KU Medical Center works for Kansas

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  • KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), with offices in Fairway, Hays and Pittsburg, provide consultation clinics, support for rural research, activities to promote health careers, continuing education programming for health care professionals and clinical placements of health professions students across Kansas.

Enhancing Student Education

  • 2,241 students from 90 Kansas counties are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 274 Kansas 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.
  • More than 4,600 K-12 Kansas students participated in activities during Fiscal Year 2015 that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by the KU AHECs and Office for Cultural Enhancement and Diversity.
    • 19 Kansas high schools had 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.
  • 10 Kansas campuses are part of with Kansas Institutional Development Award Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE), a multidisciplinary program to enhance Kansas' research capacity through faculty development, retention and infrastructure, as well as inspire undergraduate researchers to pursue careers in biomedical research. KU Medical Center serves as the lead institution, and Douglas Wright, Ph.D., serves as the program director.
  • 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 Kansas City Kansas 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.
  • The Community Health Project provides interprofessional, service-learning internships to enhance the educational experience of KU students in the health professions. The students are immersed in public health and social service settings across Kansas. The project is facilitated by Cheryl Gibson, Ph.D., Wendy Hildenbrand, MPH, OTR/L, and Stewart Babbott, M.D., with support from the Kansas Health Foundation since 1992.

Strengthening the Health Care Workforce

  • 13,593 KU Medical Center alumni live and/or practice in Kansas.
  • 183 health care providers have been placed in rural and underserved Kansas communities 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 Kansas.
  • 212 Kansas 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.
  • 87 shifts were covered by temporary physicians, which allowed Kansas physicians necessary time off in Fiscal Year 2015. These coverages were made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource programs.
  • 50 Kansas health care employers exhibited with the 2015 Kansas Career Opportunities, which is designed to introduce medical students, residents and other health care professionals to rural communities looking to hire.
  • 34,844 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences by Kansas health care professionals in FY15.
  • 3,451 professional education and administrative visits in Kansas occurred in FY15 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

  • The University of Kansas Medical Center is the headquarters for Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, a network of scientists from across the Kansas City metropolitan area and the state of Kansas working on translational research-research that transforms laboratory discoveries into treatments and cures.
  • The Kansas Community Cancer Health Disparities Network focuses on reducing cancer disparities in two distinct rural populations: American Indians in northeast Kansas and Latinos in southwest Kansas. The goal is to work with the communities to improve treatment and increase awareness about cancer prevention, screening and risk-reduction. Allen Greiner, M.D., MPH, is primary investigator on the U54 grant.
  • 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 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.
  • Multiple hospitals and clinics are taking part in Pioneer Baby, a quality improvement initiative is designed to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes among reproductive-aged women in one of the state's most underserved areas.  Directed by Benjamin Anderson, CEO of Kearny County Hospital, and Lisette Jacobson, Ph.D., assistant professor of preventive medicine and public health at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita. The first phase of Pioneer Baby was to complete a needs assessment of the obstetrical population of western Kansas. The second and third phases, currently in progress, include opening an on-site outreach clinic and facilitating focus groups. Phase four began in October 2015 with a grant application for a health promotion program based on the findings of the first three phases.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • Kansas residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 4,648 times via telemedicine, an interactive video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two, in FY15. These services are provided through the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
  • As of August 2015, 21 Kansas and Missouri institutions were members of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, a network of hospitals, physicians groups, and cancer support and patient advocacy organizations bringing cancer research, care, and professional support together to advance the quality and reach of cancer care, prevention, early detection, and survivorship in the Heartland.
  • The Midwest Cancer Alliance assessed 1,707 Kansans for their risk of skin and prostate cancer at events throughout the state in FY15.

 Numbers updated December 2015

Last modified: Feb 26, 2016