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A HRSA-funded Rural Child Poverty - Telehealth Network Grant Program
Project Components


Poverty: Telehealth ROCKS focuses on the poorest region of the state, with 30% of children living in poverty, many at risk for behavioral and developmental difficulties.

Health outcomes: KIDS COUNT (2014) data reflects that Kansas Southeast counties have some of the worst health outcomes (mortality, immunizations, mental health), education indicators (Early Head Start, Head Start), and economic indicators (poverty, free & reduced lunch) in the state.


Established telemedicine infrastructure: The project will pair the extensive history of the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth (KUCTT) with rural primary care practices serving children in poverty in Southeast Kansas.


Partnership with school-based health centers and leaders: Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, South Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative.

Benefits of Telemedicine

  • Improve health care access

  • Reduce unnecessary patient transport

  • Addresses health care provider shortage

  • Reduce provider travel time/cost to outreach sites

  • Reduce patient travel time and cost (Outpatient)

  • Retain patients locally in their home communities

  • Reduces family stress

Telemedicine Services

  • Family/ Behavioral Therapy

    • Modified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

    • Psychological strategies for behavioral concerns, trauma, and chronic conditions

    • Behavioral strategies for autism/comorbid concerns

  • Medication Management & Consultation

    • Behavioral medication management

    • Medication consultation related to developmental concerns

  • Parenting/Prevention

    • OASIS intensive parent/guardian training​

  • Assessment

    • Autism assessment

    • Functional behavioral assessment

  • Feeding & Weight Issues

    • Feeding difficulties

    • Pediatric obesity

  • Toileting Concerns

    • Toileting​

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Telehealth ROCKS Goals and Objectives



  • Using learning collaborative methods, to engage diverse community stakeholders in ways to promote technology’s role in increasing developmental and behavioral (DB) early screening, assessment, and treatment with rural children in poverty

Education and Mentoring

  • Utilizing a range of distance education delivery approaches including Project ECHO, increase DB training/mentoring opportunities across systems.

Screening and Assessment

  • Using the telehealth integrative service model, increase DB screening and early assessment in rural children 0-8 years using evidence-based, team-based evaluation.


  • Using the telehealth integrative service model, to increase evidence-base interventions for DB conditions as well as co-occurring conditions and broader parenting needs.​​

Maintenance and Support

  • Utilizing telehealth to more broadly disseminate support services for parents/guardians and families, school personnel, behavioral health providers, and healthcare providers serving children in poverty.

Current Service Areas

In partnership with the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHSEK) school-based sites and the South Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative (SCKSEC), Telehealth ROCKS also expands to school partners. Currently, it covers the following service areas:​

  • Allen

  • Chautauqua

  • Cherokee

  • Crawford

  • Elk

  • Labette

  • Montgomery

  • Neosho

  • Wilson​

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Funding Sources

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