Updated February 2013
Woodson 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
- 1 student from Woodson County is currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- Woodson 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
- 6 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Woodson County.
- 1 Woodson 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 Woodson County physician necessary time off in 2012. This coverage was made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource programs.
- 11 health care professionals from Woodson County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in 2012.
Researching to Improve Health
- Woodson 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.
May 22, 2013