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Montana Rural Health Initiative Newsletter
VOLUME XIV: December 2012
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Program Spotlight
RHI Webinars
Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Events
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MT Rural Health Initiative
PO Box 170520
Bozeman, MT 59717 

Phone: 406.994.5310

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 Food Access Map
Montana Food Access Map now available! 

RHI added the Montana Food Access Map to the website, which can be found 
here, or by pasting this link into your browser: 
The map is the work of Robin Mochi from the Nutrition and Physical Activity Program (NAPA) and it pinpoints the locations of grocery stores, convenience  stores, and school gardens as well as the availability of public transportation. According to Healthy People 2020, the 10-year national plan of science-based objectives to improve the health of all Americans, "Access to and availability of healthier foods can help people follow healthful diets." Healthful diets can reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and overweight/obesity. Check out this new and exciting resource on the RHI site today! 
Program Spotlight
Montana Complete Streets Toolkit  

The Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program, in partnership with Montana DPHHS and Alta Planning and Design, has recently completed the Montana Complete Streets Toolkit for Cities, Small Towns and Tribal Communities. DPHHS, NAPA, and Alta

The purpose of this toolkit is to: 1) explain what is meant by a Complete Streets approach to designing and building a transportation network; 2) share the benefits of Complete Streets; 3) identify the various elements that make streets truly "complete" and describe the needed amenities to accommodate users of Montana's roadways and 4) share innovative ways in which Montana's cities, small towns and tribal communities are already working to complete their streets. This document will provide a resource to engineers, planners, elected officials, and residents who desire safe and efficient facilities for bicycling, walking and transit within their communities. This toolkit is organized into three sections: Planning Guidance, Case Studies in Montana communities, and Design Guidance.


To view the toolkit, follow this link:


RHI Webinars
2014 Excellence in Worksite Health Promotion
Awards Criteria
Wednesday, December 5 @ 12pm 
Presented by Tabatha Elsberry and Linda Krantz 

Shape Up Montana
Thursday, January 10 
Presented by Karen Sanford-Gall and Suzie Eades 

more information coming soon!
Recordings and slides of past webinars
are available
Funding Opportunities
Let's Get Kids Cooking Mini-Grant Program 

Agency: Montana Team Nutrition Program 

Deadline: January 7, 2013  


Public Health Services and  

Systems Research Grant


Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
December 18, 2012 (brief proposals)

The complete RFP can be found here:



Upcoming Events
December 6, 2-3pm - New Funding, New Players, New Game 101: Why Build Safe Routes to School into Regional Governments
Regional Governments have the power to significantly impact active transportation in your community. Understanding Metropolitan Planning Organizations, especially with the new MAP-21 funding, is critical to keeping Safe Routes to School at the forefront. Join us for part one in this series, to learn how an MPO operates and what you'll need to know to build Safe Routes to School into your regional game plan.

January 1 - Shape Up Montana Registration begins

Shape Up Montana is a fun, interactive three-month team competition that encourages Montanans to develop healthy physical activity and eating habits. The teams are made up of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 people.

Since 2002, over 46,000 Montanans have logged more than 10 million activity miles and shed 85,848 pounds!


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