Telemedicine grants awarded

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Maine Rural Health Collaborative LLC of Mount Desert Island is one of seven Maine institutions to receive grants from the USDA to support distance learning or telemedicine.

The $431,599 grant awarded to the collaborative will enable the project to offer telemedicine services to nine rural clinics located in the northern and eastern areas of Maine. Through the project, psychiatrist services, dermatology, diabetes care and other specialty management services will be provided. In addition, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians (Aroostook County) and the Passamaquoddy Indian Health Centers (Washington County) will participate in the network. It is estimated that 3,000 Native Americans also will benefit from this project.

“Rural communities often lack access to specialized medical care or advanced educational opportunities necessary for stronger rural economies,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “These grants will help increase access to health care and many other essential services.”

USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said that the funding “represents a major investment in health care and education for Maine’s rural and Native American populations.

The grants are being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine program. They may be used to purchase equipment to provide educational and telemedicine services to rural communities.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.