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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that Morehead State University (MSU) will receive $247,500 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for their rural health care initiative in Martin County. This program is part of an ongoing rural health demonstration program launched by Rogers and begun at the Roy F. Collier Community Center in Inez. Last year, Rogers secured this funding as part of the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill.

“Preventative health care is key to saving lives and ensuring the best possible outcome to a diagnosis,” said Rogers. “I am pleased that Morehead State is continuing their efforts in Martin County and providing the resources necessary for our community to address their health care problems. By engaging individuals and local organizations, MSU is empowering individuals and investing in the long-term sustainability of this important project. Taking the time to invest in health education and prevention measures goes a long way toward improving the well-being of our families and our region.”

MSU will use the funds to continue the “Martin County on the Move” health outreach demonstration program initiated by Rogers in 2008 and to launch a new effort aimed at overcoming health care barriers such as accessibility and affordability. This targeted and comprehensive project works with community leaders, schools and businesses to draw attention to healthy lifestyle choices and combat the region’s high rate of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. The funds will be used to continue previous programming for this project, as well as increase community involvement and ensure its viability. To date, Rogers has secured $780,000 in funding for this important initiative.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit