Rural Health Initiatives Get $32 Million in Funding, Telehealth Infrastructure Spending Highlighted

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced earlier this month that more than $32 million in FY 2010 funds have been made available to increase access to health care for Americans living in rural areas. The funds reach across seven programs administered by the Office of Rural Health Policy in HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Telehealth programs to support rural communities received over $3 million in funding including more than $2 million for the Telehealth Network Grant Program, which helps communities build capacity to develop sustainable telehealth programs and networks and more than $1 million for the Telehealth Resources Center Grant Program, which provides technical assistance to help health care organizations, networks and providers implement cost-effective telehealth programs serving rural and medically underserved areas and populations.

"These funds reflect the priorities spelled out by President Obama in providing the best health care possible to rural Americans," said Sebelius. "The ultimate goal is to build healthier rural populations and communities."


Lists of awards from HRSA’s 2010 appropriation