Cherokee County

Last updated January 2013

Cherokee 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.

Enhancing Student Education

  • 7 students from Cherokee County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 74 K-12 students in Cherokee County participated in activities during 2012 that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by the Area Health Education Centers and Office for Cultural Enhancement and Diversity.
  • Cherokee 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

  • 16 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Cherokee County.
  • 1 health care provider has been placed in Cherokee County since 2003 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 Cherokee 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 shift was covered by a temporary physician, which allowed a Cherokee County physician necessary time off in 2012. This coverage was made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource programs.
  • 34 health care professionals from Cherokee County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in 2012.

Researching to Improve Health

  • Cherokee 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.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • 5 Cherokee County residents made visits to KU Medical Center health care providers in outreach clinics held outside of Kansas City in 2012
  • 4 Cherokee County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers via telemedicine, an interactive video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two, in 2012. These services are provided through the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.

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Last modified: May 22, 2013
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