Montana is home to federally-recognized tribes on seven reservations, one state-recognized tribe, and a large urban Indian population. Recent reports have documented severe health disparities among American Indians living in Montana including a median death rate of nearly 20 years earlier than non-Indian Montanans. We are committed to working in partnership with Montana’s American Indian people to strengthen health services, support health governance and leadership, and reduce health disparities. Competitive grants and invited initiative-specific grant funding is currently available.

Mental illness and substance use disorders are common, serious problems in Montana. In surveys of health needs carried out by Montana’s local health departments and hospitals, these issues rank as the most important health challenges in many Montana communities. We are committed to addressing these issues by promoting integrated health care, treating substance use disorders, and solving perinatal drug and alcohol use. Competitive grants and invited initiative-specific grant funding is currently available.

Many communities, particularly in rural Montana, have limited access to health services, and health care workforce shortages and budget shortfalls are widespread. We are dedicated to improving the health status of Montanans and to increasing the quality and accessibility of health services for people across the state. Competitive grants and invited initiative-specific grant funding is currently available.

We are committed to strengthening local and tribal public health trough supporting health departments in governance, community health assessments, strategic planning, and program development. This focus area currently supports leadership planning efforts.

The goal of this focus area is to provide practical policy solutions to key health systems challenges; to ensure that Montanans have adequate information to understand and reach informed decisions regarding proposed Medicaid and health policy changes at the federal and state levels; and to allow Montana’s health system to adapt to new policies promptly and effectively.

We are committed to working with organizations to enhance health services, expand funding, and create new partnerships. This focus area will help give non-profit organizations the ability to diversify revenue, strengthen partnerships, and advance health services. Invited grant funding for grant application assistance and social service non-profit capacity building is currently available.