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Distance Learning & Telemedicine

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 loan/grant combinations.

Distance learning projects provide funding for 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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 Last modified: February 16, 2006