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Langston, Oklahoma’s Clinic gets a Dental Program, More Services with Recovery Act Funding

Langston, Oklahoma is a lot like many rural towns across the country; it has an aging population and a growing need for health care facilities.  Now, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Langston will be able to renovate and expand its local health clinic.

The funds will come through a combination of USDA Rural Development loans (approximately $563,000) and grants ($100,000).  This ARRA money will make expanded medical services available and provide low-cost medical services to low-income rural residents.

Many elderly people live in the Langston area and  an expanded clinic will also serve the nearby campus of Langston University.  Local officials say the renovations on this clinic could stabilize the number of residents and businesses who call this community home.

Rosalyn Johnson, who is the CEO for the clinic told me that the expansion allowed them to also address the dental needs of their client population. “That’s a huge need in this community.  Our philosophy is we address the whole person:  From the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.  And that’s what we hope to offer here.”

Kathleen James is Oklahoma Public Information Coordinator for USDA Rural Development

Mary Mahoney Health Center SignMary Mahoney Health Center in Langston, OK.The clinic received a CF grant of $100,000.00 and a CF l Direct Loan of $563,863.00 from Rural Development from ARRA funding

Mary Mahoney Health Clinic PhotoThe Mary Mahoney Health Center in Langston, OK. The clinic received a CF grant  of $100,000.00 and a CF l Direct Loan of $563,863.00 from Rural Development from ARRA funding.  The new expansion will connect the two buildings and add additional examing rooms and a dental facility.

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