Missoula Foster Child Health Partnership: Model Practice for Montana Replication

Project Term: 24 months; 2018-2020
Grant Amount: $69,653

This project will evaluate the Foster Child Health Partnership, the home visiting model currently used in Missoula, to create a documented protocol for replication in preparation for piloting the program in one additional Montana county, in cooperation with DPHHS. The grant will support an independent program evaluation that uses local and DPHHS data to characterize impacts of support to foster parents, foster care medical providers and Child Protective Service caseworkers and to assess foster child health outcomes. The grantee is seeking model practice designation from the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), which would be an important step toward broader replication of the model. The grantee will engage with Missoula’s federally qualified health center, Partnership Health Center and the Kindness, Elegance, Love Project (PHC-KELP) along with other agencies to coordinate services to biological parents after family reunification. This project’s goal is to demonstrate the improved health outcomes of the Foster Child Health Partnership and to replicate similar partnerships in other counties in Montana. Partners include Missoula City-County Health Department, MT DPHHS Child and Family Services Division and Providence Grant Creek Foster Care Clinic.

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