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Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators

The Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators is a group of health care communications professionals dedicated to improving communication with our communities, health care employees, physicians, media and more. KAHCC provides the following benefits for new and experienced communication professionals: two educational seminars; networking with peers; and membership directory; and online list serve.

Membership in KAHCC

For minimal dues, membership in KAHCC provides many benefits for the new and the experienced communication professional:

  • Two seminars are offered each year, one in the spring, and one in conjunction with the Kansas Hospital Association convention in September;
  • Networking opportunities with peers across the state through events and online collaboration;
  • Informative webinars; and
  • KAHCC Website at www.kahcc.org.

KAHCC Offers Three Levels of Membership

  • ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP ($40 per year): Employees of Kansas health care organizations who are responsible for developing, administering and implementing public relations/communications/marketing programs.
  • ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP ($50 per year): Individuals who work as consultants, employees or agency representatives for businesses that serve health care organizations.
  • STUDENT MEMBERSHIP ($5 per year): Individuals actively pursuing a degree in public relations, communications, marketing, etc.

KAHCC membership runs from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. If you have questions regarding KAHCC, contact: 2016 KAHCC President Cyril Russell at (620) 241-2251, ext. 136; or contact KHA Liaison Cindy Samuelson at (785) 233-7436.

KAHCC Mission Statement

The Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators (KAHCC), an allied organization of the Kansas Hospital Association, is a voluntary, non-profit organization, which exists to encourage the highest standards of practice in health care communications. The Association's mission can best be accomplished by providing professional leadership, educational opportunities and the exchange of information concerning matters of communications policies, practices and procedures.

Enter Your Hospital Communications in the Emerald Awards

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The Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators invites Kansas hospital and health care providers to enter their communications for a chance to win awards and acclaim from your peers. The Call for Entries is now available. Categories in the KAHCC Emerald Awards include: Internal and External Communications, Special Events, Digital Media Projects, Videos, Websites, Advertising, Writing, Media Relations/Crisis Communication, Small Budget-Big Results and Wildcard. We will also be awarding a Best of Show.

The Emerald Awards are completely electronic. An entry form and narrative  should accompany all entries. Email entries to emeralds@kha-net.org. Entries must be sent by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.

Awardees will be recognized at the KAHCC Emerald Awards banquet during the KAHCC Spring Conference at The Oread Hotel in Lawrence on April 14-15, 2016. We encourage attendance at the banquet from 5:30 – 9:00 pm on Thursday, April 14. Registration information for the Emerald Awards and the Spring Conference will be emailed.

KAHCC is looking forward to a fantastic awards event and encourages your participation.


For more information or to participate, contact Jan Fenwick at jfenwick@kha-net.org or (785) 233-7436.
For more information on this webinar, contact the KHA Education at (785) 233-7436 or cmadden@kha-net.org.
For more information, contact Dee Lewis at (785) 233-7436 or dlewis@kha-net.org
For more information regarding this meeting, contact Ronni Anderson at (785) 233-7436 or kanderson@khsc.org.
For more information regarding this event, contact Steve Poage at (785) 233-7436 or spoage@kha-net.org.