Johnson County

 Updated September 2014

Enhancing Student Education

  • 816 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.
  • 10 K-12 students in Johnson County participated in activities during Fiscal Year 2014 that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by the Area Health Education Center and Office for Cultural Enhancement and Diversity.
  • Three high schools in Johnson County used Mini Medical School in FY14, a resource kit for upper level high school teachers in the biological sciences. The kit, currently used in 17 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 Area Health Education Center 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

  • 6,499 KU Medical Center graduates 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.
  • 1,057 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences by Johnson County health care professionals in FY14.
  • 161 professional education and administrative visits in Johnson County occurred in FY14 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.

Researching to Improve Health

  • Johnson County is part of The Kansas Sepsis Project. Led by KU Medical Center Professor Steven Simpson, MD, this research 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.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • 54 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 Fiscal Year 2014. These services are provided through the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
  • Johnson County residents made 2 visits to KU Medical Center health care providers in outreach clinics held outside of Kansas City in FY14.
  • 400 Kansans received free medical attention and education in FY14 through preventive screenings and events hosted in Johnson County with support from KU Medical Center programs.
  • Kansas Bioscience Authority and Olathe Medical Center are members 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.
  • The American Indian Health Research & Education Alliance (AIHREA) hosts an annual Our Nations Energies Health and Wellness Pow Wow the first weekend in May at Johnson County Community College. The event features free health screenings as well as American Indian singing, dancing, arts and crafts, and food. In 2014, 33 Kansans received free health screenings.

Serving Communities

  • Johnson County is served by the East office of KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Center (AHEC) 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.

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Last modified: Oct 13, 2014
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