earned both his undergraduate and master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in southern California.
> 41st annual Health Care Roundtable
The 41st annual Health Care Roundtable will be held May 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Mark Arts, 1307 N. Rock Rd.
Speakers include Dr. Christa-Marie Singleton, senior medical advisor for the CDC, and Vicki Schmidt, Kansas insurance commissioner.
For more information and to register, visit the website of the Wichita Business Coalition on Health Care, an affiliate of MSSC, at WBCHC.com.
> Infectious disease symposium May 1
Join leaders May 1 in public health, emergency response, preparedness and health care to learn how highly infectious disease outbreaks are contained and managed in Kansas and the Midwest.
Attendees can network with local, state and federal partners to share information on how to plan for disease outbreaks and maintain readiness in your jurisdiction.
Presentation topics include infectious disease and public health, pandemic flu, tuberculosis, rabies and tick-borne disease investigations, hepatitis C/syphilis, and syndromic surveillance training using Essence.
Cost is $105, or $130 with CEUs. The symposium takes place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park. Registration closes on April 24. For more information or to register, visit https://www.jocogov.org/dept/health-and-environment/event/2019/04/09/10226
> Grant helps promote smoke-free work
A grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita/WorkWell KS will provide programs for businesses to help reduce smoking and tobacco use within in their employee base, free of charge.
The program will use evidenced-based strategies to reduce tobacco usage, increase quit attempts and make it easier for employees to avoid tobacco and secondhand smoke exposure at the worksite. For more information, call (316) 293-1853.