The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) makes strategic investments to improve the health and well-being of all Montanans. MHCF contributes to a measurably healthier state by supporting access to quality and affordable health services, conducting evidence-driven research and analysis, and addressing the upstream influences on health and illness.
Certain people in our state face particularly difficult challenges to health. “Health disparities” – defined as the higher rates of illness and death that are consistently documented among certain subgroups – are all too common among certain racial and ethnic groups, among those who face social and economic disadvantage, and among young children and older adults. Across all of our work, MHCF places a particular emphasis on reducing health disparities and ensuring that every Montanan has an opportunity to enjoy a full, productive, and healthy life.
The Montana Healthcare Foundation was created in 2013 and came into existence as result of the sale of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Montana to a private corporation. In accordance with State law, the assets were transferred to a charitable trust to be managed for public benefit. The Foundation is a permanent resource for Montanans. Rather than spending the money in the trust over a few years and then dissolving, the Foundation will spend the income from trust investments (roughly five percent of the total value of the trust each year), and provide a stable, reliable resource supporting health for Montanans.
The values that guide our work include:
Integrity – We strive to be honest and principled, both in our stewardship of the MHCF Trust, and in all of our interactions with grantees, partners, and other stakeholders.
Engagement – Our strategy and programming will be grounded in engagement with communities. We will emphasize strong and enduring partnerships with individuals, organizations, agencies, and other funders. We will be a visible presence in the communities in which we work.
Empathy – We understand that social and economic circumstances can create opportunities as well as barriers to health. We will elevate the concerns and priorities of at-risk populations such as low-income families, American Indians, the very young, and older adults. In so doing, we will improve health by increasing awareness of and strengthening efforts to address the root causes of health disparities.
Knowledge – We will rely on our professional expertise and high-quality, community-based data to make effective, strategic investments that improve health.
Innovation – We will look beyond “business as usual,” and catalyze significant health improvement through bringing—and allowing our grantees and partners to bring—new and innovative ideas to fruition. Recognizing that everyone has an important role to play in improving health, we will mobilize non-traditional partners in sectors such as housing, transportation, agriculture, and education.
Impact – We will pursue programming that has a measurable impact on health and the determinants of health, and will maximize our impact through evaluation, learning from our successes and failures, and continuously improving the quality and effectiveness of our programs.
Transparency – We will be open and clear with regard to how we make decisions and manage the Foundation.