Project Term: 12 months; 2018-2019
Grant Amount: $50,000
This pilot program will assess, track, and analyze the link between mental, physical, and financial health. Health centers in Great Falls, Hardin, Miles City, and Ashland will partner with Rural Dynamics and Rural Dynamics Consumer Lending to address outstanding accounts receivable balances. Patient balances will be targeted to increase patient responsibility and financial engagement and will also be used to develop a credit builder loan pool and provide low interest, flexible term credit builder loans, and financial planning and education services. The goal of this project is to develop a health care model that includes financial health and definitively proves the impact of financial instability on physical and mental health.