About the Institute

The Institute of Health and Humanities [IHH] fosters the human dimensions of health, well-being, and healthcare.  Founded in 1987 as a joint program between the University of Montana and St. Patrick Hospital, the program formerly operated as the "Institute for Medicine and Humanities."  Since inception, it has employed both the traditional humanities and the fine arts to illuminate and understand major issues that confront healthcare in contemporary society. 

The name change reflects an expanded focus to include population and community health, individual well-being, and recognition of the importance of all healthcare providers in the provision of care.  IHH is currently sponsored by the University of Montana.  In addition to sponsoring events and educational activities, IHH's Ridge Endowment promotes scholarship and sponsors the Ridge Library Collection.

Adopted in October, 2017, the current IHH mission states, “The Institute of Health and Humanities (IHH) harnesses the expertise, education, practices, research and insights gained from the humanities, social sciences, and arts to enhance the health, healthcare, and well-being of individuals and communities in western Montana.”

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