Updated January 2013
Douglas 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
- 143 students from Douglas County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- 2 health professions students received hands-on training in Douglas County in 2012 through placement programs in rural and underserved communities, including Rural Preceptorship Program for KU medical students and fieldwork experiences for other professions.
- 443 K-12 students in Douglas 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.
- 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
- 839 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Douglas County.
- 1 health care provider has been placed in Douglas 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.
- 217 health care professionals from Douglas County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in 2012.
- 5 professional education and administrative visits in Douglas County occurred in 2012 via telemedicine, an interactive video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two. The technology is operated by the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
Advancing Health Care Access
- 2 Douglas County residents made visits to KU Medical Center health care providers in outreach clinics held outside of Kansas City in 2012.
- 162 Douglas 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.
- 77 Kansans received free medical attention and education in 2012 through preventive screenings and events hosted in Douglas County with support from KU Medical Center.
May 23, 2013