U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA provided more than $1 billion in fiscal year 2017 to help improve access to health care services for 2.5 million people in rural communities in 41 states. Funds were provided through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program.
“USDA invests in a wide range of health care facilities – such as hospitals, clinics and treatment centers – to help ensure that rural residents have access to the same state-of-the art care available in urban and metropolitan areas,” Perdue said. “I understand that building a prosperous rural America begins with healthy people. Ensuring that rural communities have access to quality medical care is a top priority for USDA.”
Two California communities will benefit from new health clinics. Yolo County’s Winters Healthcare Foundation will construct a 15,000-square foot health clinic in Winters, Calif. The new facility will more than triple the current medical space available, and will consolidate dental, medical, behavioral health, education, treatment and triage services in a single location to better serve the community.
In San Luis Obispo County, Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Inc. will construct a replacement health clinic in Templeton, Calif. The 25,700-square foot facility will provide the community with general medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, women’s health, a pharmacy and lab.
Over the past five years, USDA Rural Development has invested more than $166 million in California’s rural communities for a variety of healthcare projects. Funds can be used to construct, expand or improve health care facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics and assisted-living facilities, as well as to purchase equipment. Public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized tribes in rural areas and towns with up to 20,000 people are eligible to apply.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/ca.