Who Can Be A Member?
Membership in the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU) consists of organizations that are part of or support Kansas safety net clinics. These include Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), FQHC Look-Alikes, state-funded primary care clinics, faith-based clinics, indigent clinics, local health departments providing primary care, and other nonprofit primary care clinics.
KAMU has 50 members, including 44 clinics that provide direct health care services, four community mental health centers, and other members who do not provide direct care but support the mission. In addition to the 44 main clinic sites, services are provided at 44 additional sites for a total of 88 access points.
While the members of KAMU all work toward the same goal of serving uninsured patients, there is diversity in the services provided. Services may include, but are not limited to, primary medical care, dental, behavioral health, substance use, obstetrics/gynecology, pharmacy, specialty medical, and vision.
For more than 25 years, KAMU has supported its member clinics through the following activities:
- Advocating with the state legislature to ensure the primary care grant program is adequately funded each year;
- Assisting with clinician recruitment and retention for member clinics;
- Providing training opportunities and individual technical assistance for members;
- Providing board training to evaluate mission, policies, financial responsibilities, administrative roles and responsibilities, and CEO relationship;
- Providing support during site visits;
- Group purchasing programs, such as Value in Purchasing, Optum Fee Analyzer, and UptoDate to save money on medical and other supplies; and
- Providing training and assistance with quality improvement initiatives, such as a Patient Centered Medical Home recognition.
Organizational Membership: Nonprofit or public organizations, which by legal mandate or explicit mission, deliver primary and preventive health care services including medical, dental and/or behavioral health services on a full-time basis to patients regardless of their ability to pay, either by legal mandate or by explicitly adopted mission.
Associate Membership: Nonprofit or public organizations that provide direct primary and preventive health care services, including medical, dental and/or behavioral health services that either are not comprehensive in nature or are not on a full-time basis.
Affiliate Membership: Nonprofit or public organizations that do not provide primary care services, but support KAMU’s mission to strengthen its member organizations through advocacy, education, and communication.
Individual Membership: Individuals who support KAMU’s mission to support and strengthen its member organizations through advocacy, education, and communication.
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