These 3 rural North Carolina areas will receive $1.8 million in federal grants for better health care

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Three health care organizations in rural North Carolina, including one in Vance County, are receiving a total of $1.8 million in federal grants to improve their facilities.

In announcing the grants on ThursdayUS Under Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small said the agency is “committed to ensuring that people, wherever they live, have access to services reliable and high-quality health services such as emergency care, primary care and dental care”. care.”

North Carolina recipients and grant amounts include:

VANCE COUNTY$44,000: Turning Point Community Development Corp. purchase resources and pay food distribution expenses created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, $760,000: The WNC Bridge Foundation will purchase COVID-19 supplies, medical equipment and packaged meals. It will provide medical care through special and regular community events at centers where COVID vaccines and screenings for other chronic conditions will be available.

MITCHELL COUNTY$1 million: Bakersville Community Medical Clinic Inc. will purchase COVID-related supplies to expand testing and vaccination efforts.

Nationally, a total of $74 million is being spent to improve health care for people in 37 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. These investments include $32 million that will help more than one million people in socially vulnerable communities, the USDA said.

The agency made these rural emergency health care grants available through the American Rescue Plan Act in August 2021.

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