MSU receives grant to offer health care services in rural and tribal communities

Nora Mabie

Rural and tribal communities across Montana will get quality medical, dental and behavioral health services for children through a $3.9 million grant to Montana State University’s nursing college.

Laura Larsson, the nursing professor who is leading the grant, said the opportunity will strengthen the diversity, education and skills of the nursing workforce and enhance culturally sensitive care in rural and tribal communities.

The four-year grant began July 1 and was offered through the U.S. Health Resources Services Administration, a federal agency devoted to improving health care services and outcomes for underserved people. More than 600 students are expected to participate in the program, according to a news release.  

The grant specifically funds the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention-Mobile Health Training Program, which allows nursing students and community health providers to offer care through transportable clinics in five communities.

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The MSU nursing college has five campuses. The Billings campus will partner with the Crow Nation, the Bozeman campus will partner with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, its Great Falls campus will partner with the Blackfeet Nation, the Missoula campus will partner with Ravalli County and

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