Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center

Working to connect students to healthcare careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.


Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center
Montana State University
P.O. Box 170520
Bozeman, MT 59717-0520
Fax: 406-994-5653

Kristin Juliar

Staff Directory

National Rural Health Day 2016

Happy National Rural Health Day!

In an effort to draw attention to the wide range of issues that impact rural health, the third Thursday every November, has been declared National Rural Health Day in Montana by Gov. Steve Bullock. The request for the proclamation was made by the Montana Office of Rural Health (MORH).

Gov. Bullock made the proclamation to promote awareness of the full range of issues that impact rural health care throughout Montana and the health status of its rural residents. Nationally, Montana ranks as one of the states with the highest number of rural residents, with 65 percent of Montanans residing in rural areas. 

National Rural Health Day was established in 2011 by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) to showcase rural America; increase awareness of rural health issues that affect 62 million Americans; and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) and others in addressing those issues.

"Rural hospitals and providers are the backbone of our healthcare system in Montana and are essential to our state's public health," stated Gov. Bullock.

To celebrate the good work being done to achieve health care access and equity in Montana, the Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center hosted three contests and will be awarding the Frank Newman Award to deserving recipients who exemplify a commitment to rural health in Montana. Recipients of the Frank Newman Award  will be announced at a later date on the Montana Rural Health Initiative website, click here, and the Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center website.

To learn more about National Rural Health Day, click here!

To view Governor Steve Bullock's official Letter of Support, click here!


Rural Health Initiative Contests 


Health Care Careers Interview Contest

Interview Contest winners in the 7th-12th grade division are:

 Josie Dominick and Sophia Moss from Sleeping Giant Middle School.

Check out their creative video submission here!

Interview contest winners in the k-6 division are: 

Fifth graders Kaycee Corbin and Kyleigh Koehler from Garrison School!

Kaycee i is interested in becoming a nurse!

Kyleigh is interested in physical therapy, and said this about rural health:

"I think healthcare careers in rural areas are important because then people don't have to travel to big cities for healthcare. For some people, the closest city is one hour away, so it could be hard for some people to get healthcare if they didn't have rural healthcare."


Rural Health Photo Contest Winner!

 Taken by Lorette Carter of Shelby, Montana


Dr. Frank Newman Rural Health Award-2016

Frank Newman

In honor of National Rural Health Day, the Montana Office of Rural Health/AHEC and Montana Rural Health Association are reviewing nominations for the Dr. Frank Newman Rural Health Award.  Dr. Newman represented the spirit of Montana in nearly 50 years of service to rural communities and healthcare in our state.  The nominees who most exemplify what Dr. Newman represented will be announced in late November to celebrate National Rural Health Day.

Awards will be given in three categories:

  1. Frank Newman Rural Health Leadership Award
  2. Frank Newman Rural Clinician Leadership
  3. Frank Newman Future of Rural Health Award
    • This award recognizes an outstanding young leader (high school, college or early career) who is from a rural community, is pursuing a health science educational opportunity and/or who is working on rural health issues and has shown a commitment to improving the health of Montana.

Award recipients will be announced at the last week of November!