On National Rural Health Day, USDA Announces $23.4 Million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants for 75 Projects in 31 States
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing $23.4 million in 75 projects across 31 states and the Western Pacific to expand distance learning and telemedicine opportunities in rural areas.
“Rural communities often lack access to specialized medical care or advanced educational opportunities necessary for stronger rural economies,” Vilsack said, noting that today is National Rural Health Day. “These grants will help increase access to health care and many other essential services.”
The grants are being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine program. They may be used to purchase equipment to provide educational and telemedicine services to rural communities.
One of the recipients, the North Slope Borough (Alaska), is receiving a $420,027 grant to purchase video equipment to link six Native Alaskan clinics, four end-user sites and Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital. The project will increase access to emergency medical care, examinations, and behavioral health and specialized services.
Another recipient, the Baptist Healthcare System, Inc. in Corbin, Ky., will receive a $182,566 grant to install teleconferencing and telehealth equipment for
Senator McConnell Receives Award for Efforts Fighting War on Coal
Honor comes day after Senate approves his measures to overturn the Obama Administration’s anti-coal regulations
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was honored today with the Annual Achievement Award by the Washington Coal Club for his work to defend Kentucky’s coal jobs, miners and their families. Senator McConnell was presented the award by Bill Bissett, the President of the Kentucky Coal Association (KCA).
KCA President Bill Bissett and members of the Washington Coal Club present Senator McConnell with the Annual Achievement Award.
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