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USDA Rural Development Announces Distance Learning Telemedicine Grant with FirstHealth of the Carolinas

Robert Kerns
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Rural Development’s $542 Thousand Grant Investment is Estimated to Benefit 231 Thousand Rural Residents

PINEHURST, N.C., December 13, 2023 – Members of North Carolina Rural Development Team announced a USDA Distance Learning Telemedicine Grant with FirstHealth of the Carolinas in Pine Hurst today.

Rural Development is investing $542 thousand through a USDA Distance Learning Telemedicine Grant with FirstHealth of the Carolinas.

First Health is purchasing tablets, telemedicine kiosks and telemedicine carts to allow medical professionals to deliver care management and social care management services to four North Carolina counties.

“The days where rural citizens had to travel many miles to the metropolitan areas to receive advanced healthcare is quickly coming to an end,” a member of the Rural Development Team said. “This USDA investment will allow rural citizens to be seen through telehealth technology allowing rural citizens the ability to be seen and put on the road to recovery without having to travel a great distance when they not feeling well.”

This investment is estimated to benefit 231 thousand rural residents.


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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