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USDA Invests in the Expansion of Rural Education and Health Care Access in Kansas

Contact: Jessica Bowser (785) 271-2701Topeka, Kansas, November 20, 2019 — 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director in Kansas, Lynne Hinrichsen, announced that USDA is investing in four distance learning and telemedicine projects in Kansas totaling more than $959,000.  USDA is providing the funding through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program.

“USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the quality of life for rural Kansans,” said Hinrichsen.  “Through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants announced today, more than 65,000 rural Kansans will have increased access to health care services and educational opportunities.” 

The DLT projects announced in Kansas include(s):

Farm & Home Cooperative (USDA Grant Announced in November 2019)

$127,758 Distance Learning / Telemedicine (DLT) Grant


This Rural Development investment will enable an informal consortium of Allen and Woodson County hospital systems in Kansas, to install interactive video systems. Behavioral health specialty care will offer opioid prevention, treatment and recovery services supplemented by primary medical care to several schools. This investment will benefit 14 end user sites in four Southeast Kansas communities serving more than 9,000 residents. The project will allow more timely, accurate and complete diagnosis and treatment of issues that could otherwise result in a worsening health crisis requiring emergency room visits and/or inpatient admissions.