Partnership Health Center - History
A Community Effort Right from the Start
Partnership Health Center began as a round table discussion of Missoula's widely recognized problem of medical indigence. Medical indigence in Missoula and surrounding rural communities is due more to the economic landscape of the region, than a shortage of providers. A large number of residents are described as the 'working poor', and are either unable to afford health insurance, or work for the many small businesses prevalent in the area. These residents fall into a coverage gap between private and public insurance that prevents them from seeking timely health care. In addition, Missoula also has a relatively high-priced housing market as compared to wages, leaving many families unable to pay for health care.
Although a regional health center, access to basic health care is difficult for many Missoula residents. Missoula County was federally designated as a Medically Underserved Area (MUP) in 1992, and a Dental Health Professions Shortage Area (DHPSA) in 2000.
The Move to our Current Location
Private physicians, Missoula City-County Health Department, St. Patrick Hospital, Community Medical Center, joined up with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Bureau of Primary Health Care to start a clinic that would provide low-cost health care. Partnership Health Center made the most of referral networks, but quickly outgrew its small site in the Missoula City-County Health Department. With a diverse base of funding, and strong community support, the current building was constructed and opened in 1999.
- 1989--Started as Partners for Access Pilot Project
- 1992--Partnership Health Center received a federal grant and established as a Federally Qualified Health Center
- 1993--Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides seed money to Partnership Health Center to expand program
- 1999--Facility opens at 323 West Alder Street; Pharmacy and Dental Clinic added
- 2002- Celebrated 10 years as Missoula's Community Health Center
- 2008- Acquisition and renovation of a larger facility located at the old Creamery building in downtown Missoula.
- 2009- Dental clinic's new location at the Creamery building opens and Pharmacy is expanded at the Alder Street location.
Working Together, We CAN Make Missoula a Healthier Place
Partnership Health Center is a non-profit 510(c)(3), administered through the Missoula City-County Health Department, and governed by a Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors is made up of health care professionals and consumer users who volunteer their time to help Partnership Health Center respond to community needs.
Today, Partnership Health Center provides medical, dental, pharmacy, and ancillary services to over 10,000 patients from Missoula, and surrounding rural counties. Partnership Health Center is the proud recipient of generous community support.
- City of Missoula
- Missoula County
- Missoula City-County Health Board
- St. Patrick Hospital
- Community Medical Center
- Local Physicians, Specialists, Dentists, & Mental Health Providers
- United Way of Missoula County
- The Chutney Foundation
- Holy Spirit Parish
- Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
- University of Montana
- U.S. Bureau of Primary Health Care
- Network of Local Social Service Agencies