The Jackson County Community Health Network Inc. in Black River Falls will receive a $15,000 grant to study ways rural tribal and non-tribal health care organizations can cooperate to improve health delivery. "Tribes in Wisconsin and elsewhere have begun forming partnerships with neighboring groups to improve health care delivery in rural areas," Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said, in announcing the grant. 'Grants like this will speed that process ? and speed the delivery of quality health care to tribal members and other rural residents.' The network was created as a result of an $86,614 grand awarded by HHS last year to the nation. The tribe organized a partnership that included several county agencies, hospitals and schools to assess health care needs of local residents. In fiscal year 2001 the network received an HHS rural health grant of $197,938 to implement the plan developed.
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