Missoula Invest Health



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.


Invest Health Peer to Peer Exchange Collaborative Grant

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On May 14 and 15, 2018, Missoula Invest Health Team hosted other Invest Health cities Eau Claire, WI and Iowa City, IA. The event started with a meeting with Mayor Engen.

The events included an active transportation discussion (PDF) with the Broader Impact Group, an evening of housing presentations (Iowa City (PDF), Eau Claire (PDF)) and discussion, a community health conversation (PDF), and a neighborhood Walkabout (PDF).

Also, see the list of activities (PDF) and Exchange Profile (PDF).

Contact Lisa Beczkiewicz (258-3389) for questions or details.

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Healthy Neighborhood Walkabouts

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.

Invest Health Team

Invest Health Team Page

The Missoula Invest Health team represents community leaders with diverse relationships and wide influence within the community.


Karen Myers, Director of Mission Leadership.

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Kaia Peterson, Neighbor Works Montana, Assistant Director.

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 Means, City of Missoula Development Services, Planning Services Manager.

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.

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Lisa Beczkiewicz, Missoula City-County Health Department, Health Promotion Supervisor.

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 Hay Patrick, United Way of Missoula County, CEO. 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.

Missoula Invest Health Team at November Summit



Reinvestment Fund is a catalyst for change in low-income communities. They integrate data, policy and strategic investments to improve the quality of life in low-income neighborhoods. Using analytical and financial tools, they bring high-quality grocery stores, affordable housing, schools and health centers to the communities that need better access—creating anchors that attract investment over the long term and help families lead healthier, more productive lives.
Learn more at Reinvestment Fund.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked for more than 40 years to improve health and health care. They strive to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come.
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