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USDA Rural Development Announces Distance Learning Telemedicine Grant with Edgecombe County Schools

Robert Kerns
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Rural Development’s $998 Thousand Grant Investment is Estimated to Benefit

3,875 Thousand Rural Residents

PINETOPS, N.C., December 14, 2023 – Members of North Carolina Rural Development Team announced a USDA Distance Learning Telemedicine Grant with Edgecombe County Public Schools, today.

Rural Development is investing $998 thousand through a USDA Distance Learning Telemedicine Grant to equip 10 HIPAA-compliant telemedicine stations sites in Edgecombe County Schools.

These stations will allow medical professionals and counselors to deliver mental health care instruction across the county.

“The investment we are making in the students of Edgecombe County is a game changer,” said a member of the Rural Development Team. “This USDA Distance Learning Telemedicine Grant will allow counselors to deliver care to students in need without the burden of leaving school, receiving attention and returning, if possible, to complete the days instruction. The ability to receive on-site counseling is a win for the parents and huge win for the students.”

This investment will potentially benefit 3,875 rural citizens.


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 our GovDelivery subscriber page.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, promoting competition and fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.


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