November 20, 2014

Manchin Announces Nearly $1.3 Million to Rural Communities on National Rural Health Day

Funding will deliver medical services and educational opportunities to rural communities in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. – Today, on National Rural Health Day, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced $1,225,611 in federal funding to CAMC Health Education and Research Institute, Monongalia County General Hospital Company and West Virginia Network. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the funding through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. The funds will be used in a variety of ways to help remotely connect residents in West Virginia’s rural communities to medical services and educational opportunities.

“These smart investments will make it easier for West Virginians living in remote areas of our beautiful state to access the best available medical resources and educational opportunities while not having to drive long distances to our urban communities,” Senator Manchin said. “This funding will provide long-distance medical services and establish innovative learning tools, which will truly help improve the quality of life for thousands of West Virginians.”

The DLT Grant Program establishes interactive video conferencing to connect patients and students in rural communities to their medical professionals, teachers or experts in additional areas of expertise. 

Listed below are the individual award amounts: 

$229,368 - CAMC Health Education and Research Institute: Funding will be used to increase access to mental health services for approximately 5,000 children and adolescents living in the rural areas of Boone, Calhoun, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Pocahontas, and Webster Counties. 

$496,252 – Monongalia County General Hospital Company: Funding will be used to connect medical professionals in Morgantown with health care providers and patients in the rural areas of Barbour, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker and Webster Counties.

$499,991- West Virginia Network: Funding will be used to provide classroom video conferencing capabilities at twelve West Virginia campuses and create a mobile application that will enable instruction for adults seeking to complete a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.