The Helena Indian Alliance, serving the Urban Indian population in Lewis and Clark County, Montana is applying for 4 in 1 funding to increase its capacity to serve its community with effective health programming. Providing effective, evidence based and culturally appropriate care to our clients is important because American Indians experienced marked health disparities compared to their white counterparts in our region. The median age of death for American Indians in Montana is 20 years less than that of white Montanans in our state (Source: Montana Vital Statistics). American Indian populations, including those in urban centers, have higher age adjusted death rates for cancer, heart disease, unintentional injuries, diabetes, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, COPD, stroke, intentional self-harm, nephritis and influenza and pneumonia, indicating a pressing need for increased access to evidence based health promotion/disease prevention (HP/DP) immunization, alcohol and substance use treatment and mental health care for the population we serve.
The Helena Indian Alliance is a Federally Qualified Health Care (FQHC) Center which provides comprehensive health care and community services to our clients including; primary care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment services, seniors program, tobacco prevention program, youth program, contract with the Veteran’s Administration for cultural services, and other activities and services as partnerships and funding allows. In all aspects of our care, we strive to provide culturally competent and informed care to our AI/AN clients.
The purpose of this grant is to: “Enhance Helena Indian Alliance’s capacity to provide cultural sensitive and evidence-based HP/DP, immunization, alcohol and substance abuse and mental health services to the urban AI/AN population in Lewis and Clark County Montana”
The four goals of this project are to:
• Goal#1: Increase the capacity of the Helena Indian Alliance to provide HP/DP services including tobacco cessation service and support for physical activity
• Goal #2: Increase capacity of the Helena Indian Alliance to provide immunizations to both children and adults
• Goal #3: Increase the capacity the Helena Indian Alliance to provide culturally sensitive and evidence-based alcohol and substance use assessment and treatment to all clients
• Goal #4: Increase the capacity of the Helena Indian Alliance to provide culturally sensitive and evidence-based mental health services to all clients.
In our application we outline a clear plan to implement activities under each goal area and measure the outcomes of our work, using both outcome and process measures, to ensure that we effectively utilizing these funds to improve the health of our clients.