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 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. 



Montana Healthy Communities Conference:
Bridging the Gap Between Economic Vitality and Health


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

Attendees will leave the April 2020 conference with a strategy for creating a smart, vibrant, healthy community with new and old local partners. With tools and connections, attendees can maximize impact back home: quickly in the short term and comprehensively and collaboratively in the long term.

Agenda includes professionally facilitated design thinking sessions, Big Sky success stories and a “What Works in Montana” Networking Poster Reception with local community and research posters. 


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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 the: Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE), MoFi, Montana Health CO-OP, Montana InBRE-the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, Montana Primary Care Association, Montana Department of Commerce, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation, and PacificSource Health Plans.  

Montana Healthy Communities Archive 



2017 Conference


2016 Mini Grants


2016 Webinars


2015 Conference