The Montana Health Research and Education Foundation (MHREF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Established in 1973 by the Montana Hospital Association, MHREF provides an important structure for MHA to pursue federal, state and private grants and contracts requiring not-for-profit status.

The contracts, grants, and programs administered by, and funded through, MHREF assist MHA’s members in several critical areas to address emerging healthcare needs in their communities. Focus areas include:

  • Quality, financial and operational improvement
  • Workforce development
  • Mental and behavioral health programs
  • Healthcare emergency preparedness
  • Development and demonstration of healthcare reimbursement and delivery models. For information about MHREF’s/MHA’s role in development of the Critical Access Hospital model, see the CAH link.


MHREF pursues funding opportunities to provide financial, technical and innovative program support to MHA members and the communities they serve.


Our passion is to create innovative solutions to overcome the challenges of the ever-changing healthcare environment.


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