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Juneau - The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium was awarded a $1.5 million federal grant last week to improve access to rural health care in Southeast Alaska.
The grant, which is a part of a $6.5 million fund the U.S. Department of Health and Social Services has earmarked for rural Alaska health care, will benefit both Native and non-Native patients.
SEARHC Vice President for Community Health Services, Mark Gorman, said the grant is "a major step forward in the delivery of health service to outlying communities of the region."
One of the biggest barriers to health care for many rural Southeast communities is the lack of reliable air service, Gorman explained. SEARHC will use part of the grant to upgrade its current medevac capabilities.