CARSON CITY, Nev., Aug. 11, 2022 – USDA Rural Development State Director Lucas Ingvoldstad today announced that USDA is awarding $1.2 million in grants to improve health care facilities in rural Nevada.
“Today’s investments represent President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Secretary Vilsack’s commitment to the health and recovery of rural and remote Nevadans,” Ingvoldstad said. “The COVID-19 pandemic further exposed troublesome health disparities among our rural communities and Tribes. The grants we’re announcing today are designed to tackle those inequalities and will have long-lasting impact on improving health outcomes.”
The Biden-Harris Administration made these funds available in the Emergency Rural Health Care Grants Program through its historic legislative package, the American Rescue Plan Act. The Act and this program are examples of the government’s ability to respond quickly to ensure every person and family has access to high-quality health care no matter their zip code.
In Nevada, the following grants are awarded:
- The Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe will use a $672,950 grant to purchase a mobile health clinic. The clinic will be equipped with a pharmacy dispensing machine and telehealth video equipment to support rural healthcare. The Tribe has an agreement with two other Tribes in the area to provide health care to Tribal members. Without a mobile clinic, medical staff would make weekly trips in multiple vehicles covering hundreds of miles to provide health care service. This investment will offer accessible care options, including COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters, and healthcare education for staff and for community members.
- Nevada Health Centers, Inc. is receiving two grants to support the organization’s service and processes in response to COVID-19. Nevada Health Centers will use a $272,086 grant to serve the Amargosa Valley and a $303,012 grant to serve the West Wendover community. Because both communities have limited medical facilities, both experience elevated risks related to COVID-19 such as low vaccination and higher hospitalization rates. These investments will help sustain and prepare for future pandemic events, increase access to quality health care services, purchase medical supplies and equipment to increase medical surge capacity, and recover lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today’s investments are included in a national release in which USDA announced $74 million in similar health care investments. USDA will announce additional awardees for Emergency Rural Health Care Grants in the coming weeks and months.
Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit the GovDelivery subscriber page.
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