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ACC gets $500K for telemedicine project

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The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Alpena Community College a $500,000 grant that will be used to help battle the opioid epidemic in northeast Michigan counties.

The college will use the money to implement a telemedicine project through the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.

Interactive video equipment will be installed at 25 locations in 18 northeast Michigan counties, which will increase rural access to education, training and health care resources serving more than 5,000 people.

“The opioid crisis has heavily affected northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, and I’m proud to have advocated for Alpena Community College’s approval, so those who need it most have access to necessary treatment despite the rural nature of our region,” said U.S. Congressman Jack Bergman.

The grant will provide for prevention, treatment and recovery services through telecommunication-enabled equipment and other advanced technologies for students, teachers, medical professionals and rural residents.