Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $42,000
This project provided funding for 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. Our grant funded the project coordinator position for six months and allowed the tribe to develop and execute a task order with the State of Montana to begin implementing Tier 1 of the T-HIP program. Tier 1 of the T-HIP program addresses high utilizers of health care on the Blackfeet reservation and provides care coordination and outreach to this population. The tribe is now providing care management, health education and transportation to the Blackfeet community, and the program is entirely self-sustaining; they are now planning for Tier 2 of the T-HIP program.