Kansas - Northwest

Joyce Grayson
Tel: (888) 503-4221 / (316) 293-2649

The high plains of northwest Kansas are made up of scenic prairie and fields of grain. This area was once the hunting grounds of Arapaho and Cheyenne Indians, and today northwest Kansas, with a population of 100,000, has many educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities to explore.

Wild West history is abundant in this region where "Wild Bill" Hickok was a lawman in Hays, and George Custer commanded his 7th cavalry from Ft. Hays. "Buffalo" Bill Cody hunted buffalo out of Oakley.

Fossils of large aquatic animals have been discovered here and are exhibited at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays and Oakley's Fick Fossil and History Museum.

For those who love the out-of-doors, there are beautiful camping areas and fishing in the several lakes in the area. And hunting, too. In fact, Kansas ranks as one of the top three states for pheasant hunting, and Norton is recognized as the "pheasant capital" of the world. To slow down and get back to life's basics, northwest Kansas is where it's at.

Northwest Kansas is home to 18 hospitals.

Kansas participates in the State 30 (Conrad) J-1 Visa Waiver Program. Contact Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Application information is available at the web site http://www.kdheks.gov/olrh/

Other J-1 Notes: Instructions for making application for a J-1 visa waiver recommendation through the state of Kansas "Conrad 30" program are available at the Local and Rural Health website:



All program updates are posted to this website. Applications are now being accepted and must be submitted by a health care facility or employer on behalf of a physician with a J-1 visa. Physicians are not able to apply directly to the program.


J1 Contact Information

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Office of Local and Rural Health
1000 S.W. Jackson, Suite 340
Topeka, KS 66612-1365
Phone: (785) 296-2742

Joyce Grayson
University of Kansas Medical Center
Rural Health Education and Services
1010 N. Kansas
Wichita, KS 67214-3199
Phone: (888) 503-4221 / (316) 293-2649
Fax: (316) 293-2671
Rural Health Education and Services


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