2003 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Dr. Joahn Hodges-Betts

Washington High School — Class of 1977Dr. Joahn Hodges-Betts

The easiest way to describe the accomplishments of Dr. Joahn Hodges-Betts might be to list what she hasn't done or been involved in. As a board certified family physician for 16 years, she has spent the last two years treating patients in the Kansas City area who are homebound or disabled. She also assists with her youth department at church, participates in the steering committee for the Quindaro Community Center, volunteers at her children's school, and is a member of five medical associations.

A Kansas City, Kan., native and 1977 graduate of Washington High School, Joahn is currently keeping busy making house calls exclusively to homebound patients. A normal week for her consists of visiting and caring for about 30 people. When she's not tending her patients, she dedicates her time to giving back to others. In fact, her trained skills have inspired others to pursue her unique practice. Local medical schools and residency programs look to her for insight, and utilize her expertise to train future doctors.

Joahn credits her passion for the medical field and the desire to succeed to a strong support group of teachers, parents, friends, and community members. So many of her early learnings about life came from these people, and she is very grateful they gave her Reasons to Believe.

After graduating from high school, Joahn began her educational journey at the University of Kansas, where she received her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. She then entered Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., where she earned her medical doctorate in 1985.