Thanks very much to the five area physicians who delivered pre-camp and sports physicals Wednesday and Thursday evening, June 5-6, for children preparing to attend the Kids on Campus program starting June 10 at Kansas City, Kan., Community College. A total of 52 children received physicals. Physicians and KCMS staff viewed this as a great opportunity for community service and to help make sure that these primarily low-income children have access to quality health care.

Kathryn Foos, MD; Edward Christiansen, MD

Kevin Koch, MD; Julia Ehly, MD; Michael Parra, MD

Physicians helping at the event were Edward Christiansen, MD, family medicine, Olathe Health; Julia Ehly, MD, Pediatric Associates; Kathryn Foos, MD, primary care, AdventHealth; Kevin Koch, MD, emergency medicine, AdventHealth; and Michael Parra, MD, family medicine, Providence Medical Group.


Kids on Campus is a six-week summer day camp running five days a week through July 19 that helps youth imagine career and educational opportunities, especially in health professions, business and STEAM (science, technology, education, arts and math).


Enthusiasm for the program was shared by the children, their families, participating physicians and Medical Society staff on hand. Children and their families were very appreciative of the Medical Society’s presence to help facilitate their attendance at the summer camp. Besides introducing children to career opportunities, the camp also provides much-needed summer child care for the families.


Physicians embraced the opportunity. Observed one KCMS staff member, “Not only did they provide the basic physical, but each physician also took the time to talk to each child they saw to make sure they felt comfortable to ask any questions they might have beyond the basic physical. They also wanted to make sure that each child is able access the quality care that they might not be getting on a regular basis. They all went above and beyond.”


KCMS staff members supported KCK Community College staff by welcoming the children and families. Spanish-speaking families were assisted by Maria Valencia of the KCMS Foundation who is bilingual.


Kids on Campus is a joint venture of Kansas City, Kan., Community College, Kansas State University-Olathe, KC United, KU ThrYve and various community partners.