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