Trump Administration Invests $500 Thousand in Distance Learning and Telemedicine in Rural North Carolina

Release Date
Aug 19, 2020

GREENVILLE, N.C. August 18, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture is investing $500 thousand in East Carolina University’s new Distance Learning Dental Medicine Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics and Rural Dental Care Project in North Carolina.

“This grant will help dental students continue toward their doctrine despite the challenges we are currently living in,” said USDA Rural Development State Director for North Carolina Robert Hosford. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner with North Carolina in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

In rural North Carolina, ECU will use a $500 thousand grant to so ECU senior dental students and graduate doctors serving their residency requirements will be able to study and work in six community service learning centers around the state.

This project will serve 5,012 individuals.

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