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Rural Health Outreach Demonstration Grant Applications Available

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rural Health Outreach Demonstration Grant Applications Available

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The federal Office of Rural Health Policy is seeking applications from coalitions located outside metropolitan statistical areas for Rural Health Outreach Demonstration grants.

About $18 million will be available nationwide during the current federal fiscal year. It is anticipated that 90 new awards will be made and that the average award will be about $180,000 for one year. Applications for smaller amounts are encouraged, according to a press release from the Oklahoma Department of Health.

"The purpose of this grant program is to develop methods to deliver direct health care services to rural areas. These grants will be used to expand or enhance the availability of essential services in rural areas," said Dr. Tom Peace, commissioner of health.

Application packets are available through the Office of Rural Health, Oklahoma State Department of Health. For more information, contact Trevlyn Terry at 271-8427. Applications must be received by the federal Office of Grants Management by March 11. . . The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's Center for Health Policy and Research is launching a nationwide study of the barriers which inhibit delivery of preventive health care services to poor and minority populations.

The study will seek to determine the specific social, financial, physical and other barriers which make it difficult for the poor and racial and ethnic minorities to obtain preventive health care, which could in turn eliminate the necessity for more expensive emergency care.

The yearlong project will be under the direction of Dr. Edward N. Brandt Jr., co-director of the center, which is housed in the OU College of Public Health. It is funded by a $97,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a key part of the college's expanding program in disease prevention and the promotion of health, according to Dr. …

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