Through our Distance
Learning and Telemedicine Program, USDA Rural Development offers rural
communities help in developing facilities to make these exciting new services
accessible. Financial assistance is available through loans, grants, and
Distance learning projects
computers and internet hookups in schools and libraries.
Now, students living in sparsely populated rural areas can obtain the same
quality of education previously offered to suburban and urban areas.
Telemedicine provides clinics and health care centers
and their in rural areas with instant access to physicians hundreds or thousands of miles
away, without any
travel involved. The physician can do anything from conversing with the patient to
making visual examinations, to running complicated tests - all in in real time!
Three Distance Learning and
Telemedicine Grants totaling $1,159,000 were awarded this year in Washington
State to medical facilities for medical services improvements. A grant of
$248,000 was awarded to Pacific County’s Ocean Beach Hospital to help set up a
tele-radiology network that will serve approximately 66,000 residents living in
Pacific, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Clallam, and Garfield Counties. The Colville
Confederated Tribes received a grant of $449,636 to provide telemedicine
services to people living on the reservation. Community Choice PHCO, a
healthcare network composed of 23 medical organizations, received a $461,005
grant to build on their existing medical services network serving Chelan,
Douglas, Okanogan and Grant counties.
USDA Rural Development Specialists will be glad to discuss
services available from the Agency and explain application procedures.
Click here for the Rural Development Specialist closest to you.
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USDA Rural Development is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Provider and
Complaints of Discrimination should be sent to:
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Washington D.C. 20250-9410
February 16, 2006