Johnson County

 Updated December 2014

  • Johnson County is served KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Center (AHEC), 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

  • 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.
  • 10 K-12 students in Johnson County participated in activities during the 2013-14 school year that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by the KU Area Health Education Center and Office for Cultural Enhancement and Diversity.
  • Three high schools in Johnson County used Mini Medical School during the 2013-14 school year, 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 Fiscal Year 2014.
  • 161 professional education and administrative visits in Johnson County occurred in FY14 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, MD, 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 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. Click here to read more.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • Johnson County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 54 times via telemedicine in FY14. An interactive video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two, telemedicine 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.

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Last modified: Jun 25, 2015