She earned her medical degree at the University of Kansas Medical Center and KU School of Medicine and completed her residency at Via Christi Family Medicine Residency in Wichita. She serves as the Wilson County health officer as well as the Fredonia city health officer. She was a member of the USD 484 school board from 2014-2023 and served as the president for two years.
Jennifer Bacani McKenney, MD
Dr. McKenney is the Associate Dean of the Office of Rural Medical Education at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She served as the President of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians and serves on the board of directors for the Kansas Health Foundation. She is a member of the Kansas Patients and Providers Engaged in Prevention Research (KPPEPR) board and participates in practice-based research. She was the co-chair of the Governor’s Safer Classrooms Workgroup and serves as the Chair of the Kansas Cancer Partnership.
Contributing to the rural health pipeline, Dr. McKenney created the Fredonia Medical Academy, a two-week program for high school students to gain valuable exposure to medicine. She also helped establish the Fredonia Area Community Foundation and Cultivate Fredonia, a community-wide growth initiative, and she serves on the board of directors for both.
Previously, she served on the national Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. She was also the host of the AAFP’s “Practice Hacks” web series.
Dr. McKenney provides outpatient, inpatient, emergency department, surgical, and endoscopic services to her community. She is on the medical staff at Fredonia Regional Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital. She is heavily involved in practice-based quality improvement and value-based care transformation activities through the Aledade Kansas ACO. She is also the medical director of the Home Town Healthcare home health and hospice agency.
She has made numerous recent appearances on national news and television programs covering COVID-19 and rural health, including CNN, CNBC, CBS, MSNBC, the New York Times, Washington Post, the Today Show, and NPR.
She is the proud mother of her daughter Millie and her son Sidney. In her free time, she enjoys fly fishing, golfing, snow skiing, cooking, trying new foods, and traveling.