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Montana Rural Health Initiative Newsletter
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MT Rural Health Initiative
PO Box 170520
Bozeman, MT 59717 

Phone: 406.994.5310

The RHI Quarterly Newsletter is designed to provide relevant communication while encouraging networking and collaboration. Thank you for being part of our network and encouraging health and wellness. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.


RHI Staff 
RHI News
Montana Rural Health Initiative, in collaboration with the Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity (NAPA) Program and Montana Office of Rural Health and AHEC, applied for a CDC Community Transformation Grant (CTG) at the end of July. Grant recipients will be received in September 2012.
The CTG Small Communities Program supports key evidence-based program, policy, and infrastructure to achieve demonstrated progress in one or more the following five outcome measures outlined in the Affordable Care Act: 1) changes in weight, 2) changes in proper nutrition, 3) changes in physical activity, 4) changes in tobacco use prevalence, and 5) changes in emotional well-being and overall mental health.  


All of us at RHI would like to send a big thank you to our supporters, especially to those of you who wrote letters of support during this grant application process. 
Program Spotlight
Glasgow Community Garden  
  Glasgow Community Garden

The Glasgow Community Garden was a 2011 RHI Incubator Mini-grant recipient. MSU Extension-Valley County has teamed up with Milk River Activity Center (MRAC) and the Senior Citizen's Center to build a community garden that provides an educational opportunity for developmentally disabled individuals and gives them a better understanding of nutrition and healthy eating.


 Check out Glasgow Community Garden's full online profile on RHI's website at:


Funding Opportunities
Kate B Reynolds logo  
Kate B. Reynolds $25,000 Rural Health Award 
Deadline: begins accepting applications September 1, 2012
To download the award overview, click here.


Do you have an idea for improving health in rural communities? The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, based in North Carolina, recently announced the "Innovations in Rural Health Award" and is seeking ideas to address rural health care challenges. Up to three winners will receive a $25,000 New Rural Award for their innovative and inspiring ideas. Any individual or organization from across the U.S. is welcome to apply. Learn more about the Award and how to apply on the Trust's website.





  CVS logo  
CVS Community Grants
Deadline: October 31, 2012
For more information, click here


To ensure a positive impact, the Community Grants Program focus on inclusive programs and programs for children with disabilities under age 21; academic and enrichment programs at public schools; and programs that provide access to quality health care services and health education for at risk and underserved populations of all ages. Qualifying organizations are eligible for grants up to $5,000. Keep in mind, applying organizations must be serving communities where CVS Caremark has a business present.


 Apply online at 



Upcoming Events
September 29 - Childhood Obesity Summit, Missoula
Let's Move Missoula   

Explore the many factors of childhood obesity and how, as parents, school personnel and community members, we can address them.  Experts from around the country will lead the discussion and help commit to solutions. Every possible solution will be on the table. View the agenda and register to secure your spot at the summit today!   

October 2 & 3 - MPHA-MEHA Annual Conference, Butte
  MEHA-MPHA 2012
Montana Public Health Association (MPHA) and Montana Environmental Health Association (MEHA) are holding their combined annual conference and meeting at the Copper King Inn in Butte this year.

Click here for registration information.
November 15 - National Rural Health Day, Nationwide
November 11-17 - National Rural Health Week 
National Rural Health Day   
November 15, 2012 is National Rural Health Day! The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), and our partners invite you to join us November 11-17 as we showcase Rural America. We will also highlight the efforts of SORHs and others in addressing the unique healthcare needs of rural communities. More importantly, we want you to be part of the celebration!


Visit the "Celebrate Power of Rural" website to learn more about activities and ideas to get involved during National Rural Health Day as well as National Rural Health Week!


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