Committed to working in partnership with Montana’s American Indian people
Montana is home to federally-recognized tribes on seven reservations, one state-recognized tribe, and a large urban Indian population. In a 2014 report on the health of Montanans, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services documented severe health disparities among American Indians living in Montana. The report found that American Indians in Montana die at a median age of 50 years (more than 20 years earlier than non-Indian Montanans). Death rates for specific illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, respiratory illnesses, injuries, and suicide are substantially higher as well. Statistics such as these are only a starting point for understanding the health challenges facing American Indians in Montana. These health disparities are rooted in longstanding challenges, including poverty and unemployment, racial discrimination and historical trauma, inadequate housing, and food insecurity, among others.
We are currently accepting two types of grant proposals: competitive grants submitted under our 2018 Call for Proposals and invited grants submitted under our specific American Indian Health Initiatives, which include:
- Strengthening American Indian Health Services
- American Indian Health Governance and Leadership Support
- Reducing American Indian Health Disparities
NOTE: Only tribes, tribal health departments, and urban Indian health centers (members of the American Indian Health Leaders group) are eligible for invited initiative grants.
American Indian Health Grantees
Blackfeet Partnership for Food Sovereignty Strategic Plan
Project Tem: 12 months; 2018-2019
Grant Amount: $50,000
For this project, Blackfeet planners, in partnership with community-level organizations and the MSU Native Land Project, will engage in a facilitated strategic planning process to design a comprehensive food sovereignty strategic plan and begin implementation. The overarching goal of the project is to end food insecurity and the many of the problems implicit in disconnecting from traditional food sources. Objectives include coordination of food production and delivery systems on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, the creation of a Blackfeet food code, and development of measurements tools to track potential health changes due to interventions in the food and health system. Funding will be used for a project manager and consultant to assist with the strategic planning process. Key partnerships include the Blackfeet Tribe, community partners, and the MSU Native Land Project.
Establishing A Structured Framework to Improve Sustained Health and Well-Being
Project Term: 12 months; 2018-2019
Grant Amount: $25,000
Embedding Lean Six Sigma as an evidence-based quality performance improvement methodology will allow Bighorn Valley Health Center (BVHC) to make progress toward enhancing a systems approach toward value-based health care services. BVHC is expanding to increase access and services, merging with existing clinic sites to share expertise and resources, and extending outreach to develop community partnerships. In order to optimize clinical workflow, patient experience, and outcomes, the health center will engage various resources and expertise to train our teams to apply and practice Lean Six Sigma tools, to ensure projects and workflows are well defined, measured, analyzed, improved, and controlled. Grant funding will support the initial cost to integrate the Lean Six Sigma framework across the organization.
Feasibility Study for Itchik Diiawakaam Family Healing Center
Project Term: 12 months; 2018-2019
Grant Amount: $49,350
This project will support a feasibility study for establishing the Itchik Diiawakaam Family Healing Center within the Apsaalooke Nation. This center aims to provide a program and facility that allows individuals and families to heal together in their community while immersed in Crow cultural values and support. The center’s focus on relational justice, foster care alternatives, integrative approaches to mental and physical health, meaningful work, trauma resolution, and indigenous models of education will serve as a blueprint for the exploration process. The center will be piloted in Lodge Grass on the Crow Indian Reservation, and residents will be engaged in all facets of program creation and implementation. This grant will fund staff time to complete the feasibility study. Project partners include Lodge Grass City Government leadership and tribal community members.
Two Eagle River School Wellness Project
Project Term: 12 months; 2017-2018
Grant Amount: $50,000
This grant will fund a partnership between Two Eagle River School and Tribal Health of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) to bring a licensed mental health counselor into the school to provide behavioral health services to the students. Two Eagle River School is a tribal alternative middle and high school serving 110 students on the Flathead Reservation. After multiple suicides in the community over the past year, the school has identified an immediate need to address the mental health and historical trauma needs of the students. The project is supported by the CSKT Tribal Council and will form a new partnership with CSKT Tribal Health. Freedom Lodge is a non-profit that will provide training to the therapist to address historical trauma within the school and assist with the evaluation of the project.
Blackfeet Emergency Medical Services Program
Project Term: 24 months; 2017-2019
Grant Amount: $75,136
This project will train and certify six paramedics from Blackfeet Tribal Health’s current emergency medicine technician staff. A consultant will provide classroom and skills training, and paramedic students will have the opportunity to do ride-alongs and work in the emergency departments of partner organizations including. Trained paramedic staff will allow the tribe to address workforce challenges and provide much needed services for the community.
2018 Call for Proposals
Find out about this year’s available grants.