Last updated January 2013
Brown County is served by the East office of KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Pittsburg, which serves the state through student education initiatives, professional education for health care providers, health screenings, clinics and public presentations on health topics.
Enhancing Student Education
- 3 students from Brown County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- 136 K-12 students in Brown County participated in activities during 2012 that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by the Area Health Education Centers and Office for Cultural Enhancement and Diversity.
- Brown County is part of the Eastern Medical Education Network with Robert Haskins, MD, a resident of Pittsburg, serving as the Medical Education Director. The medical education director helps coordinate the School of Medicine's efforts to mentor, train and place physicians throughout Kansas.
Strengthening the Health Care Workforce
- 32 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Brown County.
- 1 health care provider has been placed in Brown County since 2003 through the Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center, which provides placement assistance to rural health organizations and seeks to enhance the quality and quantity of health care professionals in rural Kansas.
- 4 Brown County physicians received funding through the Kansas Bridging Plan, a loan-forgiveness program offered since 1991 to primary care medical residents who agree to practice in rural Kansas.
- 4 shifts were covered by temporary physicians, which allowed Brown County physicians necessary time off in 2012. These coverages were made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource programs.
- 35 health care professionals from Brown County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in 2012.
Researching to Improve Health
- Hospitalization has been identified as a teachable moment in which patients may be more likely to quit smoking. Hiawatha Community Hospital and Horton Community Hospital are two of 35 Kansas hospitals participating in Kan Quit II, a study that provides smoking cessation counseling, treatment and case management services to inpatients. The study then evaluates the effectiveness of the smoking cessation services. The project is led by Edward Ellerbeck, MD, MPH and is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.
Advancing Health Care Access
- 7 Brown County residents made visits to KU Medical Center health care providers in outreach clinics held outside of Kansas City in 2012.
- 80 Brown County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers via telemedicine, an interactive video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two, in 2012. These services are provided through the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
- 84 Kansans received free medical attention and education in 2012 through preventive screenings and events hosted in Brown County with support from KU Medical Center.
- The University of Kansas Medical Center provides patient and family education on a variety of health and wellness topics to residents of Brown County. The project is in collaboration with Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing and funded in part by a federal grant from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth.
May 23, 2013