Health & Medicine

Four rural health organizations get $250,000 grants

Four area health-related organizations have been awarded $250,000 grants funded by the federal government's Social Innovation Fund and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

St. Joseph Health System in Lexington will use its grant to establish primary-care clinics in Powell and Wolfe counties, according to a news release. The clinics will use telemedicine technology to allow nurse practitioners staffing the clinics to collaborate with doctors and specialists located elsewhere. The goal is to improve general health and chronic disease management in low-income, rural communities.

The Montgomery County Health Department in Mount Sterling was awarded a grant to establish a health education/navigation program for Montgomery, Bath and Menifee counties. Four full-time "health navigators" will be hired to assess individuals' needs and link them with services.

In Burkesville, the Cumberland Family Medical Center will set up a health center managed by nurses and a rural training program for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The center will also begin providing X-ray services in McCreary County, whose residents have been going to Tennessee for X-rays.

The Home of the Innocents in Louisville will use its grant to establish a dental clinic to serve children in state care, children with special health- care needs and children and families served by the home and its partner agencies.

Last year the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky became one of 11 organizations nationwide given Social Innovation Fund grants, which are intended to increase access to health services in rural areas.