United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. is receiving a grant to purchase telemedicine equipment to provide enhanced telemedicine services. 1/20/2018

USDA is awarding 72 grants totaling $23.6 million through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program. This program funds equipment that uses broadband to help rural communities connect to advanced learning and specialized medical services.

Below are the projects USDA is supporting in Tennessee:

United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. is receiving a $496,718 grant to purchase telemedicine equipment to provide enhanced telemedicine services. The project will benefit one hub and 10 end-user sites in 10 communities throughout Tennessee, Maine and Florida. It will provide computer servers, video conferencing equipment, laptops and tablets, electronic stethoscopes and horus scopes, software and networking equipment.  USET is planning to expand its offering to Tribal Nation health departments to include direct service provision and support through professional development and telemedicine, initially in psychiatry and behavioral health. The goal is to establish a technology platform that facilitates quality health care for tribal citizens and builds the capacity of tribally operated health clinics to ensure high performance through professional development and improved efficiency.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/tn.