Wyandotte County

Updated December 2015

  • Wyandotte County is served by KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), which serve 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, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., Wendy Hildenbrand, MPH, and Stewart Babbott, M.D., with financial support from the Kansas Health Foundation since 1992.
  • 1,587 K-12 students in Wyandotte County participated in activities during the 2014-2015 school year that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by the KU AHECs 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.
  • 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 Jon Sides, M.D., a resident of Burlington, 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

  • 586 KU Medical Center alumni 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.
  • 19,072 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education/professional development courses and conferences by Wyandotte County health care professionals in Fiscal Year 2015. Continuing education programming is offered by KU Medical Center's Continuing Education and Professional Development and KU AHECs.
  • 572 professional education and administrative visits in Wyandotte County occurred in FY15 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, Ph.D., is also evaluating whether the therapy enhances parent competence.
  • The Argentine Healthy Food Initiative, directed by Kim Kimminau, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D..
  • Community organizations are important partners for student service learning. KU Medical Center researchers 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, 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.
  • 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, Ph.D. Read more about her work.
  • KU Medical Center researchers received a $1.5 million grant in 2014 from the National Cancer Institute to examine 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.
  • Researchers at KU Medical Center, the American Indian Council Inc., the Kansas City Indian Center and Johnson County Community College have developed "All Nations Breath of Life,"a culturally tailored program designed to help American Indians stop smoking while respecting their traditions involving tobacco.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • Wyandotte County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 505 times via telemedicine in FY15. An interactive video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two, telemedicine services are provided through the KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
  • 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.
  • The University of Kansas Cancer Center is one of only 68 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the country.
  • The KU Alzheimer's Disease Center is one of only 29 National Institutes of Health-designated Alzheimer's Disease Centers.
  • 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.
  • 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, Ph.D.
  • 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.
  • 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, Ph.D.
  • Thousands of children and their families have received comprehensive child development and family support services through Project Eagle.
  • 60 Wyandotte County residents participated in outreach activities conducted by the Center for American Indian Health at KU Medical Center in FY15. The CAICH develops and implements a variety of culturally-tailored programs to close health disparities in rates of cancer, diabetes, cigarette smoking and other important health issues.

Community Connections

  • 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.

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Last modified: Mar 18, 2016