The University of Montana’s Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana was awarded a $1.7 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"The focus of the grant is to help develop team health care delivery which is very much in the news now as we strive to improve the health of all Americans," University of Montana Family Medicine Professor Frank Reed said. "Our specific focus is on rural America and on training residents to become fully effective doctors."

The grant funding will provide training and team building activities for both the residency program and partner hospitals in developing sustainable health care teams and transforming health care delivery.

"Our partners have said who wants to be involved in what we are calling Team Training for Transformation," Reed said. "Focusing on training and engaging local teams and educating our residents to be part of that, and to approach some selective health care issues that they have in their local community that they choose to address."

Reed says the first big meeting of rural communities and team training will probably take place this October or November.