Montana Rural Health Initiative

RHI Webinars

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

Upcoming Webinars:


Past Webinars:

To view past webinars, please visit


July 2015: Taking Care of Your Kidneys; Presented by Hope Mitchell, RN, BSN and Cindy Cornell, MSW.

April 2015National Health Service Corp in Montana; Presented by Julie Fife

March 2015: Arthritis; Self-Management Tools for Your Community; Presented by: Heather Beck, Melissa VanderVos and Katie Levine


December 2014Montana School Wellness Policy Best Practices; Presented by Katie Bark from Montana State University

November 2014: Keeping Dentists and Dental Hygienists in your Community: A Health Care Provider Retention Toolkit; Presented by Sally Buck and Angela LaFlamme, National Rural Health Resource Center

October 2014: Smiles for Life; Presented by Dr. Jane Gillette, Sprout Dental, and Dr. Elizabeth Kinion, Montana State University

October 2014: Building Active Communities Initiative for 2015; Presented by Cathy Costakis

September 2014: Smart Snacks in Schools: Fueling Students for Success; Presented by Katie Bark, Team Nutrition

September 2014: Living and Working Well: Health Promotion for People with Mobility Impairments; Presented by Tracy Boehm and Naomi Kimbell, RTC:Rural

August 2014: Asthma Education for School Staff and Coaches; Presented by

August 2014: Building Inclusive Playgrounds in Montana: Examples from Missoula and Helena; Presented by Cathy Costakis, Meg Traci, Jenny Montgomery and Stacy Sommer

July 2014: Montana Tobacco Quit Line and Other Cessation Resources; Presented by Jeremy Brokaw, Montana Tobacco Quit Line

June 2014: Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship; Presented by Richard Merchant, Northern AHEC, NY

May 2014: Healthy at Every Size; Presented by Lynn Paul, MSU Extension

April 2014: Healthy By Design; Presented by Heather Fink, RiverStone Health 

March  2014:  Running with Scissors –  Activating an Ageless Community Initiative; Presented by Kay Van Norman, Brilliant Aging

January 2014: Healthcare Grants: Part 2; Presented by Doris Barta, St. Vincent Healthcare

January 2014: Healthcare Grants: Part 1; Presented by Victoria Cech from MHA … An Association of Montana Healthcare Providers

January 2014: Shape Up Montana; Presented by Karen Sanford Gall and Taryn Struck from Shape Up Montana

January 2014: Making the Case for Active Communities; Presented by Roger Millar, Smart Growth America and Ben Brouwer from the Lewis and Clark City-County  Health Department

November 2013 Building Active Communities Initiative: Recreational Trails to Health; Presented by Beth Shumate, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and Ben Brouwer from the Lewis & Clark City-County Health Department

October 2013: Building Active Communities Initiative: Transportation Engineering and Public Involvement; Presented by Ryan Leland from the City of Helena and Ben Brouwer from the Lewis & Clark City-County Health Department

September 2013: Building Active Communities Initiative: Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure 101, Presented by Joe Gilpin of Alta Planning + Design and Ben Brouwer from the Lewis & Clark City-County Health Department

September 2013: Growing Healthy Kids: Updates in Elementary Nutrition Education, Presented by Katie Bark, Montana Team Nutrition Project Director, and Connie Evers, pediatric dietitian and  author of “How to Teach Nutrition to Kids”

July 2013: Achieving Active Community Goals, Presented by Jerry Grebenc from Future West and Cathy Costakis from Montana NAPA.

April 2013: The School Breakfast Program: Tips and Strategies to Increase Participation, Presented by Leah Ettman and Tania Young, AmeriCorps VISTA’s at the Montana Food Bank Network and Montana Partnership to End Childhood Hunger

March 2013: Grants Technical Assistance Workshop and Webinar Part 3, Presented by Nadia Ibrahim and Ann Ferrero, Public Health Analysts at the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

February 2013: Grants Technical Assistance Workshop and Webinar Part 2,Presented by Nadia Ibrahim and Ann Ferrero, Public Health Analysts at the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

February 2013: Comparative Effectiveness Research and the AHRQ Effective Healthcare Program, Presented by Kate Stabrawa, Denver Regional Partnership Develop Office Lead, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

January 2013: Grants Technical Assistance Workshop and Webinar Part 1, Presented by Nadia Ibrahim and Ann Ferrero, Public Health Analysts at the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

January 2013: Shape Up Montana  presented by Karen Sanford Gall, Executive Director, and Suzie Eades, Consultant, Q 360 Health

December 2012: 2014 Excellence in Worksite Health Promotion Awards Criteriapresented by Tabatha Elsberry, HealthFitness Program Manager for NorthWestern Energy  and Linda Krantz, MWHPC Chair and Health Education Specialist, Cardiovascular Health Program

November 2012: Community Health Assessments– Michael Bilton, Executive Director, Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) of the American Hospital Association; Natalie Claiborne, Assistant Director, Montana Office of Rural Health; Nadine Elmore, CEO, Dahl Memorial Healthcare, Inc. Ekalaka, MT; Jeanne Manske, Billings Clinic- Community Benefit Coordinator

October 2012 – Celebrate Montana Farm to School Month! Ideas and ResourcesAubree Durfey, Montana Team Nutrition Program & National Farm to School Network; Lea Howe, FoodCorps, Lindsay Howard, Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center

August 2012Back to School Special: Fuel Up to Play 60 – Amanda Diehl

May 2012Fuel Up to Play 60 – Amanda Diehl

April 2012Fundamentals of Community Program Evaluation – Erin A. Bills, MPH

March 2012RHI Incubator Mini-Grant Program: Past Success StoriesCale Younce, Pondera Medical Center; Beth Rice-Groshong, Sanders County Backpack Program; Jessica Brusven, Marias Medical Center; Jennifer Young, Kalispell Parks and Recreation

February 2012 – RHI Incubator Mini-Grant Information Session – Kristin Juliar, Montana Office of Rural Health/Montana Area Health Education Center

February 2012Fundamentals of Grant Writing– Kelly Peterson, KP Grants

January 2012 – Shape Up Montana – Karen Gall and Suzie Eades

November 2011-  Student Success Starts with Safe Routes to School– Taylor Lonsdale and Cathy Costakis

October 2011 Celebrate October as National Farm to School Month with Montana’s FoodCorps Team – Montana Team Nutrition

September 2011Putting Kid’s Health First: Profitable and Healthy Fundraisers for Montana Schools – Montana Action for Healthy Kids

August 2011 – OPI Nutrition Resources – Megan Vincent, Montana Office of Public Instruction

June 2011 –  How Breastfeeding Relates to Nutrition and Physical Activity  – Lynn Hellenga, Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program

May 2011 –The Montana Excellence in Worksite Health Promotion Awards – 2012 Update – Jill Young, Montana Worksite Health Promotion Coalition

April 2011Planting the Seeds of Healthy Eating Through School Gardens – Mary Stein, Montana Team Nutrition

March 2011Boosting Brain Power Through School Breakfast Programs– Katie Bark, RD, LN, Montana Team Nutrition Program-Montana State University

March 2011- Designing and Managing a Community Garden – Toby Day, Extension Horticulture Specialist, MSU

February 2011 – Essentials for Starting a Community Garden – Toby Day, Extension Horticulture Specialist, MSU; Alice Burchak, Shelby Community Garden, Extension Agent, Toole County; Virgil Dupuis, Extension Director, Salish Kootenai College; Kendra Byrom, Growing Community Project, Helena; Marguerite Jodry, Jackson’s Garden, Sheridan. Click here to view the slides

January 2011 – Teamwork and Accountability Is Changing the Shape of Our State – Learn how Shape Up Montana can help change your organization – Karen Sanford Gall and Suzie Eades.  Click here to view the slides.

December 2010 – Missoula in Motion – Alexandria Stokman. Click here to view the slides.

November 2010 – Food Power – Healthy Kids’ Menu DirectoryRobin Mochi

October 2010 Improving Student Wellness with the HealthierUS School ChallengeKatie Bark, Molly Stenberg, and Sandy Bettise

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