Step-by-step guide on how to use the system for end users
How to access Blackfeet Connections
The Blackfeet Connections map can be accessed via https://blackfeet.mpqhf.com/ from any computer, tablet or smartphone.
How to view events
Users can view events two different ways: through the “Events” page or via the “Event Map” page. These buttons are accessed through the Blackfeet Connections landing page and are listed at the top of the landing page’s screen. A description of the two pages based on functions and views are listed below.
Community Resources page
This page displays community programs and organizations on Google Maps with details about those programs and organizations. An example of a program or organization would be the Blackfeet Service Unit (Hospital), Blackfoot Senior Center or Blackfeet Early Childhood Center. Users can search via program name, city, category, health care subcategory or service population.
Circles and numbers
On the map display, you will see numbers inside colored circles with outer circles around them. These are clusters of resources – when more than one resource is at one location. The numbers in the circles show how many resources are occurring in that area (see example below).
To view the resources, click on the circle. This will open a new page with more circles and numbers (see example below). This means there are numerous resources at one site. For example, the gold circle below circled in red indicates 10 resources are at this one site.
If you click on the circle, the resource will display in a white box (see example below). The number at the top of the box shows the number of resources at one site. In the below example, the white box has “1/11.” This means 11 resources are at this one site. Click on the arrow to the left or the right of the numbers to scroll through all the resources.
There are a number of filter options to help search for resources. The functions of each filter are listed below.
Program Name – This filter allows a user to search via a program name. A program is a keyword for a specific resource, like diabetes, food, flu, etc. Just type the name of the program into this field and hit the enter key. If there is a program with that name, it will appear.
City – Click on the plus sign to the right of City to view and filter by city. Click on a city to display events in the map. You can add as many cities as you want.
Healthcare Subcategory – Click on the down arrow to use the drop-down menu to filter by subcategory, such as dentist, disability services, domestic violence, heart health, etc. Click on the subcategory, and the map will display the details.
Service Population(s) – Click on the down arrow to use the drop-down menu to filter by population, such as adult, descendant of the Blackfeet, enrolled members of the Blackfeet, IHS eligible patients, etc. The service population details will also be listed below the filter, just like the City and Healthcare Subcategory filters.
Services Provided – Type in a service and hit enter. The system will search and display any relevant services.
Category (color) – Click on the plus sign to filter by category. Categories are color coded and include church, education, housing, food, healthcare, etc. Once a category is selected, it is displayed on the map. The categories will also be listed below the filter, just like the City, Health care Subcategory and Services Provided filters.
This page displays a calendar that lists events. It does not display events on a map. You can filter by clicking on the month or event type or by typing in a keyword (see function areas below circled in red).
Event Map page
This page displays a map with event locations marked. It also lists event details in text below the map (see example below). The text display provides the event name, hosting organization, event date, time and length and a description of the event.
Users can search for hosting organizations and filter date ranges, categories and event audience using the filter options circled above the map in the above screen shot. A brief description of the filter functions is below.
Hosting Organization – Type in an organization and hit enter to produce a list of organizations based on what you typed.
Date (bar) – This bar allows users to search for events via a date range. Use your mouse to click on and slide the dots at either end of the bar to adjust the date range. Dates will appear below the bar as you adjust the dots’ positions.
Who’s the event for? – Click on the down arrow to use the drop-down menu to filter events by audience, such as adults, children, everyone, families, seniors and teenagers. Click on the audience you want. The events will be listed on the map and also displayed below the map in text.
Category (Color) – Click on the plus sign to the right to display event categories by color on the map and in the text below the map. The color coding is intended to help users find categories of events. For example, if you wanted to find health, select health, and events with a red dot will appear on the map and in the text below the map.
How to add an event
To add an event, click on the “Event Map” button on the homepage. Once you are on the Event Map page, you will see a yellow highlighted button in the center of the screen that reads “Add Your Event!” Click on the button to open a new page that reads Community Events. Fill out form. Information prompts with a red asterisk indicate the information is required to successfully submit the form. Once you have provided all the required detail, hit the “Submit” button. A message will display to confirm the event was submitted.
How to change events or event information
After submitting an event, a confirmation message will appear. If you would like to change any details right after the event was submitted, click on the “edit your response” link. This will take you back to the community events page. Make your desired edits and click Submit. A message will confirm your changes were made. If you would like to change an event after you logged out of the system, please contact Community_Connections@mpqhf.org.
Event approval and validation process
Every event is manually vetted to ensure details are correct and the event is valid. If you submitted an event and you do not see it listed, contact Community_Connections@mpqhf.org.