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Federal Funds Could Bring Health Center To Cottage Grove

Lane County Public Health

Oregon’s congressional delegation is working to secure funding for a public health clinic in Cottage Grove. It would be the first Federally Qualified Health Center in a rural part of Lane County.


Lane County Commissioner Heather Buch said there’s a need for rural residents to access a clinic in their own community.

“And when you have issues with that, sometimes people miss their appointments or just don’t go in for one reason or another,” Buch said. “And we want people to be able to access their doctors and nurses and clinics whenever the need exists.”

Buch said this has been a long time coming. Half of the $4 million in funding has been secured through grants and foundations. Representative Peter DeFazio has secured $1.5 million in a House appropriations bill and Senators Merkley and Wyden are working on the Senate side. 

Buch said if the federal dollars come through they could break ground on the clinic as soon as next year.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.