Last updated December 2014
- Bourbon 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
- 4 students from Bourbon County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- 1 Bourbon 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.
- 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 Fort Scott 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.
- Bourbon 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
- 32 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Bourbon County.
- 1 health care provider has been placed in Bourbon 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.
- 5 Bourbon 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.
- 5 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences by Barton County health care professionals in Fiscal Year 2014.
Researching to Improve Health
- Students at Fort Scott Community College received alcohol and substance abuse counseling through telemedicine, a technology that connects students and providers when distance separates them. These services were provided by KU Medical Center and Central Kansas Foundation with funding by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
- Bourbon County is one of nine Kansas counties participating in a research study investigating the prevalence of developmental disabilities in rural children with epilepsy. The study is led by Suzanne Hawley, PhD, MPH.
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Jun 25, 2015