USDA provides $43 million in funding for rural medicine and education
… New funding from the USDA for rural healthcare and education is a step in the right direction …

USDA Invests $42 Million In Rural America For Healthcare And Education Technology

Funding is welcome but more is needed to reverse the issues in rural healthcare and academics

To stay viable, rural communities require significant technology investment to support medicine, academics and business

Internet technology is important for family and commercial farms

The new USDA funding is widely distributed

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Samoa
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Virgin Islands
  • West Virginia

Technology can reduce COVID-19’s impact on farmers, their families and local towns

  • The Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta Georgia is using their $997,194 in funding to purchase interactive telecommunications, distance learning and telemedicine equipment for service hubs in two counties in west-central Georgia. These service hubs are the pivotal resource in providing healthcare to residents in underserved rural areas of nine counties across the state. Morehouse will deploy the technology to support care for chronic disease diagnosis, treatment and management (including COVID-19), behavioral health and substance abuse services, clinical functions, specialty care referral management and health education
  • More than an hour away from Concord, New Hampshire, the Fall Mountain Regional School District in Langdon (population 690) is using $995,158 to provide distance learning services across 2 counties. Their schools will be able to more productively collaborate and share instructional resources that enable students, faculty and administration to better communicate via digital venues.
  • The Okmulgee Oklahoma Public School District is located about an hour’s drive south of Tulsa. Okmulgee’s population is 11,846. It has been issued $756,760 in funding to provide distance learning services in 2 counties. Schools will be able to increase academic offerings plus use videoconferencing and interactive display panels to expand the curriculum, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses.
Critical access hospitals, rural hospitals and rural health clinics depend on quality Internet service to support telehealth / telehealth for patient care

The FCC Broadband Benefit signifies further awareness in Washington of the broadband Internet access issue

Washington needs to develop and execute a technology plan for healthcare, education and business in rural America

  • Telemedicine/telehealth, remote patient monitoring, clinical data sharing and billing, insurance eligibility and reimbursement systems for rural health provider organizations demand reliable Internet access
  • Rural schools must have quality broadband service to consistently orchestrate the classroom experience for their students and facilitate the effective sharing of academic resources and learning dialogue
  • Farmers and rural businesses depend on consistent Internet service for an array of data needs like weather, atmospheric and soil conditions, commodity reports, ordering of supplies, e-commerce and other purposes
Farmers rely on data-driven resources to be more productive

Continuity in financial, technology and regulatory support is vital to rural America’s success

Quality broadband access improves farm production, rural education and commerce in U.S. agricultural communities

Find out more about the challenges, opportunities and funding resources for rural America

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