Improving the Health of Montanans through Local and Tribal Public Health

Project Term: 24 months; Ended 2018
Grant Amount: $1,344,740

This project supported county and tribal health department strategic planning and programming through a collaboration with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). This grant made a major contribution to strengthening county and tribal public health departments in Montana and helped transform the relationship between the state and local health departments. The grant enabled local and tribal jurisdictions to complete community health planning that otherwise would not have happened on a statewide scale. From 2015 to 2018, the grant activities increased the number of completed community health assessments (CHA) by county and tribal health departments from 10 to 44; the number of community health improvement plans (CHIP) from 7 to 35; and the number of strategic plans from 7 to 26. In addition, some the funding was used by local health departments to implement programs that addressed priority areas identified in the CHIPs. For smaller health departments that lacked the resources to complete CHAs or CHIPs, the grant also allowed DPHHS to provide basic resources such as public health training for boards of health. The funding and collaboration between DPHHS and MHCF also facilitated the creation of a permanent public health system support unit that will provide ongoing support and technical assistance to local health departments beyond the term of the grant.

County Health Profiles are available to the public via the DPHHS portal for the county health departments and Community Health Assessments are available on our website.

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