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American Indian Health and Wellbeing

Thriving American Indian Communities

Headwaters Foundation supports community-driven solutions to reduce health disparities and improve the health and wellbeing of American Indians in Western Montana. We work with organizations that exist specifically to serve American Indians, demonstrate Native leadership within their organization, and prioritize addressing social determinants of health. Since our founding, we’ve relied on workshops and conversations with American Indian leaders in Western Montana to identify key areas for strategic investments to support American Indian health and wellbeing in our region. These priority areas are:

  • Mental Health Crisis Intervention and Prevention on the Flathead Indian Reservation – developing new intervention and prevention approaches to address mental health.
  • Urban Indian Health and Wellbeing – supporting collaboration among the state’s Urban Indian Health Centers in order to increase access to culturally appropriate healthcare for the Montana’s urban Indian populations.
  • Cultural and Identity – partnering with Native-led organizations providing programs that preserve Indigenous culture and identity.
  • Food Sovereignty on the Flathead Indian Reservation- a partnership with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to support access to healthy food and preserve traditional food systems.

If you are working in one of these areas and want to learn more about funding opportunities, please contact Cari Cuffney, program officer.

Click here to read our full 2022 program plan.