Impact Extra Episode - Rural Health on Life Support Emergency Rural Health Care Grants

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In this Impact Extra Episode, Michelle brings issues discussed in our three-part series, "Rural Health on Life Support," back to the table with special guest Farah Ahmad, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

During this conversation, Deputy Under Secretary Ahmad shares how USDA Rural Development (RD) invests in rural communities and advances policies and programming that create economic inclusion and opportunities to improve health outcomes.   

The two also discuss the purpose behind the USDA RD "Emergency Rural Health Care Grants," sharing details about the up to $500 million in grant funding to help broaden access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines, rural health care services, and food assistance through food banks and food distribution facilities. Ahmad also discussed the eligibility requirements for participation and gave an overview of the two tracks for eligible projects; the first focused on recovery grants to provide immediate relief to address economic conditions arising from the COVID-19 emergency, and the second allocated to "Impact Grants" designed to advance ideas and solutions to solve regional rural health care problems to support the long-term sustainability of rural health.  

Deputy Under Secretary Ahmad also discussed work focused on food insecurity, and provided information on how to access assistance from USDA RD through one of the agency's 400 offices nationwide.