RHI Montana-Ranch-Evening_FallWelcome to the Montana Rural Health Initiative

The Montana RHI's mission is to create a dynamic network linking prevention and community-based wellness programs throughout Montana to stimulate a higher level of wellness across the state.

The RHI is managed through the Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The key components of the Initiative are:




RHI Announcements: NRHD Logo_Noember19,2015

November 17th, 2016 is National Rural Health Day!  

To celebrate the power of rural, the Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center will be offering contests, awards and mini grant opportunities! 
Rural Health Initiative Contests- Prizes Available!

Health Care Careers Interview Contest

Allowing students to recognize healthcare workers and giving students a chance to explore healthcare careers!

Rural Health Photo Contest

The National Rural Health Day Photo Contest is an opportunity for you to be creative, and show us what rural means to you! You may choose to do this by snapping a photo highlighting your favorite Montana pastimes or showcasing the beauty of your rural community!

Submission Deadlines are November 11, 2016

Learn More Here!

Dr. Frank Newman Rural Health Award

In honor of National Rural Health Day, the Montana Office of Rural Health/AHEC and Montana Rural Health Association are seeking nominations for the Dr. Frank Newman Rural Health Award. Dr. Newman represented the spirit of Montana in nearly 50 years of service to rural communities and healthcare in our state.

 Applications due by November 11, 2016 

Learn more here!


Montana Healthy Communities Mini-Grant

As follow-up to the 2015 Montana Healthy Communities Conference, a mini-grant program is now available. The purpose of the mini-grants are to help communities in Montana hatch and grow projects aimed at improving the health of communities by addressing “upstream” factors that influence health.

An idea generated through the conference was to provide mini-grants to stimulate existing efforts and create new opportunities to improve health. Projects funded would involve community organizations; different sectors such as transportation, economic development, housing and early childhood; and include health and public health entities working together to improve community health. Mini-grants are expected to be between $250-1000.

Application Deadline: October 31st, 2016

Apply Here!