Johnson County

 Updated January 2013

Johnson 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

  • 845 students from Johnson County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 1 health professions student received hands-on training in Johnson 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.
  • 312 K-12 students in Johnson 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.
  • 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

  • 6,333 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Johnson County.
  • 1 health care provider has been placed in Johnson 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.
  • 2,054 health care professionals from Johnson County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in 2012.
  • 183 professional education and administrative visits in Johnson 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

  • 176 Johnson 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.
  • 135 Kansans received free medical attention and education in 2012 through preventive screenings and events hosted in Johnson County with support from KU Medical Center.
  • Kansas Bioscience Authority is a member of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, a network of hospitals, physicians groups, and cancer support and patient advocacy organizations bringing cancer research, care, and professional support together to advance the quality and reach of cancer care, prevention, early detection, and survivorship in the Heartland.

Serving Communities

  • KU Medical Center faculty and staff provided an educational workshop on breast health and cancer information to 35 people at CommuCare's Educational Session in Olathe.
  • Church pastors and congregants in select churches in Wyandotte County are working with KU Medical Center researchers to determine the effectiveness of a social marketing model in communicating colorectal cancer prevention messages. The study, titled "Communicating Colorectal Cancer Prevention (CRC) Through Urban African American Churches," is being led by Crystal Lumpkins, PhD. Read more about her work.
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Last modified: Apr 15, 2014