Kansas State University and The University of Kansas Health System have partnered to enhance healthcare services in the rural areas of Kansas in the US.  

This collaboration is part of the K-State 105 initiative, which is Kansas State University’s effort to call for a solution for economic growth and enhancement in the state.  

It aims to harness the university’s existing K-State Research and Extension network to deliver the required solutions.  

The alliance combines K-State’s land-grant mission and statewide reach, through its Research and Extension network, with the academic health system’s expertise.  

Both organisations will initially focus on tackling pressing healthcare issues in rural Kansas areas. These key areas include focusing on keeping care local, providing caregiver support for patients suffering from dementia, and expanding digital and telehealth access. 

In addition, the organisations will work on addressing the behavioural health needs of rural communities and overcoming shortages of OB-GYN or high-risk pregnancy care providers.  

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Initial projects under this partnership are currently being identified by the partners, which comprise local communities and K-State Research and Extension offices. 

These initiatives will complement the ongoing efforts of healthcare professionals across the state and are expected to be informed by the needs of local communities and K-State Research and Extension offices. 

K-State Research and Extension, with a presence in all 105 Kansas counties, is instrumental in connecting with and understanding community needs.  

The project will build upon the Care Collaborative’s decade-long work, which has successfully improved outcomes for heart attack, stroke, and sepsis care in rural areas, now extending to 73 counties. 

K-State has also demonstrated a commitment to health and well-being by adopting the Okanagan Charter, making it the first Kansas university to integrate health into its culture and promote collaborative health initiatives. 

K-State senior vice-president and staff chief Marshall Stewart said: “As a next-generation land-grant university, Kansas State University has identified community health and well-being as a focus area for engagement and transforming lives in Kansas. 

“We are thrilled to collaborate with our colleagues at The University of Kansas Health System and build a K-State 105 partnership that improves health care access for Kansans across the state.”