RHI Webinars

Montana’s Rural Health Initiative hosts regular webinars. Here are the upcoming events!

Upcoming Webinars: 

Montana Building Active Communities Initiative: 2018 Action Institute

January 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm MST

The Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity (NAPA) Program’s Building Active Communities Initiative (BACI) is a project of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services in cooperation with Montana State University’s Office of Rural Health. This interactive webinar will discuss the goals of the BACI project, the upcoming BACI Action Institute and the application process to apply for travel scholarships to attend. Up to six community teams, representing multiple sectors, will be selected to attend the BACI Action Institute May 8-10, 2018, in Livingston, Montana.

With in-depth, interactive training, mentoring and ongoing technical assistance, NAPA’s Building Active Communities Initiative supports community-led approaches to develop active and healthy communities. Information about the Action Institute is on our website- http://www.umt.edu/sell/cps/baci/. We will begin accepting applications January 9th and the application closes on February 9th. Please register to learn more about how to apply for this great training! All travel and lodging expenses will be paid for applicants accepted to the program.

Register here!

About the speakers:

Cathy Costakis, Senior Consultant—Built Environment, Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program

Cathy Costakis is a Senior Consultant to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services’ Nutrition and Physical Activity Program (NAPA). Her area of expertise is the connection between public health and community design. In partnership with statewide advisors and mentor counties, Cathy developed the Montana Building Active Communities Initiative (BACI) and works statewide to provide technical assistance and training to cities and towns working to build better places for walking, biking and transit.  Cathy holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in health promotion from Montana State University.

Mark Fenton (center) performs a walk audit through downtown Sioux Falls with representatives of the city and interested community members Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Fenton, a national consultant, met with community leaders during the Healthy Community Design Summit put on by Live Well Sioux Falls.
(Jay Pickthorn/Argus Leader)

Mark Fenton, Public Health, Planning and Transportation Consultant

Mark Fenton is a public health, planning, and transportation consultant, adjunct associate professor at Tufts University, advocate for active transportation, and former host of “America’s Walking” on PBS television. He’s consulted with the Centers for Disease Control, University of North Carolina’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, and YMCA of the USA on healthy community design principles, and has worked with communities across the United States. He studied engineering and biomechanics at the Massachusetts Institute Technology and US Olympic Training Center, was manager of the Human Performance Laboratory at Reebok, and has published articles related to exercise science, physical activity promotion, community interventions, and public policy.











 Past Webinars: To view past webinars, please visit http://healthinfo.montana.edu/health-wellness/rhi-webinars.html