The Montana Healthy Communities Conference was held on October 27th and 28th. This 1.5 day conference brought over 200 professionals from the community development and health and human services fields together to address "upstream" factors that influence health. Thank you for helping make the Montana Healthy Communities Conference on October 27th and 28th a success.  We are already hearing about new collaborations emerging from the discussions among participants. 

Next steps

  • Presentation PowerPoints:  We will post presentations to the conference website. You will receive an email notice when the presentations are available. Status: Complete
  • Small Group Discussions:  We will compile notes from the small group sessions and you will receive a report on the themes and ideas that emerged. Status: Complete
  • Webinar Series:  The Montana AHEC/Office of Rural Health will host webinars over the next year related to topics and strategies developed during the conference. Status:In progress
  • Project Profiles:  We will profile promising collaborative projects in more detail, and post them to the Montana Rural Health Initiative website. Status: In progress
  • Participant Evaluation: Please watch your email inbox for a formal participant evaluation. Your feedback is very important will help us to plan related follow-up events. Status: Complete

Conference Notes:

Day 1 Notes - Roundtable Discussion

Day 2 Notes - Action Workshop

Speaker Presentations:

  • Social Determinants of Health: How Do We Fare Nationally and in Montana?

David Erickson, Director, Center for Community Development Investments, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Ela Rausch, Senior Project Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

  • Keynote Address

James  S. Marks,  Executive Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Health Sector: Strategies and Opportunities

Heather Fink, Community Healthy Improvement Manager, Healthy By Design

Kenny Smoker, Jr., HP/DP Wellness Program Coordinator, Fort Peck Tribes

Larry Bonderud, Mayor, City of Shelby

Cindy Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Bullhook Community Health Center

Moderator: Kristin Juliar, Director for Montana AHEC and Office of Rural Health, Montana State University

  • Community Development Sector: Strategies and Opportunities

Sarah Fitzgerald, Chief Lending Officer, Montana CDC

Michael McCormick, Executive Director, Livingston Food Resource Center

Todd Wilson, Director, Crow Tribal Health Department (Supportive Housing)

Danica Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Gallatin United Way

Moderator: Cathy Costakis, Senior Consultant—Built Environment for Montana AHEC and Office of Rural Health, Montana State University


Conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the Montana Health Care Foundation, and the Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center at Montana State University.

Additional support for this conference was provided by:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana
First Interstate BancSystem Foundation
PacificSource Health Plans
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS)
Northwest Area Foundation
The O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation
Montana Credit Union Network
Montana Primary Care Association
Montana CDC
Mountain Pacific Quality Health Foundation