Diagnosing pediatric developmental needs
KU Medical Center’s Center for Child Health & Development provides pediatric developmental diagnostic clinics, feeding clinics, and some behavioral therapy clinics for children with developmental issues, including autism, throughout the state, helping families get timely care without waiting as long for an appointment or having to travel long distances to see a specialist. Pediatric developmental diagnostic clinics across the state, such as those in Pittsburg, Hays, and Dodge City, provide crucial diagnosis and treatment for children who may otherwise go without. Teams often include a child psychologist, a developmental physician, a social worker, a speech therapist, and an occupational therapist.
Preparing future pharmacists
At the KU School of Pharmacy, professionals from all areas of the pharmacy profession serve as preceptors, or mentors, to students in the Pharm.D. program. More than 400 KU students each year are placed in rotation sites across the state, working in community pharmacies, hospitals, managed care facilities, and long-term care facilities totaling over 1,600 rotations per year. While assisting these organizations in their work, students also get the opportunity to apply direct knowledge they have learned in the classroom to real-world situations as they prepare to enter the workforce.
Assisting independent living
KU’s Assistive Technology for Kansans program through KU’s Life Span Institute in Parsons operates five sites across the state. The program’s staff meets with people with disabilities or health conditions to help them acquire devices and services so they may become as independent as possible. Through the program, Kansans can take advantage of a donation, reassignment, and refurbishment program for high-cost, lightly used durable medical equipment. Local vendors return the equipment to a nearly new status, and the program matches the equipment with people who need it.
Keeping Kansas healthy
Kansans who live many miles from KU Medical Center in Kansas City can still get access to health care through the KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth. For more than 25 years, the center has connected with Kansans remotely through interactive video technology. With more than 100 sites across the state, the center has conducted thousands of clinical consultations for Kansans and hosted hundreds of educational events for health professionals, teachers, students, and the public across the network.
Filling holes in the health care network
Since 2004, the Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center has helped more than 200 health care providers find their home in 60 different counties in Kansas. The KU Medical Center program matches health care professionals with rural Kansas health care organizations. The center assists Kansas communities in recruiting and retaining physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists, and allied health professionals.