SEAFORD — U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., and U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del., announced $350,000 in Community Project Funding for TidalHealth Nanticoke to outfit its mobile health van into a fully functional mobile health clinic Monday.
Rep. Blunt Rochester’s office said the funding will help keep Delawareans healthy by addressing health disparities in underresourced communities within Western Sussex County. These communities include Georgetown, Millsboro, Selbyville, Laurel, Seaford, Delmar, Blades Bethel and Bridgeville.
TidalHealth Nanticoke President Penny Short, TidalHealth Director Of Community Health Initiatives Kat Rodgers, and representatives from the Sussex County Health Coalition, Children and Families First, First State Action Agency and other community members joined Rep. Blunt Rochester and Sen. Carper for the announcement.
The $350,000 will support the purchase of equipment to outfit a mobile health van the hospital already owns, to provide health screenings, multidisciplinary health services, education and outreach in community-based settings. The clinic van and its multidisciplinary team will connect marginalized communities with outreach, screenings, connections to primary care, as well as preventative health and wellness resources.
“I am so proud that out of 150 applications to my office, TidalHealth Nanticoke’s application to outfit its current mobile health van into a fully functional mobile health clinic was in the top 10,” Rep. Blunt Rochester said in a statement.
“With these funds, TidalHealth Nanticoke will be able to build on its progress to help Delawareans in Western Sussex County live fuller, healthier lives all while advancing efforts to address health disparities within our communities. I’m proud to have secured this Community Project Funding for TidalHealth Nanticoke and look forward to its implementation in communities across Western Sussex County.”
The Community Project Funding was a part of a bipartisan, year-long process in which Rep. Blunt Rochester’s office received over 150 applications. Each House member was permitted to submit only 10 applications to the House Committee on Appropriations for consideration.