Douglas County

Updated December 2015

  • Douglas County is served by the East office of KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Pittsburg, which serve the state through student education initiatives, professional education for health care providers, health screenings, clinics and public presentations on health topics.

Enhancing Student Education

  • 139 students from Douglas County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 10 Douglas County physicians serve as volunteer KU Medical Center faculty, providing medical students with hands-on training in rural and underserved communities as part of the Rural Preceptorship Program.
  • The University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University in Douglas County are two of 10 campuses involved with Kansas Institutional Development Award Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE), a multidisciplinary program to enhance Kansas' research capacity through faculty development, retention and infrastructure, as well as inspire undergraduate researchers to pursue careers in biomedical research. KU Medical Center serves as the lead institution, and Douglas Wright, Ph.D., serves as the program director.
  • 41 K-12 students in Douglas County participated in activities during the 2014-15 school year that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by the KU AHECs.
  • Eudora and Lawrence high schools in Douglas County are two of 19 schools statewide that used Mini Medical School during the 2014-15 school year, a resource kit for upper level high school teachers in the biological sciences. The kit is designed to supplement and enhance their curriculum while simultaneously introducing students to various aspects of the health field through fun and exciting projects. Mini Medical School was created by the KU AHECs and features physicians and experts from KU Medical Center and Kansas State University.
  • Douglas 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

  • 891 KU Medical Center alumni live and/or practice in Douglas County.
  • 2 health care providers have been placed in Douglas County since 2004 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.
  • 1 Douglas County physician 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.
  • 782 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education/professional development courses and conferences by Douglas County health care professionals in Fiscal Year 2015. Continuing education programming is offered by KU Medical Center's Continuing Education and Professional Development and KU AHECs.
  • 8 professional education and administrative visits in Douglas County occurred in FY15 via telemedicine, an interactive video technology that eliminates distance as a barrier to health care, continuing education and interprofessional collaboration. The technology is operated by the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
  • Douglas County is part of The Kansas Sepsis Project. Led by KU Medical Center Professor Steven Simpson, M.D., this project seeks to reduce the death rates of patients with severe sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. The program teaches health professionals in all specialties to recognize severe sepsis and to take rapid, organized steps to treat severe sepsis.

Researching to Improve Health

  • KU researchers in the Center for American Indian Community Health enjoy a strong relationship with the tribes in Kansas as well as Haskell Indian Nations University, whose students represent more than 250 tribes throughout the country. Collaborations with Haskell led to All Nations Breath of Life, a culturally tailored program designed to help American Indians stop smoking while respecting their traditions involving tobacco.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • Douglas County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 50 times via telemedicine in FY15. An interactive video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two, telemedicine services are provided through the KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.

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Last modified: Jan 22, 2016
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