Our health and wellness is shaped by many broad factors: individual knowledge and behaviors; social influences, including our friends and family; places where we spend time, such as school and work; and broader influences such as access to care, community design and policies that affect how we live.


Programs and Committees 

created to support Montana communities and the state's healthcare workforce are:

Montana Healthy Communities Conference


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Montana Rural Health Initiative (RHI)



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The Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity (NAPA) Program’s Building Active Communities Initiative (BACI) is a project in cooperation with Montana State University’s Office of Rural Health. The project's mission is to make active living and healthy eating easier everywhere Montanans live, work, learn and play.

The Montana Office of Rural Health and AHEC Program Office, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and the Montana Health Care Foundation hosted the Montana Healthy Communities Conference on November 1-2, 2017. 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.

The mission of Montana’s Rural Health Initiative (RHI) is to create a dynamic network linking prevention and community-based wellness programs throughout Montana to stimulate a higher level of wellness across the state.