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County receives $80,000 grant to assess unmet health care needs

The Callaway County Health Department has received $80,000 from the federal government to be used to develop a plan to improve health care in the county and perhaps create a health-service center for needy people.

The federal grant is one of 129 awarded this year nationwide by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The one-year planning grant will be guided by the Callaway Dental Coalition, Missouri Primary Care Association and Ray & Associates.

Sharon Lynch, director of the Callaway County Health Department, said the goal of the project is to assure that all Callaway County residents are able to meet their basic health care needs and to develop and fund an appropriate service delivery model based on unmet needs.

Lynch said the grant will be used to survey health care needs of the county and then determine if a low-cost federally qualified health center can be created.

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