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USDA Brings Telehealth and Distance Learning Grants to Wyoming

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Rural Wyomingites in the education and health care industries can apply today

A new program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making it easier for rural area students and patients to connect with teachers and medical professionals around the globe, making healthcare and education services and information available via electronic and telecommunication technologies in a way they weren’t before.

Groups across the state are already seeing the benefits of such funding. For example, Care United Medical Center of Laramie utilized funds to establish a primary care network at 21 rural pharmacies throughout Wyoming, which has improved health care access for roughly 90,000 Wyoming citizens already.

The Arapahoe Tribe, who also recently accessed grant funds, were able to provide diabetes education and care as well as behavioral substance misuse counseling and treatment not previously provided locally.

Grants of $50,000 to $1 million are available for state and local government entities, tribes, non-profits, for profits, and other organizations, with a required match of 15%.

Funds may be used for the set up of telecommunication technologies, including computer hardware and software, licensing and maintenance contracts, and equipment.

Rural Wyomingites in the education and health care industries can apply for the USDA Distance Learning and Telecommunication grant through April 10.

Informational webinars are being offered on Feb. 27 and March 3. For more information or to register, contact USDA Wyoming Field Representative Joe Bradley at (208) 401-8090 or joe.bradley@usda.gov.