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. 

             Cost to attend $35 * Seats are filling fast!                 Register today!

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

Who should attend:

Professionals in the fields of community economic development, public health, health care, housing, education, human services, early child care, philanthropy, business, law enforcement, and others interested in building healthy communities in Montana!

Participants will:

 Discuss how best to align resources for collective impact, learn how to build a market that values health, gain insights from successful cross-sector projects, and increase their understanding of what works for funding healthy communities initiatives.

How we got here:

This conference will build upon the momentum that began at the 2015 conference. See the 2015 agenda, 2016 webinars or 2016 Mini-Grants below in the Montana Healthy Community Archives.


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 Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation , Montana Primary Care Association, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Hospital Association, Opportunity Link, and The OP and WE Edwards Foundation.

 hosts and sponsors

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KEYNOTE: Tyler Norris

Chief executive of the Well Being Trust, former VP of Kaiser Permanente

Tyler has shaped health and development initiatives in hundreds of communities in the US and around the world. He has an extensive background as a social entrepreneur and trusted advisor to philanthropies, health systems, government agencies and collaborative partnerships working to improve the health of people and places. 

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Welcome Reception

A brief presentation kicks us off: "Building a Culture of Health in Rural America
Drinks, appetizers and discussion!


Conference hotel, almost full

Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel 

1 mile from conference
Hotel Helena
double queen $139 and deluxe queen $179.
Lamplighter Motel, 0.5 mile from conference
Rates start at $68/night

Equitable Attendance Scholarships

Thanks to our generous sponsors scholarships are available to assist under-resourced organizations or community members who cannot afford to attend the conference without aid.

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Optional Pre-Conference Workshop  *Seating is limited 

This workshop will examine the interplay between health and community well-being. Facilitator Alana Knudson, Co-Director of the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Analysis, will lead a dialogue on multi-sector engagement to address rural health and economic needs.


Who should attend:

Economic development, public health, law enforcement, business, and education professionals.

Cross-Sector Engagement to Improve Health in Rural Montana

11/1, Wednesday from

2:30-4:30 pm.

Hosted by:

Montana Primary Care Association


Montana State University Area Health Education Center and Office of Rural Health.


What Works in Montana Poster Showcase

The Poster Showcase will highlight 25 successful cross-sector collaborations from across Montana. Learn what it would take to replicate these initiatives in your community. Project representatives will be available to share their recommendations and ingredients for success.

Network!  *  Be inspired!  *  Replicate!
Communities that will be represented include:
  • Hardin and Big Horn County                                                                       ●   Great Falls
  • Missoula and Missoula County                                                                   ●  Red Lodge
  • Billings and Yellowstone County                                                                 ●  Richland County
  • Helena and Lewis & Clark County                                                               ●  Havre, Libby and Lolo
  • Livingston and Park County
  • Bozeman, Belgrade and the Greater Gallatin County area
  • Little Shell, Crow, Northern Cheyenne, Fort Peck and Fort Belknap
  • Butte, Anaconda, Dillon, Deer Lodge and the three surrounding counties

Conference Hosts

 Montana Healthcare Foundation








Montana Healthy Communities Archive 

2016 Mini Grant Opportunities 

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2016 Webinar Series

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2015 Conference Information 

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