Rural healthcare gets $10M boost from HHS

May 9, 2012

Seventy rural healthcare providers will share $10.4 million in grants as part of a project to promote health and prevent disease. Find out which organizations are participating and which patient populations stand to benefit most.

Seventy rural healthcare providers will share $10.4 million in grants as part of a 3-year project to promote healthcare and disease prevention in underserved areas.

The grants, announced May 2 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will be used to meet a broad range of rural healthcare needs, from disease prevention to expanded oral and mental health services.

Funding for the program is being provided through HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

“Rural areas face unique issues and challenges,” says Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, of the HRSA. “But that makes them ideal for developing innovative solutions and creating models that can be replicated elsewhere.”

Grantees include hospitals, schools, universities, and counties, and each will receive roughly $450,000 over the 3-year project period. Under the program requirements, grantees are asked to meet the needs of a wide population group, including low-income families and individuals, the elderly, pregnant women, infants, minorities, and individuals with special needs.

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