November 22, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $717,000 in Grants for Rural Access to Health Care and Education

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) welcomed over $717,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for critical investments in rural medicine and education in Nevada. The grants include funding for telemedicine projects, remote pharmacy projects, distance learning and video equipment.

“We can’t stress enough the importance of telemedicine to ensure rural Nevadans have access to life-saving, quality services. There are many challenges that families in our remote communities face in accessing health care, and telemedicine presents one piece of how we help them access that care. As we’re fighting for health care access, we’re also doing all we can to ensure Nevadans have quality broadband for vital educational, economic and social benefits as well. We’re excited to see these critical investments made in the Silver State.”


The grant funding for Nevada will be awarded as follows:

  • $489,070 to enable Nevada Health Centers (NVHC) to implement a telemedicine project that delivers primary care, including remote pharmacy services, to rural residents. Additionally, NVHC will connect ten urban centers to seven schools. Interactive video equipment will be installed in fourteen communities in Clark, Elko, Lander, Nye, Storey and the Municipality of Carson City. This project increases access to 4,000 rural children and 63,000 rural residents.
  • $228,300 to enable Renown Health Foundation to expand and improve an existing high-definition telehealth and remote monitoring plan. Video equipment will be placed in 21 communities in twelve Nevada and California counties.