Sen. Doug Jones announces $1.1 million in distance learning and telemedicine grants for Alabama

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( — Alabama Sen. Doug Jones Friday announced more than $1.1 million in USDA grants to support distance learning and telemedicine in Alabama.

The grants are part of the USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program. The grants will expand access to job training, educational and health care opportunities for rural communities.

"These grants can help provide a lifelike to health care for Alabama's rural communities," Jones said. "By using cutting-edge technology like telemedicine, we can better serve some of our most vulnerable Alabamians and expand access to quality health care, no matter where you live."

Telemedicine is using communication technology to provide clinical healthcare remotely without the patient visiting a clinic.

The DLT program invests in equipment that uses broadband internet to help those in rural communities connection to education and health care services through the internet.

Alabama received three of the 72 grants the USDA awarded Friday, which totaled $23.6 million.

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