HHS gives $10.4M to meet rural healthcare needs

Rural health providers across the U.S. will receive more than $10.4 million in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide direct healthcare -- including oral care -- services to their communities.

The funding announced today by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be used to meet a broad range of healthcare needs in rural areas, from health promotion and disease prevention to expanding oral and mental health services, the agency noted in a press release.

Each of the 70 grantees will receive approximately $450,000 over a three-year project period to address the needs of a wide range of population groups, including low-income families and individuals, the elderly, pregnant women, infants, adolescents, minorities, and individuals with special healthcare needs.

Funding will be distributed through HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration.

Click here to see the list of grantees.

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