Participate in A Healthier Montana

Many states have a State Health Assessment and Improvement Plan and implementation looks different in every state. Explore the opportunities below to learn more about how you can get involved, and reach out to the State Health Improvement Coordinator for:

  1. A presentation to your organization or program about the SHIP and how it could be incorporated into your work,
  2. Support aligning your organization's or program's goals and strategies with Montana's shared health priorities to actively participate in improving the health of your community, or 
  3. Help contacting your local or tribal health department to learn if they have a Community Health Assessment (CHA) or Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and volunteer to participate.
The Public Health System Improvement Office (PHSIO) often offers grants to support CHAs, CHIPs, strategic plans, and other similar efforts informed by public health accreditation standards and measures. The PHSIO shares these and other opportunities on the Building Healthy Systems webpage.


Sign up to receive regular newsletters with updates on State Health Improvement Plan implementation and partner efforts. Past newsletters are shared below and contain updates from partners, summaries of meetings, and recent research related to topics in the SHIP.

Data presentations from partners

September 24, 2021: The UnProcessed Pantry Project (UP3) with Dr. Carmen Byker Shanks, Montana State University

August 27, 2021: Evaluating Disparities in Access to Obstetric Services for American Indian Women Across Montana with Dr. Maggie Thorsen, Montana State University

June 25, 2021: Baseline Assessment of Suicide Intervention Strategies in Montana with Dr. Nathan Munn, Helena College

April 23, 2021Montana Children’s Health Data Partnership Project with Brie MacLaurin, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies

March 19, 2021Climate and Health in Montana: An Opportunity for Cooperation with Drs. Lori and Robert Byron, Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate

February 26, 2021Connecting Data Resources to Montana Communities with Nick Holom, Economist, Department of Labor and Industry

January 15, 2021Essential Child Care Needs During COVID-19 and Beyond with Meghan Ballenger, Montana Childcare Resource and Referral Network

December 18, 2020The Impact of COVID-19 on Health Behaviors in Montana with Dr. Michelle Grocke, Montana State University

October 23, 2020: The Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security in Montana with Dr. Carmen Byker Shanks, Montana State University