Updated December 2014
- Rice 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
- 8 students from Rice County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- 2 Rice 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.
- Rice County is part of the Southcentral Medical Education Network with Greg Thomas, MD, and Marla Ullom-Minnich, MD, a resident of McPherson and Moundridge, respectively, 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 Rice County.
- 2 health care providers have been placed in Rice 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.
- 1 Rice County physician 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 Rice 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.
- 1 health care professional from Rice County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in Fiscal Year 2014.
Researching to Improve Health
- KU Medical Center researchers are working with long-term care facility residents in Sterling to encourage better communication about care plans and improve the resident's quality of life. The project uses quarterly televideo meetings to discuss care plans with the resident, their family and staff members.
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 Rice 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
- Rice County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 28 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.
- Rice County residents made 3 visits to KU Medical Center health care providers in outreach clinics held outside of Kansas City in FY14.
- The University of Kansas Medical Center provides patient and family education on a variety of health and wellness topics to residents of Rice County. The project is in collaboration with Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing and funded in part by a federal grant from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth.
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Jun 24, 2015