Wyden and Merkley Declare More Than $800,000 Towards Rural Health Care and Food Assistance in Oregon

Rural Health Care and Food Assistance in Oregon: U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden of Oregon recently made the announcement that their state will receive $801,300 from the Emergency Rural Health Care Grant program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Wyden and Merkley Declare More Than $800,000 Towards Rural Health Care and Food Assistance in Oregon

This funding is intended to assist organizations and facilities located throughout Oregon in providing essential emergency rural health care and food assistance to rural communities.

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“These grants awarded to Oregon will help provide crucial support in ensuring that Oregon’s rural families have access to the health care and food on the table they need to thrive,” said Merkley, who is a member of the appropriations subcommittee that funds the USDA.

“These grants will help provide crucial support in ensuring that Oregon’s rural families have access to the health care and food on the table they need to thrive.” “With the assistance of this funding from the USDA, rural communities in Oregon will be able to acquire the resources they require to maintain their health,”

Rural Health Care and Food Assistance in Oregon
Rural Health Care and Food Assistance in Oregon

“These funds to boost health care and fight hunger are lifelines for rural Oregonians who count on local hospitals and organizations in their communities for help,” Senator Wyden said. “These dollars will help battle hunger as well.” “I’m delighted these federal grants are headed to our state, and I’ll keep fighting for comparable government investments that boost the quality of life in rural areas throughout the state of Oregon,” she said.

The Emergency Rural Health Care program of the USDA offers grant funding of up to $500 million to help broaden access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines, rural health care services, and food assistance through food banks and food distribution facilities. In addition, the program helps expand access to rural healthcare services.

The following list contains details regarding awards:

  • Harney District Hospital: $273,400 for the purchase and installation of a laboratory chemistry analyzer and medication dispensing system to improve the hospital’s ability to provide quick and reliable testing to detect medical conditions related to the long-term effects of COVID-19. This improvement will allow the hospital to better serve its patients.
  • The funds of $250,200 will be used to support increased staffing at the Brookings Harbor Population Helpers organization. This will include the hiring of a multilingual interpreter and advocate to help bridge the gap with the Hispanic community.
  • Columbia Memorial Hospital: 113,000 dollars to improve the hospital’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and to build new cold storage to expand the capacity for storing vaccines.
  • Grande Ronde Hospital: $88,200 to ensure that they have the money necessary to purchase hospital equipment and to expand its capacity to respond to COVID-19 by delivering enhanced medical services.
  • This is to ensure that they have the ability to respond to COVID-19.
    The donation of $48,600 was made to Florence Food Share in order to assist in funding additional staffing costs that are due to the COVID outbreak.

 

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For their food pantry, the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center (HCSC) is requesting $27,900 so that they can purchase a transportable cooler, a commercial freezer, and a refrigerated food truck.

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