Population Health and Global Health
KU Otolaryngology promotes public health by analyzing health care-related behaviors and issues for particular populations, including within the Greater Kansas City Metro area. We are proud to participate in medical service trips that collaborate with local organizations to provide health care in countries with limited healthcare capacity.
We promote public health by analyzing health care-related behaviors and issues for particular populations, including within the Greater Kansas City Metro area. KU otolaryngology is interested to being part of the population health solution by improving access to health care and dental care through the pursuit of preventative care in our local surroundings.
Our faculty and students are continually on the lookout for innovative ways to navigate the many challenges individuals encounter in the health care system, helping to provide solutions that can assist in the management of insurance and financial challenges today and in the future.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the need for surgical care throughout the world by passing the World Health Assembly resolution 68.15 in 2015. This resolution calls for a strengthening of surgical and anesthesia services as part of the effort to establish universal health coverage globally.
Since the 1990s, our faculty and residents have served marginalized populations in Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Philippines, Uganda, Guatemala, and India.
Dr. Kevin Sykes performs research on the development of effective models of global humanitarian healthcare delivery. These models include medical service trips, and his work aims to evaluate these efforts including their impact on local healthcare systems and the overall contribution to the health of the communities they serve.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Department unveiled the Global Health/Community Outreach (GH/CO) Track, the first in a series of innovations in resident education. Eligible residents may elect to participate in the GH/CO Track during their PGY-3 - PGY-5 year. Residents pursuing this track option collaborate with faculty to design and complete a research project that evaluates health care delivery in a marginalized population.
Global Health and Innovation Conference
Virtual presentation by Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH
Leveraging Longitudinal Data Collection to Support Sustainable Medical Service Trips.
Smith J, Nallani R, Rudolph G, Smith J, Anthony P, Coppa S, Tambala H, Gutierrez C, Villwock M, Sykes K.