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OLEAN, NY, November 21, 2019 | comments

OLEAN, NY – Today, Rep. Tom Reed announced a $203,734 grant Southern Tier Health Care System.   The funds will be used to expand the facilities telemedicine opioid and substance abuse prevention project. The site of the project, located in Cattaraugus County, will connect with 11 other sites in various counties. The grant was announced by USDA Rural Development. 

“Telemedicine is an easy, effective and efficient way to handle various issues – it only makes sense to extend it to opioid and substance abuse prevention efforts,” said Tom. “We care about making sure our communities have access to educational programming regarding opioid and substance abuse. ”

“For several years, Southern Tier Health Care System has had the privilege of building and expanding our distance-learning (DL) capacity in our rural areas, thanks to the generosity of the USDA Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program,” Donna Kahm, Southern Tier Health Care System president and chief executive officer.  “The distance-learning abilities are especially important to the area we serve to allow for access to high-quality education through the use of subject matter experts that traditionally would not be available to provide education in our rural communities. This will particularly help us to combat the opioid crisis, which has proven particularly devastating in our region, by providing widespread educational and training opportunities to our rural emergency providers.”

Two of the end-sites will be the Allegany Indian Reservation Volunteer Fire Department and the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Volunteer Fire Department. This project will train 4,500 first responders and benefit 34,933 rural residents of New York.


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