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

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 seeking 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.

Applications are due November 11, 2016


National Rural Health Day 2016

NRHD 2016

November 17th, 2016 is National Rural Health Day!  

To celebrate the power of rural, the Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center will be offering contests, awards and mini grant opportunities! 
Rural Health Initiative Contests- Prizes Available!

Health Care Careers Interview Contest

Allowing students to recognize healthcare workers and giving students a chance to explore healthcare careers!

Rural Health Photo Contest

The National Rural Health Day Photo Contest is an opportunity for you to be creative, and show us what rural means to you! You may choose to do this by snapping a photo highlighting your favorite Montana pastimes or showcasing the beauty of your rural community!

Submission Deadlines are November 11, 2016

Learn More Here!


Grant Opportunity

MT Healthy Communities

As follow-up to the 2015 Montana Healthy Communities Conference, a mini-grant program is now available. The purpose of the mini-grants are to help communities in Montana hatch and grow projects aimed at improving the health of communities by addressing “upstream” factors that influence health.

An idea generated through the conference was to provide mini-grants to stimulate existing efforts and create new opportunities to improve health. Projects funded would involve community organizations; different sectors such as transportation, economic development, housing and early childhood; and include health and public health entities working together to improve community health. Mini-grants are expected to be between $250-1000.

Application Deadline: October 31st, 2016

Apply Here!