Last updated December 2015
- Coffey 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
- 11 students from Coffey County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- 4 Coffey 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.
- Medical students spent six weeks working with primary care physicians and conducting a community-based research project in 27 counties, including Coffey County, as part of KU Medical Center's summer 2015 Rural Primary Care Practice and Research Program, one of several programs designed to encourage students to consider practicing medicine in a rural Kansas community.
- Coffey 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
- 20 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Coffey County.
- 3 Coffey 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.
- 66 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education/professional development courses and conferences by Coffey 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.
Advancing Health Care Access
- The Midwest Cancer Alliance and Kansas Masonic Foundation teamed up to offer 22 free cancer screenings across the state in 2015, including in Coffey County. KU physicians assessed nearly 2,000 Kansans for their risk of skin and prostate cancer, and more than 350 were referred to their local physicians in an effort to prevent a potential health issue spotted during the screening.
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Mar 18, 2016