Kansas - Southeast

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

The Ozark Plateau starts in southeast Kansas, providing a tangled, rugged, beautiful landscape of rich wooded hills and winding rivers. In addition to wonderful scenery and a population of 520,000, some communities, like Fort Scott, retain classic turn-of-the-century looks, while Victorian homes can be found on beautiful old-fashioned brick streets.

The only major Civil War battle in Kansas was fought in this region, and rich history abounds throughout. An authentic, reconstructed log cabin is located on the original site where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived as a child in Independence, and many festivals, fairs, and colorful holiday events can be found here.

Fishing is a very popular sport here; prime fishing can be found at lakes reclaimed from old mine pits and the four major reservoirs in Kansas. "Little Ozarks Country" is chocked full of colorful nature and friendly communities.

There are currently 15 hospitals located here.

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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