The Magoffin County Health Department has been awarded a welcomed financial assist from the United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development.
“We are very, very thankful to receive this federal stimulus money, local health department director Birdie Salyer said. “We are just really blessed.”
The $100,000 grant will go toward the purchase of supplies and medical equipment to help serve the needs of Magoffin County citizens.
“This money will enable us to improve our services and have a greater opportunity to provide for those services to our community in a manner that residents need and deserve,” Salyer added.
A state of the art building is currently under construction and will serve as the health department’s new home when completed late this year. The grant money is earmarked for medical, administrative, environmental testing, diagnostic, office, and technology equipment for the new facility.
“This funding is opening up more doors and opportunities to the people of Magoffin County,” U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) said in a press release announcing the grant award.
“Increased access to health care is important and meets the needs of so many in our rural communities,” Rogers added..
“County health departments are now more than ever an essential part of the health care safety net in this region and this investment in Magoffin County will aid in continuing these important services. USDA Rural Development continues as a valued partner in serving our rural communities with clean water, police protection, and medical delivery.”
The Magoffin County Health Department currently offers programs ranging from abstinence education, community health classes, and emergency preparedness.
The department’s stated goal is to have a safe, clean, healthy, family-oriented, drug free, united community with opportunities for economic, education, recreational and personal development.
Director Salyer and Congressman Rogers say the grant will allow the department to continue providing quality community services, and coupled with a larger, updated facility, will allow for expanded care and assistance.