Telehealth providers awarded $260,000 in COVID-19 grants

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $264,651 in grants to Montana organizations to increase telehealth capabilities in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it announced May 13.

Nationally, $15 million was awarded to 159 organizations across five health workforce programs. The awards are funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

"This new funding from Congress will enable more heroic health professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to use telehealth for a broad range of care," HHS Secretary Alex Azar said. 

The grants will train students, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, allied health and other high-demand professionals in telehealth. This will enable these professionals to maximize telehealth for COVID-19 referrals for screening and testing, case management, outpatient care, and other essential care during the crisis. 

Additionally, through increased telehealth capabilities from this funding, organizations will be able to maintain primary care services when clinics and medical facilities are not available, especially for COVID-19 positive, quarantined, elderly and other vulnerable populations.

“Telehealth is a vital tool for our providers in delivering critical treatment to populations most seriously impacted by this pandemic,” said HRSA Administrator Tom Engels. “As we look to build and prepare the future workforce, telehealth has opened up new possibilities to educate and clinically train health providers to connect with patients, when and where they need services.”

HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) oversees the workforce programs that received awards today. Organizations from Montana received funding from one or more of the five BHW programs: Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program; Area Health Education Centers Program; Centers of Excellence Program; Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Veteran Nurses in Primary Care Training Program; and the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Registered Nurses in Primary Care Training Program.

The full list of awardees can be found at https://bhw.hrsa.gov/grants/covid-19-workforce-telehealth-fy2020-awards.

For more information about COVID-19, visit www.coronavirus.gov. For more information on HRSA’s COVID-19 efforts, visit www.hrsa.gov/coronavirus.

For more information about telehealth, visit www.telehealth.hhs.gov.