The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded more thanÂ $16 million in grants to nonprofit healthcare organizations nationwide to foster the development of telehealth technology, care provider training and research to supportÂ rural communities.
TheÂ Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday HRSA’sÂ Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will administerÂ the grants which will aidÂ 60 rural communities in 32 states as well asÂ seven rural health research centers.
“Rural and frontier communities face unique geographic barriers to obtaining comprehensive and convenient health care services,” said Jim Macrae, HRSA acting administrator.
“These grants are designed to help individuals and communities access the high-quality care they need to live healthier lives,” Macrae added.
Tom Morris,Â FORHP associate administrator, said the grants seek to foster collaboration among health and social servicesÂ providers within a community to facilitate theÂ sharing of resources, expertise and technology development.
HSRA gave the awards throughÂ four grant programs that include theÂ Telehealth Network Grant Program,Â Rural Health Research Centers,Â Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement andÂ Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program.
AÂ complete list of grant awardees can be found on HRSA’s website.