Updated December 2014
- Montgomery County is served by KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Center (AHEC), 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
- 8 students from Montgomery County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- 6 Montgomery 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.
- 7 high school students in Montgomery County participated in activities during the 2013-14 school year that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by the KU Area Health Education Center.
- Coffeyville High School in Montgomery County is one of 17 schools statewide that used Mini Medical School during the 2013-14 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 Area Health Education Center and features physicians and experts from KU Medical Center and Kansas State University.
- Montgomery 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
- 44 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Montgomery County.
- 4 health care providers have been placed in Montgomery 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.
- 1 Montgomery 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.
- 2 Montgomery County health care employers exhibited with 2014 Kansas Career Opportunities, which is designed to introduce medical students, residents and other health care professionals to rural communities looking to hire.
- 3 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences by Montgomery County health care professionals in FY14.
- 48 professional education and administrative visits in Montgomery County occurred in FY14 via telemedicine, an interactive video technology that eliminates distance as a barrier to health care, continuing education and interprofessional collaboration. The technology is operated by the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
Researching to Improve Health
- Montgomery 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.
- Montgomery County is part of The Kansas Sepsis Project. Led by KU Medical Center Professor Steven Simpson, MD, this research 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.
Advancing Health Care Access
- Montgomery County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 56 times via telemedicine in FY14. 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.
- Montgomery County residents made 1 visit to KU Medical Center health care providers in outreach clinics held outside of Kansas City in FY14.
- Students at Kansas colleges, including Independence Community College, can now access free mental health and substance abuse counseling via video conferencing - or telemedicine - with mental health professionals. The services are provided through the KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
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Jan 02, 2015