The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced in August it had awarded more than $16 million to improve access to quality health care in rural communities. Sixty rural communities in 32 states will receive grants. Seven rural health research centers will also be beneficiaries. The $16 million, administered by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) within HRSA, will expand the use of telehealth technology for both veterans and other patients, while helping providers with policy-oriented research to improve understanding of the needs and challenges facing rural communities.
Individual grants are awarded under four grant programs tailored to rural providers and communities. These are:
- Small health care provider quality improvement (21 awards)
- Flex rural veterans' health access program (Three awards)
- Telehealth network grant program (21 awards)
- Rural health research centers (Seven awards)
For a list of FY 2016 rural grant awards: