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$5M in federal grant money will fund rural health care programs in Arizona

More than $5 million in federal grants has been awarded to the state of Arizona to fund rural community health care programs and investment projects.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture made the announcement Monday. The funding is part of the Emergency Rural Health Care Grants program.

One of the largest projects includes $1 million to expand COVID-19 testing and lab services on the Gila River Reservation.

Other projects include expansion of telehealth services in Cottonwood, as well as increased COVID-19 testing and vaccination services for the White Mountain Communities Hospital.

The money will fund at least 10 other rural Arizona projects, including COVID-19 testing services, medical supply purchases and food bank projects for southern Arizona communities.