Moffat County health providers receive financial boost

On Monday, the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council announced it has awarded $2.035 million in its fourth round of grant funding, including $25,000 for two Moffat County organizations, to strengthen health care in rural communities.

The council awarded 54 grants, ranging from $8,000 to $50,000, to physical, mental and oral health care providers in 42 counties.

Moffat County recipients were the Craig Mental Health, which received $8,000, and the Northwest Colorado Community Health Center, which received $17,000.

The grant money supports various health initiatives, including health information technology, construction and remodeling projects, equipment and staff training.

“As we continue toward our goal of providing access to high quality, affordable health care to all Coloradans, it is critical that we support our rural communities,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a news release. “These investments will have a significant impact on care and on people’s lives from Julesburg to Durango.”

Beth Soberg, president and chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare of Colorado, which funds the grants, said the grant money is put to good use.

“By supporting community organizations serving rural Colorado, together we are able to address the critical needs of the underserved population and help improve the health care delivery system statewide,” she said in the release.

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