Two Kansas organizations have received distance learning and telemedicine grants totaling more than $750,000 through the USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant program.
A total of 25 states were among recipients of grants intended to help rural hospitals, clinics, schools and libraries buy equipment and pay for technical assistance for telemedicine and distance learning. Grant recipients must demonstrate that they serve rural America, prove there is an economic need and provide at least 15 percent in matching funds.
"Broadband and high-speed Internet are critical infrastructure for rural communities if they expect their businesses and residents to compete in the global economy," says USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark. "Connecting anchor institutions and individuals through technology is an essential quality-of-life investment."
KVC Health Systems, Inc.
KVC Health Systems, Inc. is a nonprofit child welfare and behavioral healthcare organization. Each day KVC provides services to more than 25,000 children and families in Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Nebraska, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. The organization's headquarters is located in Olathe.
USDA Rural Development is providing KVC with a $330,695 USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant to develop a video conferencing platform and purchase 400 iPads. KVC has more than 500 professional services staff that provide behavioral health therapy to children in foster care and their families. The development of a video conferencing platform will enable KVC to extend continuing education and required supervision for staff in rural, high-need areas.