Washington County

Updated September 2014

Enhancing Student Education

  • 5 students from Washington County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 2 Washington County physicians serve 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.
  • Washington 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

  • 14 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Washington County.
  • 8 shifts were covered by temporary physicians, which allowed Washington County physicians necessary time off in Fiscal Year 2014. These coverages were made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource programs.

Researching to Improve Health

  • Obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer recurrence, and rural women are considered to be at a higher risk for obesity and to have less access to health care. Female patients from 60 counties, including Washington County, are taking part in a weight-loss maintenance intervention program for breast cancer survivors in rural Kansas. The program connects survivors for long-term weight management using phone-based peer group support. The study then evaluates the effectiveness of the program over time. This research is led by Christie Befort, PhD and is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • 6 Washington 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 FY14. These services are provided through the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
  • Washington County residents made 6 visits to KU Medical Center health care providers in outreach clinics held outside of Kansas City in FY14.

Serving Communities

  • Washington 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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