The city of Missoula is proud to have been chosen to participate in the national Invest Health project sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund.
Missoula is one of 50 mid-size cities selected from across the nation for this opportunity. Invest Health brings together partners from health and community development to create innovative ways to support health and well-being in Missoula neighborhoods.
A big thanks to all who attended our "Building a Healthier Missoula: Promoting Health Equity for All" summit! (agenda)
Keynote Presentation by Janna West-Kowalski
Missoula TED Talk: "Invest Health: A Little Data Goes a Long Way"
The Missoula Invest Health Team partnered with neighborhood councils to conduct neighborhood walkabouts in three Missoula neighborhoods, River Road, Franklin to the Fort, and the Northside/Westside Neighborhood. This was an opportunity for the Invest Health Team to see each neighborhood through the eyes of the residents and champions and to learn what it is like to live, work, and play in their neighborhoods.
While walking through portions of the neighborhoods, the Invest Health Team asked a series of question and photographed the experience. The following notes and photo albums are the result of each Neighborhood Walkabout.
This information, coupled with other resources, will help the neighborhoods, champions and Invest Health Team work toward the goal of developing strategies to improve neighborhood health and well-being through transportations, parks, trails, housing, etc.
Kaia has worked in nonprofit administration for more than 15 years, with the past eight in the CDFI industry. She has been a CDFI business lender and portfolio manager, and now works to develop creative financial solutions to meet community needs.
Laval oversees the long-range planning division, which includes working with the community and governing bodies to develop policy and regulations for the built environment that also enhance the character, quality, and wellbeing of Missoula. She most recently managed the community process behind the city’s new growth policy (Our Missoula), which emphasizes holistic planning.
Lisa has worked in community organizing and community health in Bozeman and Missoula, including collaborations around health care, education, and obesity, with a focus on low-income families. Lisa and the health department as a whole frequently act as facilitators for community collaborations. The anchor agency is a PHAB-accredited local health department that contains the community's FQHC.
Susan has been in her position since 2006 and has led nonprofits for 35 years. Her experience includes operating an independent consulting business, executive director of a national foundation, and deputy director of Feeding America.