MEDFORD, Ore --- La Clinica del Valle Family Health Center in Medford is receiving a federal grant to help the clinic expand telehealth services, which have become increasingly vital during the pandemic.
U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced the $123,792 grant on Friday.
“I was excited, telehealth has been a huge part of our work these last few years and to get more funding to do that will mean we will be able to reach more people,” said Dr. Nat Fondell, a family physician and medical director at La Clinica’s Birch Grove Health Center.
The grant comes from the Federal Communications Commission’s Covid-19 telehealth program.
Dr. Fondell has been working at La Clinica’s Birch Grove Health Center for two years now. He’s seen firsthand how vital telehealth has been during the pandemic.
“Telehealth has been an amazing change for patient care. A lot of the work that I do is in addiction, so before telehealth if a patient didn’t show all we could do was reach him by the phone,” Dr. Fondell said.
The senators say the grant will help La Clinica get laptops, mobile devices, and a telehealth platform to reach patients, while targeting low-income, uninsured, and/or Spanish-speaking patients at its neighborhood health centers and mobile health center.