Inspiring presentations and a Montana specific design hub that guided productive cross-sector conversations for improving your community.

This Virtual Journey was a way to move forward with our cancelled April 2020 conference by bridging the content and experience over webinars from July - November 2020. All 12 virtual journey webinars were recorded and are now available for viewing at any time!


Webinar Information, Recordings & Resources

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Do Tank Learning Hub

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Speaker Bios

The Virtual Journey led participants on a systematic, step-by-step voyage pn how to lead, guide and construct a community based strategic game plan that creates healthier communities in a collaborative, cross-sector manner.

Learning Objectives:

  • Knowledge on leveraging funds, skills and expertise for maximum impact.
  • Timely and relevant information on trends in rural Montana from keynote content experts as well as local Big Sky leaders sharing what has worked here.
  • An expanded network of like minded, community-improving Montanans.
  • How to design virtual ground rules for seamless virtual meetings and collaboration.
  • Tips to help “bridge the gap” of communication between different sectors and professions.

Highlights of the Virtual Journey include:

  • Access to a business strategy and visual design thinking hub created for Montana communities including video tutorials, facilitation guides and more. 
  • 2020 data on migration to rural areas.
  • County level data on social and economic prosperity.
  • Local success stories.

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