UM gets $8M grant for health care innovation

The University of Montana has landed an $8 million grant to try to solve challenging health care problems in the state.

This week, the Utah-based ALSAM Foundation announced that the organization will be gifting the money to benefit the University of Montana Foundation and the L.S. Skaggs Institute for Health Innovation. The money will allow UM to “engage a variety of stakeholders who are committed to improving health outcomes of Montanans” as well as “construction of a community-facing high-tech space” to house the institute’s programs,” according to UM.

The institute is led by Dr. Erica Woodahl and Dr. Hayley Blackburn, both UM professors in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, who focus on addressing health disparities in Montana through an interdisciplinary approach. 

Members of the SIHI program are pictured on Aug. 15, 2023.

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The institute is known as SIHI to those on campus who prefer fewer than 11 syllables for their place of work.

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