Project Term: 12 months; 2019-2020
Grant Amount: $25,000
Montana State University Billings (MSUB) and City College will implement and expand the work already undertaken by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) and the Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education (MT AHEC) through the Montana HealthCARE Project to address the nursing workforce shortage in eastern Montana. This project will facilitate planning and partnerships to provide opportunities for health care classroom instruction and job placement for students. It will also identify, assess, and address current and future workforce development needs for eastern Montana medical providers. Grant funds will be used primarily to develop a report of the findings from discussions with eastern Montana medical facilities. Partners include Billings Clinic, SCL Health St. Vincent, and Eastern Montana AHEC. The project’s goal is to address the health care shortage that impacts rural areas by providing recommendations for how MSUB can expand their health care programs.