Tribal Health Improvement Program

Project Term: 12 months; 2017-2019
Grant Amount: $42,000

This project will fund a project coordinator position to help design and implement the Blackfeet Tribal Health’s Tribal Health Improvement Program (T-HIP). T-HIP is Montana’s innovative new Medicaid waiver program that provides per capita funding for tribes to address factors that contribute to health disparities in the American Indian population residing on the reservation. A strong planning coalition that has begun meeting regularly is already in place and includes representation from Southern Peigan Health Center, Blackfeet Tribal Health, Southern Peigan School-based clinic and Indian Health Service. This proposal will fund the project coordinator position for six months with the goal of initiating a signed task order with the State of Montana by month three and implementation of a minimum Tier 1 of the T-HIP program. Tier 1 of the T-HIP program will address high utilizers of health care on the Blackfeet reservation and provide care coordination and outreach to this population.

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