Updated December 2015
- Johnson County is served KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), 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
- 834 students from Johnson County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- 1 Johnson County physician serves 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.
- 57 K-12 students in Johnson 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.
- Three high schools in Johnson County 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, currently used in 19 schools across the state, 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.
- Nurses across Kansas can now advance their careers from home, thanks to an innovative agreement between the KU School of Nursing and 18 regional community colleges, including Johnson County Community College. The agreement provides nurses who have an associate's degree in nursing from a participating college an easier transition to earning their bachelor of science in nursing through KU's online RN-to-BSN program.
- Johnson 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
- 6,852 KU Medical Center alumni live and/or practice in Johnson County.
- 2 health care providers have been placed in Johnson 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.
- 6 Johnson 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.
- 3,173 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education/professional development courses and conferences by Johnson 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.
- 252 professional education and administrative visits in Johnson County occurred in FY15 via telemedicine, an interactive video technology that eliminated 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.
- Johnson 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
- The University of Kansas Clinical Research Center (CRC) is located in the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle. This visionary community and academic partnership offers early-phase cancer trials and other clinical research studies that lead the way to a better future: more about the CRC.
- Researchers at KU Medical Center, the American Indian Council Inc., the Kansas City Indian Center and Johnson County Community College have developed "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
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Jan 22, 2016