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About the Conference

The Montana Healthy Communities Conference April 28-30, 2020 in Helena will be the first statewide gathering to intentionally connect the healthcare and public health fields with the economic development, planning, research, local government, business, historic preservation and community development fields.

We will spend over 2 hours doing real strategic planning that will directly improve the work that you do with your partners and community. This isn't abstract training; it is true strategic consulting at scale. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of their current state, the resources at their disposal, vision for the future, and critical next steps. This is money in the bank for your community.

Who Should Attend & Why

“Bridging the gap” will intentionally connect the healthcare and public health fields with professionals in economic development, research, planning, local government, business, historic preservation and community development.

You and your community will walk away with a vision and plan for the future including how to leverage funds, skills and expertise for maximum impact.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to invite others from their community—especially those outside of your industry or community sector. For example, if you work in public health, encourage your local clerk, commissioner, planner, engineer, business leader, historian, developer and legislator to attend (we have scholarships for all elected officials and clerks!). If you need assistance identifying cross-sector associates, email

We encourage you to submit a poster presentation highlighting a successful project, initiative or research in your community.  

Conference Agenda

An expansive agenda covering the wide range of topics that impact local communities delivered by experts and locals.


Cost & Scholarships

Thanks to our generous sponsors and partners, we are able to offer a low registration fee of $50. Scholarships are available.



Great Northern Hotel

Limited rooms are available in the "MT Healthy Communities" group block for $145. 
Call 800-829-4047 to reserve a room.


Other Accommodations

More hotels are located near the conference hotel.


Speaker Biographies

Check out the biographies for the conference speakers and presenters.


What is Montana Healthy Communities?

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. 

Economic Vitality = Healthy Communities

Montana Healthy Communities is a grassroots collaboration of various organizations committed to raising awareness in Montana about the relationship between the physical and mental health of its citizens and the economic vitality of the community. This includes the coordinated discussion, planning and funding for quality jobs, transportation, research, broadband, schools, safe walking, biking and recreational options, early child care, housing, infrastructure, revitalization and historic preservation. 

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Hosts & Sponsors 


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


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Educational partners and sponsors include: Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE), MoFi, Montana Health CO-OP, Montana Hospital Association, Montana InBRE-the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, Montana Primary Care Association, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, Montana Department of Commerce, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana State University Extension, Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, Northwest Area Foundation, O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation, PacificSource Health Plans and the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities.

Montana Healthy Communities Archive 


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2017 Conference


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2016 Mini Grants

2016 Webinars
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2015 Conference