$5M added to Arizona fund to help rural health care organizations build, hire

PHOENIX — The U. S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development announced on Monday more than $5 million in grants will be allocated to 12 rural health care organizations and groups in Arizona.

The funding, made available through the Emergency Rural Health Care Grants, will go toward helping rural hospitals and health care providers implement nutrition assistance programs, build or renovate facilities, purchase medical supplies and increase staffing, USDA Rural Development officials said in a press release.

The Gila River Health Care Corporation, one of the 12 Arizona recipients, received about $1 million and plans to broaden access to COVID-19 testing and services for those on the Gila River Reservation.

“Thanks to Congressman O’Halleran, and through the Emergency Rural Health Care Grants Program, USDA is improving access to the critical health care services rural people rely on every day here in rural Arizona,” Xochitl Torres Small, under secretary for USDA Rural Development, said in the release.

A few other recipients include the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the White Mountain Communities Hospital and the Black Canyon Community Health Center.

The Ajo Center plans on using a $875,838 grant to assist the community in opening a new food bank, while the White Mountain Communities Hospital will use a $435,625 grant to buy medical equipment and devices.

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