Feds Distribute Grant to Boost Vaccine Confidence in Rural Texas
By Joey Berlin

Texas rural health clinics are receiving more than $7 million out of nearly $100 million the Biden-Harris administration is distributing to rural clinics nationwide to support COVID-19 vaccination outreach.

Under the Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence grant program, rural health clinics receive funds based on the number of certified clinic sites they operate, with 142 Texas clinic sites all over the state receiving a total of $49,529 per site. You can visit this grant database and use the filter dropdown menus to view the list of Texas clinics that received grants under the program.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that more than 1,980 rural health clinics across the country will receive the funds and use them “to develop and implement additional vaccine confidence and outreach efforts as many communities face the Delta variant and work to get more people vaccinated and protected from COVID-19 in medically underserved rural communities.”

“Rural health clinics play a crucial role in supporting our national vaccination effort to defeat COVID-19,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “This funding will give trusted messengers in rural communities the tools they need to counsel patients on how COVID-19 vaccines can help protect them and their loved ones.”

The grant funding came from the administration’s American Rescue Plan Act. The Health Resources and Services Administration, which administers the grant program, also awarded $750,000 to the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health to give technical assistance to the rural health clinics in the program.

Last Updated On

July 28, 2021

Originally Published On

July 28, 2021

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Joey Berlin is managing editor of Texas Medicine. His previous work includes stints as a reporter and editor for various newspapers and publishing companies, and he’s covered everything from hard news to sports to workers’ compensation. Joey grew up in the Kansas City area. He lives in Austin.

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