Improving Access, Training, and Recruitment for American Indian Healthcare

Prinicple Investigator: Darin Bell, MD

Funding Organization: Montana Healthcare Foundation

Funding Amount: $100,000

Duration: 2019-2020

This project Is designed to address two interrelated goals, aimed at improving care for American Indians (AI) and Alaska Natives (AN) in Montana. The first goal is to improve the cultural humility of medical residents and health professions students at FMRWM and the UM.  This will be accomplished through a didactic curriculum for both learners and practicing professionals, as well as an immersion clinical experience at Tribal Health of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.  The clinical experience will enhance cultural training and allow active recruitment of residents and students to work in AI/AN healthcare upon graduation. The second goal is to provide improved access to care for specific needed medical services identified by Tribal Health.  This will be accomplished though through trainings and support for Tribal Health staff as well as partnerships with FMRWM residents and faculty for the provision of new services.