Health equity is a crucial aspect of the COVID-19 Health Equity Grant. This program works to address COVID-19 in Montana and advance health equity through strategies and interventions that address historic and systemic barriers and potentially discriminatory practices that have put certain groups at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and experiencing severe illness.

Medical provider and patient talking. What is Health Equity? "Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain his or her full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances. Health inequities are reflected in differences in length of life; quality of life; rates of disease, disability, and death; severity of disease; and access to treatment."  (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020).

Health Equity Prioritized Groups Identified by the COVID-19 Health Equity Grant


Strategies to Advance Health Equity

  • Community Health Workers and Community Integrated Health Professionals receive on-going training in health equity and social determinants of health.
  • Collaboration with Native American Health Professionals to ensure cultural competence. 

Statewide Health Equity Taskforce

In order to support the work of the CHEG, MORH/AHEC will convene a Health Equity Task Force with representation from healthcare stakeholder organizations across the state including the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Mountain-Pacific Quality Healthcare Foundation, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, and the Montana Public Health Institute.

Additionally, MORH/AHEC seeks representatives and participants from high risk and underserved communities (Montana tribes, disability advocacy groups, LGBTQ+ serving agencies/associations, and others) to share strategies and best practices for improving health equity. 

MORH/AHEC has honorariums available to compensate those who share their lived experience with the task force. 

Read the Impact Report from the first two year of the Statewide Montana Health Equity Task Force

Featured in Montana Family Physican Magazine: Bridging the Gap: Montana Health Equity Task Force pg.18

We welcome additional participation. 

Please contact Grace Behrens



Health disparities are preventable differences in health outcomes and disease burdens. These differences often occur along racial and socioeconomic lines and are related to inequality and an unequal distribution of resources. Health disparities are also closely linked to social determinants of health which can account for up to 80% of health outcomes.

Social Determinants of Health

Becker's Hospital Review

This project is funded (in part or in whole) by grant number 1 NH75OT000080-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.  The contents herein do not necessarily reflect the official views and policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC 24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People TM