WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp announced $2.1 million in federal funding for the University of North Dakota’s (UND) Center for Rural Health to provide technical assistance that maintains their work as a rural information hub.
“North Dakota’s rural hospitals and clinics serve small communities in every corner of the state,” said Heitkamp. “Often these communities can be hours away from a major hospitals and to keep folks healthy increased collaboration on how delivering needed health care to these communities are vital to their success. This federal funding will help UND’s Center for Rural Health Care continue its work to help make sure rural communities have access to needed health information and services. It’s another reminder of why rural hospitals are so critical, yet the Republican health care bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate could force many of these hospitals to close. They provide critical services for those in rural communities who would otherwise live far distances from hospitals. I’ll continue to push back against this bill and instead keep calling for a real, bipartisan effort to improve health care that supports North Dakotans.”
The UND’s Center for Rural Health is North Dakota’s official State Office of Rural Health that partners with both the federal and state governments to make sure rural health care clinics and hospitals are able to collaborate on training, information, and support they need to keep small communities healthy. The federal funds announced today are made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources & Services Administration’s Office of Rural Health Policy.