Supporting American Indian Health Leaders

In 2016, MHCF began organizing quarterly meetings of the tribal health directors and urban Indian health center directors in Montana, at their request. This group has become known as the American Indian Health Leaders group (AIHL). The goal of this initiative is to continue to provide support to the American Indian Health Leaders group so that they can develop a foundation for effective planning and implementation of initiatives that improve American Indian health in Montana.

The leaders of tribal health departments and urban Indian health programs face many challenges in common, yet they have few opportunities to meet, learn from each other, and collaborate on programs, health system reforms, strategic planning, and policy. The tribes and urban Indian health centers in Montana have no representation on many federal advisory committees that set important tribal health policies, whereas tribes in some parts of the country have the organizational support that enables them to provide effective, technical input that shapes key federal policy changes. Many U.S. regions have Indian health boards that have tribally-delegated authority to run health programs and have staff with policy and technical expertise to support tribal and urban Indian health programs. Montana currently has no one who provides these core functions.

This initiative will:

  • Continue to support the AIHL meetings and goals.
  • Provide funding for leadership development for staff of AIHL participant organizations (tribes and urban Indian health centers).

If you are interested in learning more about the AIHL group or in applying for leadership development support, please contact MHCF Senior Program Officer Tressie White. 

American Indian Health Leaders Meeting Reports

Below are links to reports from each of the American Indian Health Leaders Meetings. 

Strengthening American Indian Health Services

Reducing American Indian Health Disparities

Focus Area: American Indian Health

Governance and Leadership Development Resources

Opportunities for action in SUD in Montana

Report: Assessing the Costs of Chronic Homelessness in the Gallatin Valley

Analysis of the Senate Health Bill’s Impact on Montana

Repealing the Medicaid Expansion: Implications for Montana

Our Work in Governance and Leadership Development

2019 Call for Proposals

Find out about this year’s available grants.