There is more to health than health care. Affordable housing, fresh produce, safe places to exercise, quality early child care, and good jobs are all critically important when it comes to the health of Montana's residents. 

Thank you Senator Tester for your support of the 2017 Montana Healthy Communities Conference:


2017 Conference Highlights:

Thank you for attending! Over 250 attendees and a wonderful presentation from Governor Bullock! We appreciate generous support from these sponsors: First Interstate BancSystem Foundation,  Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation , Montana Primary Care Association, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Hospital Association, Opportunity Link, Inc., The OP and WE Edwards Foundation and PacificSource Health Plans.

The 2017 Montana Healthy Communities Conference: Building on What Works is a 1.5 day conference that will bring together community development and health leaders from across the state to explore the future of community health improvement. 

The conference kicks off on Wednesday, November 1, with a networking reception, What Works in Montana poster showcase, and optional pre-conference session.  Thursday, November 2, includes a full day of sessions featuring national and local speakers, What Works in Montana poster recognition, and additional networking

Conference Presentations: 


Four Eras of Community Building

David Erickson, Community Affairs Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco- Click to view presentation


Investing in the Well-Being of Montana’s Youngest Residents

Rob Grunewald, Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis- Click to view presentation


Lessons Learned from Cross-Sector Community Health Improvement Projects in Montana

Ruth Bilyeu, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Red Lodge Fire Rescue Community Care Team

Food for Thoughts- Click to view presentation

Kallie Dale-Ramos, Attorney, Montana Legal Services Association

Montana Health Justice Partnership- Click to view presentation

Shelly Sutherland, Chief Community Development Officer, Bighorn Valley Health Center

River Valley Farmer’s Market Expansion- Click to view presentation

Mary McCourt, School Wellness Coordinator, Missoula City-County Health Department

Let’s Move! Missoula- Click to view presentation


Housing Is Health Care: Aligning Resources for Collective Impact

Ted Madden, Chief Operating Officer, Montana Healthcare Foundation- Click to view presentation

Debbie Canavan Thiele, Managing Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing- Click to view presentation


What Works for Funding Community Health Improvement

Lisa Beczkiewicz, Invest Health Leader and Health Promotion Supervisor, Missoula City-County Health Department- Click to view presentation

Sarah Fitzgerald, NMTC Director and Chief Lending Officer, Montana & Idaho CDC- Click to view presentation

Jennifer Olson, Administrator, Community Development Division, Montana Department of Commerce- Click to view presentation

Brenda Solórzano, Chief Executive Officer, Headwaters Health Foundation of Western Montana- Click to view presentation


What Works in Montana Project Showcase:

Please click on the project's title to view their poster-view all here

1. Montana Harvest of the Month
Poster representative: Aubree Roth, Montana
Team Nutrition Program, Montana State University
2. No Kid Hungry Active Kids Project
Poster representative: Elaine Stedman, CEO, Boys
& Girls Club of Richland County
3. Let’s Move! Missoula
Poster representative: Mary McCourt, Let’s Move!
Missoula, Missoula City-County Health
4. Kids in Motion
Poster representative: Wyeth Friday, City of
5. Partnerships for a More Vibrant and Healthier
Poster representative: Melissa Henderson, Healthy
by Design
6. Sealants for Smiles!
Poster representative: Caity Kirk, Sprout Oral
7. Butte Child Evaluation Center, Multi-
Disciplinary Team
Poster representative: Molly Molloy, Southwest
Montana CHC
8. Montana Project LAUNCH
Poster representative: Sarah Webb, Greater
Gallatin United Way
9. Food for Thoughts
Poster representative: Ruth Bilyeu, Red Lodge Fire
Rescue Community Care Team
10. Manufactured Housing and Health
Poster representative: Kaia Peterson,
NeighborWorks Montana
11. Cascade Ridge Senior Apartments
Poster representative: Mary Bair, Montana Board
of Housing
12. Big Sky Villas Rehabilitation Health Impact

Poster representative: Lori Christenson, Gallatin
City-County Health Department

13. Pantry Supper Club

Poster representative: Michael McCormick,
Livingston Food Resource Center

14. Fresh Food Initiative
Poster representative: Kim Dale, Helena Food

15. Montana Healthy Food and Communities
Initiative (MHFCI)
Poster representative: Devona Bell, National
Center for Appropriate Technology
16. River Valley Farmer’s Market Expansion
Poster representative: Shelly Sutherland, Big Horn
Valley Health Center
17. Healthy Foods Financing Initiative Project
Poster representative: Mitzi Racine, Native
American Development Corporation
18. Butte’s Open Air Small Business Incubator
Poster representative: George Everett, Mainstreet
Butte, Inc.
19. Pedlet
Poster representative: Joan Redeen, Great Falls
Business Improvement District
20. Northern Winds Recovery Center (Small
Business Lending)
Poster representative: Sarah Fitzgerald, Montana &
Idaho CDC
21. Montana Health Justice Partnership
Poster representative: Michelle Potts, Montana
Legal Services Association
22. Adult Resource Alliance Care Transition Team
of Yellowstone County
Poster representative: Jennifer Hough, Adult
Resource Alliance
23. Active Living Wayfinding System
Poster representative: Karen Lane, Lewis and Clark
Public Health
24. Promoting a Culture of Health in Workplaces
Poster representative: Sara Murgel, Montana
Department of Public Health and Human Services,
Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Bureau, Montana Cancer Control Program
25. IPHARM—Improving Health Among Rural
Poster representative: Donna Beall, University of
Montana College of Health Professions and
Biomedical Sciences





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


Sponsored by the First Interstate BancSystem Foundation,  Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation , Montana Primary Care Association, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Hospital Association, Opportunity Link, Inc., The OP and WE Edwards Foundation and PacificSource Health Plans. 


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