CHP Wins Award

CHP Wins Award

Post Date: May 01, 2018
News & Press
Community Health Partners receives the first annual Mignon Waterman Award for contributions to behavioral health in Montana.

Bozeman, Mont. – The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) is proud to announce that Community Health Partners will receive the first annual $10,000 Mignon Waterman Award. The award recognizes outstanding innovation, progress, and leadership in behavioral health in Montana. Mignon Waterman served as a founding trustee and secretary of MHCF from 2013 to 2017. Her vision, insight, and commitment helped shape the Foundation’s focus on the prevention and treatment of behavioral health disorders. MHCF created this award in honor of Waterman’s legacy of work to strengthen the system of care for Montanans with mental illness and substance use disorders.

Community Health Partners (CHP) is one of Montana’s early leaders in developing integrated medical, dental, and behavioral health services. A Federally Qualified Health Center, CHP operates four clinics and serves approximately 12,000 patients annually in Gallatin and Park Counties. Beyond their leadership in providing “whole-patient” care, CHP’s community-driven approach has allowed them to develop innovative partnerships and community-based services that address the upstream influences on health and well-being. CHP is dynamically engaged with community members and organizations throughout their service area and is seen as a key partner in efforts to build healthier communities.

“We received more than 30 nominations for organizations and individuals doing amazing work around the state,” said Dr. Aaron Wernham, MHCF CEO. “CHP’s model exemplifies Mignon’s tireless work to integrate services and community supports for people coping with mental illness, medical conditions, and substance use disorders.”

“CHP is humbled and honored to receive the Mignon Waterman Award,” said Lander Cooney, CHP CEO. “Our staff works tirelessly to deliver integrated care across our clinic sites embracing models of care delivery that put patients in the driver’s seat partnering with their providers to improve their health. We thank the Montana Healthcare Foundation for its recognition of our efforts.”

About the Mignon Waterman Award

Each year MHCF will award $10,000 to a Montana-based non-profit organization, university, state or local agency, or tribal government that demonstrates exceptional leadership, innovation, and progress in improving behavioral health and health care in Montana. Additional information about the Mignon Waterman award can be found here.

About the Montana Healthcare Foundation

MHCF makes strategic investments to improve the health and well-being of all Montanans. Created in 2013, MHCF has approximately $150 million in assets making it Montana’s largest health-focused private foundation. MHCF contributes to a measurably healthier state by supporting access to quality and affordable health services, conducting evidence-driven research and analysis, and addressing the upstream influences on health and illness. To learn more about the Foundation and its focus areas, please visit

EMBARGOED Until | December 1, 2017