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.