Updated December 2015
- Labette 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
- 5 students from Labette County are currently 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.
- 91 high school students in Labette County participated in activities during the 2014-15 school year that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by the KU AHECs.
- Labette County High School in Altamont is one of 19 schools statewide that used Mini Medical School during the 2014-15 school year, 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 AHECs and features physicians and experts from KU Medical Center and Kansas State University.
- 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 Labette 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.
- Labette County is part of the Eastern Medical Education Network with Robert Haskins, M.D., 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
- 41 KU Medical Center alumni live and/or practice in Labette County.
- 13 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 2015 Kansas Career Opportunities, which is designed to introduce medical students, residents and other health care professionals to rural communities looking to hire.
- 150 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education/professional development courses and conferences by Labette 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.
- Labette County is part of The Kansas Sepsis Project. Led by KU Medical Center Professor Steven Simpson, M.D., this 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, M.D., MPH and is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.
- Obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer recurrence, and rural women are considered to be at a higher risk for obesity and to have less access to health care. Female patients from 60 counties, including Labette County, are taking part in a weight-loss maintenance intervention program for breast cancer survivors in rural Kansas. The program connects survivors for long-term weight management using phone-based peer group support. The study then evaluates the effectiveness of the program over time. This research is led by Christie Befort, Ph.D. and is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.
Advancing Health Care Access
- Labette County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 37 times via telemedicine in FY15. An interactive video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two, telemedicine services are provided through the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
- The Midwest Cancer Alliance and Kansas Masonic Foundation teamed up to offer 22 free cancer screenings across the state in 2015, including in Labette 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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Jan 22, 2016