Friday, August 4, 2017

School Telehealth Hero Nurse Honored

Nurses are always heroes, but school nurse Windy Garrett of the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, USD500, is exceptional. The KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth (KUCTT) was pleased to honor nurse Windy as a Telehealth Hero as part of its year-long 25th anniversary celebration, with thanks to Argentine Middle School principal Jeremy Brueggemann.  Nurse Windy has helped hundreds of children and families connect to care by telemedicine for almost two decades, both in elementary school and now leading efforts with middle schoolers, as well as mentoring trainees going on to school nursing careers.

University of Kansas Medical Center announces opening of Health Education Building

The University of Kansas Medical Center opened a 170,000 square-foot facility on July 20, 2017 that will transform education for the KU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions. The $82-million Health Education Building will serve as the primary teaching facility for all three schools, and it will feature state-of-the-art simulation technology and flexible learning spaces with interprofessional education in mind.

KU School of Nursing earns Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation from the National League of Nursing

The University of Kansas School of Nursing announced July 28 that it has earned the National League of Nursing (NLN) designation as a Center of Excellence for 2017-2022. With the opening of the KU School of Nursing in Salina, high quality nursing education will be available in rural Kansas.

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center joins Midwest Cancer Alliance

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has joined the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), a membership-based organization that brings together cancer research, care and support professionals to advance the quality and reach of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship in the heartland.

KU Area Health Education Centers sponsors special edition webinar

The KU Area Health Education Center will be offering “Ethics in the Digital Age: A Guide for Behavioral and Other Health Professionals.” The two-part special edition webinar, designed for social workers, nurses, behavioral health professionals and other interested heath care professionals, will be held on August 10 and 11, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Registration open for Kansas’ largest health care career fair, Kansas Career Opportunities

Don’t miss your opportunity to visit one-on-one with health care employers from all across Kansas. Rural and urban jobs are available.

Back to School with Project ECHO and Telemedicine

Schools and families are preparing for their student’s return to the classroom in a few weeks. Unfortunately, transitions aren’t always easy for our youth. Some students will experience anxiety, others will try to navigate being away from home but taking their chronic health condition with them. While everyone agrees that sports and physical exercise are part of a healthy lifestyle, too much of a good thing can harm students as does the obesity issues faced by students.

Heartland Health Equity Conference set for October

The Seventh Annual Heartland Conference on Health Equity and Patient-Centered Care is slated for Oct. 17-18 on the University of Kansas-Edwards campus in Overland Park.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Translational research is LEAP!ing its way into rural Kansas communities

LEAP! (Lifestyle Enrichment for Alzheimer’s Prevention) is an innovative program developed by the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center (KU ADC) that translates current research into practical strategies that promote brain health and chronic disease risk reduction. This interactive education program enriches the lifestyles of older adults by providing health education, behavior modification techniques and evidence-based tools to improve health and reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Kansas State Loan Repayment Program application cycle open now

The Kansas Office of Primary Care and Rural Health is excited to announce that the application period for the Kansas State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is now open until July 31, 2017!

Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Core Training for Kansas health care providers

Trainees in Wyandotte County
The Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Core Training is an intensive 3 ½ day, evidence-based training program designed for persons who deliver moderate to intensive tobacco treatment services within a health care or community setting. Sign up today for the last spots left!

Database management for rural medical education

The University of Kansas Office of Rural Education is inching closer to completing a database system for preceptors and students. This new system will aid students in finding the perfect preceptor.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Douglas A. Girod, M.D., appointed Chancellor of KU; Robert D. Simari, M.D., named Executive Vice Chancellor

The Kansas Board of Regents announced the appointment of Douglas A. Girod, M.D., executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center, as the 18th Chancellor of the University of Kansas, effective July 1.

The University of Kansas Medical Center, in consultation with The University of Kansas Health System and The University of Kansas Physicians, announced that Robert D. Simari, M.D., the Franklin E. Murphy Professor in Cardiology, will serve as interim executive vice chancellor for the University of Kansas Medical Center. Simari will assume the interim EVC role July 1 and will continue as executive dean for the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Project ECHO exhibited around Kansas this summer

The KU Center for Telemedicine will exhibit Project ECHO at several conferences this summer across Kansas. The conferences will cover family practices, nursing and poverty.

Allen Greiner, Jr., M.D., awarded for improving the health of Kansas and beyond

The 2017 Faculty Award for Scholarship in Community Engagement was presented to Allen Greiner, Jr., M.D., professor within the KU School of Medicine family medicine research division. This award recognizes KU Medical Center faculty for excellence in developing, implementing and sustaining regional engaged scholarship initiatives.

KU School of Nursing to open Salina campus

In an effort to attract and  educate professional nurses in rural parts of Kansas, the University of Kansas School of Nursing is partnering with Salina Regional Health Center to open a new campus location in Salina.

Dinner program highlights Digestive Disease Week 2017

Since many practicing physicians cannot attend the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) meeting in Chicago, the highlights dinner, planned for June 22, 2017, provides an update on relevant issues presented in gastrointestinal diseases.

Connecting health care providers with jobs in Kansas

The Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center (KRRC), a program facilitated by the University of Kansas Medical Center's Rural Health Education and Services department, is a healthcare career service for physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, dental hygienists and allied health professionals. The KRRC assists these providers in finding job opportunities and educates and supports them through the entire process.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thank you, nurses

As National Nurses Week, May 6-May 12, comes to a close, the Institute for Community Engagement extends our appreciation to nurses advancing health and healthcare across Kansas communities.

Kansas Telehealth Hero Awards

Joy Williams, Melanie Leepers, Carol Bush,
and Vicky McGrath
For 25 years, KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth (KUCTT) has collaborated with communities to connect Kansas patients with specialty providers via telemedicine. KUCTT began its silver jubilee by presenting Telehealth Hero Awards to some of the exceptional community professionals across Kansas who champion telemedicine for patients and families.

Meet your next health care provider at Kansas Career Opportunities

Brandie Nelson, Salina Regional Health Center, visiting
with a future provider at KCO Kansas City in 2016
Don’t miss your opportunity to meet resident physicians, health care job seekers and students at the 23rd Kansas Career Opportunities (KCO). This annual health care career fair is held each fall in Wichita and Kansas City and offers an opportunity for resident physicians, health care job seekers and students to network with employers from all across Kansas.

Sun Safety Program Recognized by CDC

Pool Cool, a sun safety program coordinated by Midwest Cancer Alliance and Kansas Cancer Partnership, has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control as a successful cancer control program.

The Breast Center at St. Catherine Hospital to host a breast cancer symposium

The Breast Center at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, in collaboration with KU Medical Center Area Health Education Centers, will host a breast cancer symposium on May 20, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event, in its third year, is for regional health care professionals.

Jayhawk Health Initiative

Jayhawk Health Initiative is a new program at the University of Kansas Medical Center which aims to provide medical students and pre-health students with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge by engaging in service-based experiential learning.

2017 Kansas Immunization Conference

The 2017 Kansas Immunization Conference will be held in Salina June 6-8. Between 300-350 health care professionals from Kansas usually attend the annual event. The theme for the 2017 conference is creating a unified message to increase vaccine acceptance.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Project ECHO is helping KU Medical Center asthma experts build a virtual community throughout the state

An interprofessional team of health care professionals from the University of Kansas Medical Center is creating a virtual community to share the latest in asthma management and treatment with their peers throughout the state and as far away as the West African nation of Ghana thanks to technology provided by Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes).

Medical student group helps future physicians prepare for a career in rural medicine

In January 2007, Michael Kennedy, M.D. and several students at The University of Kansas School of Medicine began exploring the idea of forming a group that would connect students who were interested in rural medicine to each other and to resources that would prepare them for rural practice.
Left to right: Dr. Kennedy, officers Brandon Haefke (Kansas City), Michael Ziegler (Salina) and Samantha Claassen (Wichita)

Upcoming Midwest Cancer Alliance events

Midwest Cancer Alliance is designed to serve community members throughout the state of Kansas, and many events are held in or accessible to rural communities. Upcoming events include free cancer screenings, a smoking cessation program, cooking demonstrations, a cancer survivorship group, and more!

Two KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth staff named to Governor's subcommittee.

KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth staff members, Shawna Wright, Ph.D., assistant director of behavioral health, and Janine Gracy, MSE, project director for Heartland Telehealth Resource Center, were recently named members of The Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council (GBHSPC) Rural & Frontier Subcommittee.

Be a medical student rural preceptor

One of the biggest highlights of a student’s medical training is the time spent on a rural rotation. There are many opportunities throughout Kansas for students at all stages of medical school. To keep preceptorships available to all students, we need a large pool of physicians willing to precept.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provides new program for rural communities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has launched a Connected Care program for rural communities. The program is designed to offer health care providers more strategies for managing chronic diseases through education and support.

The Greater Kansas City ECHO Society to host annual meeting

The Greater Kansas City ECHO Society annual meeting will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2017, at the Truman Forum Auditorium in the Plaza Library, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Life as a Doctor in Rural Kansas brings life experiences and tips on practicing in rural areas

Since 2010, Rural Health Education and Services (RHES) has sponsored the Life as a Doctor in Rural Kansas guest speaker presentation. On March 28, internal medicine physician, Richard Whitlow, M.D., will be sharing his experience with medical students and faculty about his life and practice in Lansing, Kansas.


Two telehealth bills introduced in Kansas House

Two pieces of telehealth legislation were introduced to the Kansas House of Representatives in February, House Bill 2206 and House Bill 2254.

Health Occupations Students of America spring conference returns to Pittsburg

For a second consecutive year, the 2017 Kansas Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Spring Conference will be held at Pittsburg State University. This year’s conference will be held March 27-29, 2017.

Michael Kennedy, M.D., quoted in Scientific American

Michael Kennedy, M.D., professor of family medicine and associate dean of rural health in the University of Kansas School of Medicine, was quoted in a Scientific American article on the need for rural maternal health care.

Strategies to adopt the ECHO model into your practice

The American Medical Association (AMA) outlines 7 things physicians can do to integrate Project ECHO into their practices.

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs conference spotlights technology

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) holds its 2017 National Conference in Kansas City,  Missouri from March 3 - March 7, 2017.  AMCHP is a national resource and advocate for state public health leaders and others who work to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs. AMCHP strives to build successful programs by sharing best health care practices and working with community leaders to enhance the health of children and families. The conference will highlight many successful regional programs that achieve these aims.

Dr. Shawna Wright and Carla Deckert from the KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth will present "Building Relationships and Leveraging Technology" on March 7, focused on leveraging both clinical telemedicine and ECHO telementoring to improve access to quality care for rural and other underserved children and their families. Lessons will be shared from the Telehealth ROCKS (Rural Outreach to Children in Kansas) project in Southeast Kansas as well as KU Medical Center ECHO's experience with child behavioral health and pediatric epilepsy.

For more information about the conference,visit the AMCHP website

Student Emily Lenherr shares her experience at the National Rural Health Association Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

As the Salina co-president of the Rural Medicine Interest Group, I was fortunate enough to attend the National Policy Institute hosted by the National Rural Health Association. This was a very rewarding experience, as I got to learn about policy decisions and current issues facing rural health in America.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Nelson appointed to National Quality Forum telehealth committee

Eve-Lynn Nelson, Ph.D., professor of behavioral pediatrics and director of the KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth, has been selected to serve as a member of the National Quality Forum's Telehealth Multistakeholder Committee.

KU Cancer Center Facebook challenge

The University of Kansas Cancer Center recently launched a Facebook campaign with the goal to increase its number of Facebook followers. Leading up to a National Cancer Institute (NCI) site visit in February, the Cancer Center wants to grow its online community by 10,000 followers in order to spread the word about the latest news, including research, patient treatment and clinical trials.

New preceptors volunteer to teach in Smith Center

Three new volunteer faculty physicians from Smith Center, Kansas are joining the University of Kansas School of Medicine preceptors program.

Kansas Career Opportunities Career Fairs connect Kansas health care organizations with future providers

The University of Kansas Medical Center Rural Health Education and Services held the 22nd annual Kansas Career Opportunities (KCO) career fairs in Wichita and Kansas City last fall.

Going Forward: Cancer Survivorship Connections

Going Forward: Cancer Survivorship Connections is a free, 6-session support program for cancer survivors.

Expert strategies in endoscopy, gastrointestinal and liver disorders

The University of Kansas School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic College of Medicine are hosting “Expert Strategies in Endoscopy, Gastroenterology and Liver Disorders” on March 11, 2017, at the InterContinental Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Project ECHO launches two new series

The University of Kansas Medical Center's Project ECHO welcomes two new exciting series, ECHO Pain Management and Asthma ECHO.