Updated December 2014
- Wyandotte County is served by 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
- 114 students from Wyandotte County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- 2 Wyandotte 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.
- KU Medical Center is the lead institution in the 10-campus Kansas Institutional Development Award Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE), a multidisciplinary program to enhance Kansas' research capacity through faculty development, retention and infrastructure, as well as inspire undergraduate researchers to pursue careers in biomedical research. Douglas Wright, PhD, serves as the program director.
- The Community Health Project provides interprofessional, service-learning internships to enhance the educational experience of KU students in the health professions. The students are immersed in public health and social service settings in the Kansas City metropolitan area and across Kansas. The project is facilitated by Cheryl Gibson, PhD, Wendy Hildenbrand, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Stewart Babbott, MD, with financial support from the Kansas Health Foundation since 1992.
- 1,636 K-12 students in Wyandotte County participated in activities during the 2013-2014 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.
- KU Medical Center hosts dozens of programs for high school students and their teachers in the state and metropolitan area to explore health careers, including Doctor for A Day, Health Careers Pathways Program, Science Education Partnership Award programs, Women in Healthcare: The Next Generation and Health Careers Teacher Summer Externship, in addition to tours.
- Washington High School in Wyandotte County is one of 17 schools statewide that used Mini Medical School during the 2013-2014 school year, a resource kit for upper level high school teachers in the biological sciences. The kit 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 Kansas City Kansas 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.
- Wyandotte 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
- 596 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Wyandotte County.
- 1 health care provider has been placed in Wyandotte County since 2004 through the Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center, which provides placement assistance to rural and underserved health organizations and seeks to enhance the quality and quantity of health care professionals in rural and underserved areas of Kansas.
- 1 Wyandotte County health care employer exhibited with 2014 Kansas Career Opportunities, which is designed to introduce medical students, residents and other health care professionals to rural communities looking to hire.
- 17,042 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences by Wyandotte County health care professionals in Fiscal Year 2014.
- 1,122 professional education and administrative visits in Wyandotte 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
- KU Medical Center is home to Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, which works with five academic partners, 10 health system partners and 14 community partners, to improve the environment for clinical and translational research across the metropolitan area and throughout the region.
- Wyandotte County is working with KU researchers to investigate the effectiveness of contextually-relevant occupational therapy interventions for improving outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders. Principle Investigator Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is also evaluating whether the therapy enhances parent competence.
- The Argentine Healthy Food Initiative, directed by Kim Kimminau, PhD, engaged neighborhood-level organizations in the Argentine community to collecft household data and citizen input on possible options to improve access to healthy food. This community-based research project resulted in a business plan to achieve community-driven solutions for the low-income, diverse neighborhood. Through their efforts, this once food desert celebrated a grocery store's grand opening in December 2013.
- In partnership with the American Stroke Foundation, KU Medical Center researchers are exploring how participation in community-run programs can enhance reintegration into the community for stroke survivors. The project's principal investigator is Lisa Mische Lawson, CTRS, PhD.
- Community organizations are important partners for student service learning. KU Medical Center researchers Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, SCEM, and Lauren Foster, OTD, OTR/L, in the Occupational Therapy Department are examining the effects of service learning students on the organizations they serve. The researchers will interview organizations in Wyandotte County that provide service learning for occupational therapy students.
- Wyandotte County families are working with KU Medical Center's Jane Cox, MS, OTR, to examine if there is a relationship between the leisure activities children, ages 6-12, choose and their sensory processing preferences. To collect the data, the researchers visit the children and their families in their communities or homes.
- Parents in Wyandotte County worked with KU Medical Center researchers to understand the effectiveness of strengths-based coaching for parents, a technique that encourages parents to reflect on their own parenting actions to determine if that action would be effective in a future situation. The project was led by Lauren Foster, OTD, OTR/L.
- 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.
- KU Medical Center researchers received a $1.5 million grant in 2014 from the National Cancer Institute to exampine ways to lower cervical cancer rates among incarcerated women in Wyandotte County.
- The Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Lab (CReW) is looking at the socio-ecological factors influencing breast health of black women in Wyandotte County.
Advancing Health Care Access
- Wyandotte County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 221 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.
- 302 Kansans received free medical attention and education in 2013 through preventive screenings and events hosted in Wyandotte County with support from KU Medical Center programs.
- The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., 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.
- Blood and marrow transplant patients at The University of Kansas Cancer Center can participate in "Tiles of Hope," a creative outlet for patients to express their feelings about their cancer experience. The project is facilitated by occupational therapy students under the direction of Lisa Mische Lawson, CTRS, PhD.
- JayDoc Free Clinic offers completely free care two nights a week at Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care. JayDoc serves more than 2,500 patients each year and is operated entirely by KU Medical Center students and volunteer professionals.
- The BullDoc Clinic offers completely free care to Wyandotte High School students whose families cannot afford regular doctor visits. KU Medical Center students and volunteer professionals operate the clinic with the help of high school student-volunteers, many of whom are interested in pursuing health care careers. Read the 2012 story on the opening of the BullDoc Clinic.
- Kansas City residents receive high-quality, patient-centered, affordable health care at Kansas' first Patient-Centered Medical Home at Silver City Health Clinic, operated by KU HealthPartners.
- The Landon Center on Aging offers a variety of programs that equip older adults and the people who care for them with the tools to lead healthier lives, including brown bag lectures, chili feeds, and the Forever Young Choir.
- Latina women in Wyandotte County train with KU Medical Center faculty and staff to become Promotoras, or community health workers. Promotoras encourage cancer prevention and healthy lifestyles among their families, friends and neighbors.
- The Juntos Center for Advancing Latino Health, in partnership with the NFL and American Cancer Society, ran a breast health event in October 2014 in Wyandotte County.
- KU Medical Center's Occupational Therapy Department, in partnership with Autism Speaks, has developed the Sensory Supported Swimming program at Fairway Pool to teach water safety to children with autism spectrum disorders. The project is led by Lisa Mische Lawson, CTRS, PhD.
- More than 4,000 children and their families have received comprehensive child development and family support services through Project Eagle.
- Dozens of Wyandotte County agencies benefit from service provided by interns in the Community Outreach Program. The interns, which are students in the Schools of Health Professions, Nursing and Graduate Studies complete 135 or more service hours annually at an agency of their choice. During the 2013-2014 academic year, students volunteered a total of 1,845 hours.
- On their first day of school at KU Medical Center, incoming medical, nursing and health professions students, along with second-year medical students, spend half a day working community service projects. During the 2013-2014 academic year, students volunteered a total of 1,575 hours in Wyandotte County.
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