Labette County

Updated August 2014

Enhancing Student Education

  • 8 students from Labette County are studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 4 Labette 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.
  • 30 high school students in Labette County participated in activities during Fiscal Year 2014 that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by University of Kansas Area Health Education Centers.
  • Altamont High School in Labette County is one of 17 schools statewide that used Mini Medical School in Fiscal Year 2014, a resource kit for upper level high school teachers in the biological sciences. The kit is designed to supplement and enhance their curriculum while simultaneously introducing students to various aspects of the health field through fun and exciting projects. Mini Medical School was created by the KU Area Health Education Centers and features physicians and experts from KU Medical Center and Kansas State University.
  • Labette 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

  • 31 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Labette County.
  • 10 health care providers have been placed in Labette 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.
  • 4 Labette 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.
  • 1 Labette County health care employer exhibited with 2013 Kansas Career Opportunities, which is designed to introduce medical students, residents and other health care professionals to rural communities looking to hire.
  • 87 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences by Harvey County health care professionals in Fiscal Year 2014.
  • Labette County is part of The Kansas Sepsis Project. Led by KU Medical Center Professor Steven Simpson, MD, the project seeks to reduce the death rates of patients with severe sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. The program teaches health professionals in all specialties to recognize severe sepsis and to take rapid, organized steps to treat severe sepsis.

Researching to Improve Health

  • Hospitalization has been identified as a teachable moment in which patients may be more likely to quit smoking. Labette Health and Oswego Community Hospital are two of 35 Kansas hospitals participating in Kan Quit II, a study that provides smoking cessation counseling, treatment and case management services to inpatients. The study then evaluates the effectiveness of the smoking cessation services. The project is led by Edward Ellerbeck, MD, MPH and is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.
  • Labette 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

  • Labette 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: Aug 22, 2014
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