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Community Relations

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The office of Community Relations is the University of Kansas Medical Center's front door for community partnerships. Our team works closely with people, Kansas City metropolitan businesses, neighbors, and civic organizations who want to work with the KU Medical Center. We routinely help our external partners navigate our system, and connect our faculty, staff, and students to the wider community through meaningful partnerships to address community needs, enrich student learning, and facilitate research.

If you have questions, ideas for working together, or want to talk about connecting with KU Medical Center resources, please contact us. We look forward to talking with you and hearing from you. Our goal is to make lasting connections, develop partnerships, and exceed your expectations as a community partner.

Hands placed on top of one another in symbol of supportCommunity Relations is an initiative in the Institute for Community Engagement. Our Community Relations team deals directly with our public, business, and neighborhood partners, while our Institute for Community Engagement team emphasizes relationships and programs with health care providers across Kansas.

The University of Kansas Medical Center uses the Carnegie Foundations' definition for community engagement and recently worked with KU-Lawrence to submit our 2020 reapplication for accreditation. Carnegie defines Community Engagement as the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Read Full Carnegie Definition for Community Engagement


Are you or your organization interested in establishing a partnership with KU Medical Center? Please complete a Partnership Request form and our staff will be in touch with you.

Partnership Request

Kim HuyettFor more information contact:

Kim Huyett
Senior Director
Community Relations & Strategic Partnerships

Survey Results 2020 Community Partnership Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. Your responses helped enrich our understanding of the vast array of community partnership programs across the metro and the State of Kansas.

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Last modified: Jul 10, 2020