Montana BACI: Building Active Communities Initiative

Obesity and sedentary lifestyles are major contributors to chronic disease for both adults and children. In 2011, nearly two-thirds (60%) of Montana adults were overweight or obese and nearly half (45%) did not meet recommendations for aerobic activity. In that same year, over 40 percent of Montana 7th and 8th grade students and 70 percent […]

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Success Story: Helena Community Gardens

Helena Community Gardens (HCG) provides organic vegetables to many community families with food insecurities through the Helena Food Share. In 2017, Helena Community Gardens applied for a mini-grant from the Rural Health Initiative (RHI) to use to extend one of the community gardens. After being awarded the grant, HCG purchased and constructed row covers for two garden plots […]

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Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.  1-800-273-8255   The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis […]

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Simulation in Motion

Simulation in Motion Montana, Inc. is a non-profit corporation formed to operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of this corporation is to provide and facilitate educational and other workforce related activities that support increased educational opportunities, health care provider competence and […]

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Project ECHO Billings Clinic

Billings Clinic has launched Montana’s only Project ECHO hub. Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of medical education and tele-mentoring that empowers clinicians in rural and remote settings to deliver medical care that is comparable to that delivered at major healthcare centers. Project ECHO Billings Clinic holds bi-weekly clinical training […]

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Health in the 406

What is Health in the 406? Health in the 406 is regular communication by DPHHS on a variety of wellness topics designed to raise awareness of health issues that impact the daily lives of Montanans. They have regular scheduled messages that go out each month and special edition message as appropriate. If you have a topic […]

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Heroes and Horses

Heroes and Horses is a Montana-based nonprofit organization that has created an innovative, three-phase reintegration program, which is offered to qualifying combat veterans (at no cost to them) suffering from PTSD. Their program utilizes the remote wilderness of Montana, coupled with human and horse connections, to challenge and inspire personal growth in veterans suffering from […]

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Geriatric Stimulation Training

The Montana Geriatric Education Center (MTGEC) is an interdisciplinary center which provides geriatric education and training for Montana health professionals, higher education faculty, and students, so they might better meet the health needs of the older residents of the state. The Geriatric Simulation training provides empathy lessons to understand the physical challenges older adults face […]

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SOAR

American Indians comprise 6.2% of the population in Montana, but represent about approximately 17% of the motor vehicle crash deaths in the state each year. In an effort to spread the safety message in Tribal communities, Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) developed the Safe On All Roads (SOAR) program. This is a traffic safety education […]

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Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program

The mission of the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MTUPP) is to address the public health crisis caused by the use of all forms of commercial tobacco products. MTUPP will work to eliminate tobacco use, especially among young people, through statewide programs and policies. This program has made significant strides to reduce tobacco use in Montana […]

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American Cancer Society: Relay for Life

    Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer. Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take […]

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Lifestyle Balance (LSB) Diabetes Prevention Program

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the United States has increased from 1.5 million in 1958 to 21 million people in 2012  (DPHHS, 2018). In the state of Montana there are currently about 65,000 adults diagnosed with diabetes. The percent of Montanans diagnosed with diabetes continues to increase over the years.  Data based […]

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