University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth (KUCTT) Beginning in 1991, KUCTT is one of the earliest and most successful telemedicine programs in the country and has implemented numerous service and research projects, many of them focused on underserved children and families.
Because of needs driven by sites, the most active outpatient service for both clinical care and research is child behavioral health, supporting over 2,000 families each year for developmental and behavioral health concerns.
The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHCSEK) is the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Kansas. The CHCSEK is committed to providing quality health care to everyone based upon their ability to pay. It is a patient-owned and operated organization serving almost 40,000 children and adults annually, with approximately 40% of encounters focused on children.
On a daily basis, more than 300 patients (and growing numbers) utilize the facility staffed by 115 health care professionals and support staff. CHCSEK has rapidly expanded from its beginning in a double-wide trailer in 2003 to a recent $5.7 million expansion to a state-of-the-art 42,000 sq. ft. space. In addition to medical, behavioral, and pharmacy services on site, the expansion adds a Vision and Hearing Center, a seven-day-a-week walk-in clinic, a medical fitness room and Diabetic Education Center.
The CHCSEK achieved NCQA designation as a patient-centered medical home and has been an early innovator to reach children and families, including a mobile clinic that reaches out to Pittsburg schools as well as a school-based health clinic in Coffeyville, the poorest Kansas' town.
CHCSEK works closely with Circles of Hope, a community development and consumer empowerment approach to help families in poverty, with a focus on skills development, support resource identification/ utilization, and positive peer-to-peer relationships.
The Life Span Institute (LSI) has a long-standing commitment to the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families, including children with developmental and behavioral concerns. The LSI is one of 13 centers of the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas, garnering over $5 million federal and state funds in 2014-2015 to service children and families in the southeast region.
LSI is CDC funded as Liaisons to CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early" and will assist in sharing this early autism identification information across project partners. In addition, LSI's Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, with core funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, focuses on activities that include exemplary client services and research with persons with intellectual or other developmental disabilities and their families. These connections will assist both with recruitment and with widely disseminating project findings.
For over 70 years, the Ashley Clinic has served children and families in Chanute and surrounding counties. The Ashley Clinic specializes in quality healthcare for the entire family, completing over 5,000 pediatric visits/year. The clinic has 16 providers covering pediatrics, general surgery, urology, OB/GYN, family medicine, and diabetic counseling and education to better serve the communities' needs.
The telemedicine program is spearheaded by Dr. Greta McFarland, a Kansas pediatrician for over 35 years. Notably, she has been a leader in advocating for children in poverty throughout her career, most recently championing Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics activities to consider ways to decrease adverse childhood events. This includes the Baby Buffer prevention curriculum that will be utilized in the project. She has also broadcast a regional pediatric health radio show for over 15 years and brings this family and public education approach to the project.
Sedan City Hospital and Tallgrass Clinic is one of the networks most active telemedicine clinics. Sedan City Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital that operates in Southeast Kansas. The hospital is managed by Jane Phillips Memorial Medical Center, which is an entity of the St. John Health System. Dr. McDermott continuously champions telemedicine for his patients, frequently speaking with state leaders and legislators about how telemedicine is at times even better than onsite care for his patients, the majority of whom live in poverty.