Montana Area Health Education Center and Office of Rural Health

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

  • "Deer" by Jason Thomas
  • Missouri River - Fort Benton, MT by Amanda Judisch
  • Kootenai River - Libby, MT by Amanda Judisch
  • "Open Road" by Audrey Schadt
  • Amsterdam, MT by Jordan Brown

The Montana AHEC mission is to improve the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals, with an emphasis on primary care, through community/academic educational partnerships, in order to increase the access to quality healthcare.


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

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Simulation in Motion Montana

Stakeholder Meeting
August 27th, 2015
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Helena Capital Building, Room 152

Who Should Attend - Representatives of EMS, hospitals, universities and colleges - any stakeholder with interest in a Helmsley funded mobile simulation education program in Montana

The Helmsley Charitable Trust is now inviting Montana to apply for funding to implement a MobileSim Montana program. This grant would include the purchase of mobile simulation training trucks and high definition simulation manikins. These trucks encompass areas in the back compartment simulating an emergency room and the back of an ambulance. The manikins are high fidelity computerized training tools that talk, breathe, have heartbeats, and can react to medications along with other actions of the learners. The grant also includes funding for staff and operations up to three years, albeit at decreasing levels each year.

The goals of this August 27th meeting are to gauge interest from interested stakeholders and partners about such a project and to discuss a draft business plan relative to sustainable funding for such an initiative beyond the three years.

Any questions, contact:

Jim DeTienne, Supervisor
EMS and Trauma Systems Section
Montana Department of Public Health and Services
(406) 444-4460

Community Paramedicine

Stakeholder Meeting
September 16, 2015
10:00 - 5:00 PM
Helena Capital Building, Room 152

Who Is Invited - Representatives of EMS, hospitals, nursing, licensing boards, payers and other insurers, and others with interest in a development of community paramedicine in Montana

Healthcare payers and others are realizing that keeping people healthy though prevention programs is more cost-effective than treating them in hospital. As a result, new models of implementing EMS - i.e. community paramedicine - are being implemented in communities across the country. Many EMS agencies are filling healthcare gaps in their community with community paramedicine. Some agencies have collaborated with other healthcare providers in their community as a part of a mobile integrated healthcare (MIH) system.

On the 16th, we plan to have experts available to describe what is occurring in other states and to help answer questions and provide options related to the issues or other discussions. It is our hope that we will not only affirm the need for development of community paramedicine in Montana, but also interest and commitment to a strategic planning process to developing community paramedicine.

For more information view the official Stakeholder Meeting - Community Paramedicine Announcement

Any questions, contact:
Jim DeTienne, Supervisor
EMS and Trauma Systems Section
Montana Department of Public Health and Services
(406) 444-4460

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Pathways Into Health Conference

October 12-14, 2015

Welcome Evening Reception Sunday, October 11 *Post-Conference Activities – October 14 *Student Health Professions Day – October 15

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The purpose of this conference is to bring together a diverse group of individuals and organizations to contribute to the cultivation of a robust American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health care workforce. The conference presented and discussed educational methodologies for AI/AN health professions education, effective and promising practices to encourage Native individuals to pursue health careers, as well as opportunities for adequate preparation and support to succeed.

The overall theme of the conference is uniting individuals and organizations and sustaining those connections to develop, grow, and enhance pathways into health professions for American Indian and Alaska Native individuals and communities.

Four core concepts illuminated to advance this process include:

  1. Cultural Attunement
  2. Interprofessional Education (IPE)
  3. Innovations in Distance Learning and Telehealth Technologies
  4. Health Career Development Through the Lifespan

Free Continuing Education for Conference Participation!

Special thanks to our Conference Sponsors

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 2015 Community Health Worker Dialogue

Thank you for attending the Community Health Worker Dialogue Meeting!

If you were unable to attend but would like to keep updated on the process and strategic planning of Montana's Community Health Workers please contact Jordan Brown at and request to be put on the electronic mailing list.

Send questions or concerns to:

Jordan Brown