USDA funds 81 distance learning, telemedicine projects in 32 statesStaff Writer | July 15, 2016
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will fund 81 Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) projects in 32 states.
Rural life USDA is awarding $23.4 million in grants
These projects will help connect rural communities with medical and educational experts in other parts of the country, increasing access to health care, substance misuse treatment and advanced educational opportunities.
"Using technology for educational opportunities and medical care can provide services that are often unavailable in rural areas," Vilsack said.
"USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program helps communities better meet the needs of their residents. For example, opioid and other substance misuse disproportionately affect rural areas, and telemedicine is proving to be an effective tool for treating patients when experts otherwise would be unavailable.
"Hospitals, schools and training centers across the country are successfully using telecommunications to deliver specialized care to area residents, and we are proud to bring these capabilities to 81 additional communities."
USDA is awarding $23.4 million in grants to support 45 distance learning and 36 telemedicine projects.
Some of the awards will help communities provide services to address opioid misuse, a problem that is especially prevalent in rural areas. ■