Bassett Healthcare Network has been awarded a $297,419 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for up to four years to bring telehealth services to the school-based health care setting. The grant-funded project will benefit students enrolled in 18 of Bassett’s school-based health centers in rural Delaware, Otsego and Chenango counties. All three counties are federally-designated health professional shortage areas with significant unmet needs for high quality, accessible, comprehensive primary and preventive care.

In addition to providing access to subspecialists to address individual medical needs, the school-based telehealth project will include diabetes care and education, obesity prevention programming and nutritional counseling, oral health care, behavioral health services, and asthma care and education. Once equipment for remote access is in place and the program established, it’s expected that nearly 200 tele-psychiatry visits can be completed annually, as well as several hundred asthma self-management activities and at least 280 preventive and specialty oral telehealth visits.