Our members know their states! See what Kansas member, Sasha, has to say about living and working in the one of the friendliest states in this weeks blog.
Name: Sasha Randolph
City, State: Wichita, Kansas
Organization: Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center; Rural Health and Education Services
How long have you lived in Kansas? Why do you choose to live there?
All my life. Kansas is a great place to raise a family. Neighbors tend to really care about each other, and the cost of living is low. Safe, clean and wonderful place to be work, live, and play!
How is 3RNet impacting Kansas?
Significantly. We pre-screen all applicants interested in working with organizations across the state, and we currently post over 370 positions of open and active positions, which helps promote the over 100 organizations in Kansas that are hiring.
What are the best cultural events that happen in Kansas?
Wichita Riverfest every spring, Dodge City Raceway (seasonal), Kansas State Fair every fall in Hutchinson, KS, and many other activities across the state. https://www.travelks.com/events
Why should a health professional choose Kansas over surrounding states?
We often have most communities participating in loan forgiveness programs, higher pay for lower cost of living, and the people genuinely care about each other.
What loan repayment programs does Kansas have?
Kansas Bridging Plan: http://www.kumc.edu/community-engagement/rural-health/kansas-bridging-plan.html,
Rural Opportunity Zone: https://www.kansascommerce.gov/programs-services/community-development-assistance/rural-opportunity-zones/
How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in Kansas?
We have the Conrad 30 program. As of November 30, 2018 KDHE had received thirty-three (33) J-1 Visa Waiver Applications and the application period closed. KDHE did not conduct a Phase 2. This was the fastest KS secured all of the J1 Waivers.
Are healthcare professionals valued in Kansas? Do you have any examples?
Yes! Communities value the spirit of service. You are very respected as a medical professional and are lifted up in a community.
Why do people travel to Kansas?
We have some excellent areas for hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, and outdoor activities. We believe that we have some of the nicest people living in our state.
What sports teams does Kansas have?
Sporting KC, KU Jayhawks, WSU Shockers, K-State Wildcats, Wichita Wingnuts, Kansas City T-Bones, KC Royals, KC Chiefs, Wichita Thunder, Wichita Force, Salina Liberty.
What is your favorite local food?
There are literally too many to choose from! If you're ever in SE KS, fried chicken is a must! We have Bartos, Chicken Annies, Chicken Mary's-- Take your pick. While you're there, go ahead and try the German potato salad too.
What is Kansas best known for?
Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. Tornadoes. College sports (WSU,KU and K-State). Aircraft Capital. The wind... but most importantly are the beautiful sunsets!
What is the biggest misconception about Kansas?
We are not always on a tornado watch. Only during a few days in the spring or fall. With todays advanced technology, we are usually notified within hours, if not days, about a risk.
What are the biggest industries in Kansas?
Aircraft industry. We are also one of the most productive agriculture states in the U.S.
How is the weather/climate in Kansas?
Truth. In the winter, it is not uncommon for it to be beautiful, sunny, 68 degrees one day, and be snowing and 28 degrees the next. If we're lucky we'll get some snow in the winter, but not always. Spring and Fall are gorgeous with temps ranging from high 60’s to mid 80’s. We open our windows and let the air fill the room! Summers are more consistent with warm days and mild nights. It is a bit windy, but we never cease to let our windows down and the turn the music up!