Community-Based Primary Care Clinic Program – administered by KDHE Primary Care Office

As the state budget allows, state general funds are provided to assist in the development and operation of clinics that focus on improving access to health care with an emphasis on community-based services and reducing health disparities for underserved populations. Grant funds are intended to make primary medical and dental care, prescription drugs, and preventive health care services accessible and affordable to underserved Kansas residents, including uninsured individuals and those enrolled in public insurance programs with eligibility based on income that are operated by the state of Kansas and/or federal government (KanCare).

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Behavioral Health/Primary Care Integration Project – funded by The Sunflower Foundation

The Sunflower Foundation seeks to develop and support the integration of behavioral health and primary care in Kansas.

KAMU was granted two $50,000 grants to coordinate sending integration teams to Cherokee Health Systems Integration Training in Knoxville, TN.  The integration teams consisted of staff from safety net clinics and their regional Kansas community mental health center. The grant was funded in 2012-2013.

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Capital Improvement Grant (CIG) – administered by KAMU

As the state budget allows, state general funds are provided to assist in the capital needs of state-funded safety net clinics (through the Community-Based Primary Care Clinic Program). State funding was allocated for the first time in 2008, specifically to enhance the infrastructure of the safety net. Due to the rapid growth in the number of patients served by clinics, the Legislature understood that this ongoing increase in patients could not be maintained without some investments in facilities, workforce and knowledge base.

The primary purpose of this grant program is to achieve the Legislature’s goal: To increase the capacity of the safety net so that more underserved Kansans have access to and receive quality healthcare services.

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Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) – funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

An HCCN is a group of safety net providers collaborating to improve access to care, enhance quality of care, and achieve cost efficiencies through the redesign of practices to integrate services, optimize patient outcomes, or negotiate managed care contracts on behalf of the participating members. KAMU has developed an HCCN to assist our member clinics with adoption and implementation of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology, achievement of Meaningful Use through the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs, and use of the health data to support Quality Improvement initiatives.

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Oral Health/Primary Care Integration Project – funded by DentaQuest Foundation

The DentaQuest Foundation, through the Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net Initiative, seeks to build national, state, and local capacity to preserve and strengthen the oral health safety net that serves the healthcare needs of millions of uninsured and underserved Americans.

KAMU has applied for and was granted $100,000 in the two years (2011-2012, 2012-2013) of the three year initiative. The initiative expects KAMU to build their capacity to promote oral health issues by developing work plans to impact the following initiative priority areas:

  • Promote interprofessional activities among dental and medical programs in Community Health Centers.
  • Elevate the importance of oral health within the PCA, and developing executive leadership at Community Health Centers to promote optimal oral health.
  • Advance safety net oral health needs at the state level.
  • Optimize the management of dental programs to provide sustainable and effective oral health care.

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Tobacco and Obesity Mini-grant – funded by Kansas Health Foundation

The Kansas Health Foundation Capacity Grant is administered through KAMU to build the capacity of Kansas Safety Net Clinics in assessment, counseling and referrals related to tobacco cessation and overweight/obesity as well as addressing diabetes control,  cervical cancer screening and childhood immunization rates in the Federally Qualified Health Centers.  In 2013, additional funds were awarded to the clinics as mini-grants to fund a standardized approach in educating the healthcare staff in understanding tobacco use and weight issue of the Kansans they serve.  The mini-grant element of the project engages the expertise of the Kansas University Research Institute and will result in educational materials to be made available on the KAMU public website.

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