Our Calling and Our Promise
Providence Health & Services in Montana continues a vibrant history of serving the needs of communities in Western Montana for more than 150 years. Together with community-focused organizations and innovative partners, we reach beyond the clinical setting to meet the needs of today, while transforming conditions for a better tomorrow. Our mission calls us to care for everyone, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. Community benefit investments are an important way we partner to create healthier communities, together.
In 2017, Providence Montana invested more than $19 million in community benefit.
We were also honored to complete Community Health Needs Assessments with our partners to identify the greatest areas of unmet needs in communities we serve across the state of Montana.
Based on data from our recent Community Health Needs Assessments, high levels of poverty in Missoula County make access to healthy food a serious problem.
Here is one of the inspiring ways our investments are working in our communities:
A prescription for produce
Through a partnership with the Great Harvest FARM-acy, Providence Montana helps patients who cannot afford produce to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. Patients who are struggling to put food on the table also receive a voucher for about $10 each month to shop at the farm stand. About 1,000 pounds of produce have been provided to people in need since the program began in 2015.
By improving nutrition, the program is helping patients lose weight and better manage chronic disease. Health care professionals are available at the market stand to answer medical questions and to provide cooking demonstrations and healthy recipes.
We invite you to learn more about how we are working to fulfill these needs and keep people healthy in our latest news. It is our privilege and commitment to continue to serve people throughout Western Montana.