USDA Rural Development State Director Lucas Ingvoldstad announced last week that USDA is awarding $1.2 million in grants to improve health care facilities in rural Nevada.
The Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe will use a $672,950 grant to purchase a mobile health clinic. The clinic will be equipped with a pharmacy dispensing machine and telehealth video equipment to support rural healthcare. The Tribe has an agreement with two other Tribes in the area to provide health care to Tribal members. Without a mobile clinic, medical staff would make weekly trips in multiple vehicles covering hundreds of miles to provide health care service. This investment will offer accessible care options, including COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters, and healthcare education for staff and for community members.
“Today’s investments represent President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Secretary Vilsack’s commitment to the health and recovery of rural and remote Nevadans,” Ingvoldstad said. “The COVID-19 pandemic further exposed troublesome health disparities among our rural communities and Tribes. The grants we’re announcing today are designed to tackle those inequalities and will have long-lasting impact on improving health outcomes.”
The Biden-Harris Administration made these funds available in the Emergency Rural Health Care Grants Programs through its historic legislative package, the American Rescue Plan Act. The Act and this program are examples of the government’s ability to respond quickly to ensure every person and family has access to high-quality health care no matter their zip code.
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.