Who is KAMU?
The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU) exists to achieve equitable access to high quality health care for all Kansans. As the Primary Care Association (PCA) for the state of Kansas, KAMU has been supporting and strengthening its member organizations through advocacy, education, and communication since 1989.
KAMU’s mission is to grow and strengthen the clinics so that all Kansans will have a health care home where they can receive high quality preventative care and seek treatment for acute and chronic conditions that cover the spectrum of primary, dental, and behavioral health care.
Who Does KAMU Represent?
KAMU represents a diverse group of public and private nonprofit primary care clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), local health departments, and rural health clinics, as well as private individuals who have a keen interest in health care for Kansas’ underserved populations. Together, the member clinics are known as the Kansas Safety Net, and they provide medical, dental, and behavioral health care regardless of the ability to pay.
How is the Work Supported?
As the federally designated PCA, KAMU provides training and technical assistance for member clinics with FQHC designation. For non-FQHC member clinics, KAMU is able to provide services through funding from various sources, including private foundations and legislative appropriations. KAMU member clinics also are funded through a variety of sources, including patient revenue, fundraising and local contributions, community-based grants, foundation grants, state primary care grants, and federal grants.
What is the Kansas Safety Net?
The Kansas Safety Net is made up of medical, dental, and behavioral health clinics across Kansas with a mission to provide access to comprehensive health care for underserved populations, regardless of their ability to pay. While each safety net clinic is unique, they share in a spirit of community and a belief that healthy families and communities are possible with appropriate access to comprehensive health care.