HEALTH AND DIABETES
To receive health services at either MUIHC or Tribal Health you must complete an intake and provide appropriate documentation. Intake forms are available on the “Documents” page or come into MUIHC and pick them up.
MUIHC’s primary source of funds are received from Indian Health Service to provide for the operation and the administration of a health care delivery program through outreach and referral services.
Screening (eligibility) See Registration for MUIHC Health Intake Forms and Tribal Health Registration forms
- Health Care Referral
- Limited Financial Assistance to contracted providers
- Free condoms
- Free Diabetes screening
- Prevention & Education services
- Limited financial assistance for medical appointments
- Diabetic supplies
- Physical Fitness – Referrals to the YMCA
- Quarterly lab clinics
Breast And Cervical Health
Montana Breast & Cervical Health Program has been in existence since 1996. The American Indian Screening Initiative was implemented in 2000. Missoula Urban Indian Health Center sub-contracts with Missoula City County Health Department to get Native American women screened. We are currently looking for women who are between the ages of 50-64 who are underinsured or have no health insurance to be screened for breast and cervical health.This includes mammograms and PAP tests. You must meet income levels in order to participate in this program.
The income guidelines are as follows:
1 in family: Monthly income $1,805 & Yearly income of $21,660
2 in family: Monthly income $2,428 & yearly income $29,140
3 in family: Monthly income $3,052 & yearly income $36,620
4 in family: Monthly income $3,675 & yearly income $44,100
5 in family: Monthly income $4,298 & yearly income $51,580
6 in family: Monthly income $4,922 & yearly income $59,060
7 in family: Monthly income $5,545 & yearly income $66,540
8 in family: Monthly income $6,168 & yearly income $74,020
If you qualify, the program covers regular mammograms and clinical breast exams; regular PAP tests and pelvic exams; diagnostic services for abnormal tests; and referral to cancer treatment programs if necessary.
Screening mammograms make it possible to find early stage breast cancer. The ability of mammography to identify breast cancer at an early stage improves the opportunity for effective treatment and survival. Pap tests make it possible to find pre-cancerous lesions or early cervical cancer. Survival rates are greatest at the earliest stages of disease. Treatment for cancer at later stages is substantially less effective as well as more debilitating.
In 2006, 637 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in Montana women with 111 dying of the disease and 30 new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in Montana women with 10 dying of the disease.
As you can see by the statistics no one is without a chance of getting breast or cervical cancer.
It is our goal for Native women to get 100 screened in the Missoula area and we need your help to reach this goal. If you are interested in this program, please call the Health Department at 829-9515 to sign up. We will also have an event in the near future where you can get both tests done on the same day at designated times. If you are interested in that option, give us a call and we will put you on the waiting list. We will also send out flyers to alert you of the upcoming event when we have the date set.
Please take care or yourself by getting your yearly PAP test and mammogram in a timely manner. We care about you!