Community Development Partnerships

The Link: A Collective-Impact, Place-Based Approach to Inspiring Montana’s Next-Generation Healthcare Work Force

The City of Missoula in 2019 was the first city in the nation to recieve a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health. The award funds a project, led by Principle Investigator Holly Truitt (City of Missoula) and Co-Investigator Dr. Rachel Severson (University of Montana), to position The Link, Missoula’s new library-museum complex opening in 2020, as a vibrant Third Place and a hub for health-science learning, healthy living, and STEM role-model engagement.The project aims in particular to reach traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups, including Native Americans, potential first-generation college students, and children from low-income backgrounds.

The project uses a community-driven co-creative approach. 

Holly Headshot

Project Contacts

Holly Truitt, Principle Investigator

The project described is funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant, Grant Number 1R25GM132950-01 from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH).   Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIGMS or NIH.