Bourbon County

Last updated July 2014

Enhancing Student Education

  • 5 students from Bourbon County are 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.
  • 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.
  • 3 health care professionals from Bourbon County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences 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.

Serving Communities

  • Bourbon County is served by the East office of KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) 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: Sep 30, 2014
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