HRSA Awards $7.2 Million in Grants for Rural Telehealth

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced in August that it has awarded $16 million to improve access to quality health care in rural communities. The money will benefit 60 rural communities in 32 states and seven Rural Health Research Centers.

Around $7.2 million of the total will go to programs expanding telehealth services for veterans and other patients living in rural areas.

The Telehealth Network Grant Program ($6.3 million for FY 2016) will award 21 community health organizations around $300,000 a year for up to three years. The goal: to build sustainable telehealth programs and networks in medically underserved areas. All telehealth networks receiving grant money will include at least one School Based Health Center (SBHC).

The Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program ($900,000 for FY 2016) aims to use telehealth and health information technology to bring mental health and other health services to veterans living in rural areas. Three grantees will each receive $300,000 a year for up to three years to expand existing networks of public and private healthcare providers and improve electronic sharing of clinical information.

“Rural and frontier communities face unique geographic barriers to obtaining comprehensive and convenient health care services,” said Jim Macrae, Acting Administrator of HRSA. “These grants are designed to help individuals and communities access the high-quality care they need to live healthier lives.”

Click here to see the full list of FY 2016 rural health grant awards.

Click here to read the HRSA press release on the $16 million awarded to support rural health care.





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