Portman Announces More Than $1.1 Million in Federal Grants for Distance Learning and Telemedicine

October 8, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC –Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development for awarding more than $1.1 million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants to two school districts in Ohio: Gallia County Schools and New London Local School District. The $172,358 Rural Development grant for Gallia County Schools will help provide students and staff with primary and preventative care through the Appalachian Primary Care Telemedicine Program. The $999,524 grant for the New London Local School District will help expand Science Technology Engineering and Math resource access to students in Pre-kindergarten through sixth grade across the four Ohio counties served by the school district. USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program was provided $25 million in the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Portman supported and was signed into law by President Trump. 

 “I’m pleased that Secretary Perdue has awarded more than $1.1 million in federal funding to help improve distance learning and telemedicine to two school districts in Ohio,” said Portman. “These funds will help provide primary and preventative care as well as help to expand access to crucial curriculum. I’ll continue to work at the federal level to ensure rural areas in Ohio have the resources they need in order to continue to effectively serve their community.”

The following Ohio entities received grants:

This Rural Development investment will provide students and staff from Gallia County Schools with primary and preventative care through the Appalachian Primary Care Telemedicine Program. Healthcare services will be transmitted from hub sites at Holzer Health System to several primary and secondary schools through technical equipment purchased through this project. The project will create real-time access to necessary medical care for the children and school faculty in six communities.

This Rural Development investment will expand Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) resource access to the New London Local School District students in Pre-kindergarten through sixth grade across four Ohio counties. By partnering with other STEM-designated schools in Ohio, the New London School District will create an enhanced STEM curriculum for elementary school students. The New London School District will also partner with Lorraine County Community College to provide additional STEM resources and opportunities for their students.  

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