Senator Tammy Baldwin and the USDA secured $13 Million in grants to help rural healthcare facilities. This will help rural hospitals and healthcare providers implement telehealth and nutrition assistance programs, purchase medical supplies and increase staffing to administer COVID-19 vaccines and testing. According to, it will also build new facilities or renovate existing ones. The grants can also help regional partnerships, public bodies, nonprofits, and Tribes solve regional rural healthcare problems, and build a stronger, more sustainable rural healthcare system in response to the pandemic. While it will not solve all of our problems. I would like to thank Julie Lassa, Tammy Baldwin, and the USDA for taking an important step toward helping rural Wisconsin hospitals.

Derek Avery-Patz

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