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 Invest Health Awarded $75,000 Technical-Support Grant to Advance Health Equity; Housing Solutions"
Missoula is one of 10 U.S. cities awarded a $75,000 grant and 12 months of technical support from Reinvestment Fund to advance health equity in the city. This reward is a reflection of the shared vision and progress made to develop policies, strategies, and systems with community voice that ensures that all Missoula residents have equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives. The grant will further two principal goals in Missoula: developing financeable housing projects that promote health equity; and advancing and aligning community investment systems to obtain funding for those projects.
About Invest Health Missoula
How does a community align development with health?
Missoula Growth Policy + Missoula Invest Health Assessment = Invest Health
- Focus on low-income neighborhoods and health equity
- Accelerate improvements in neighborhoods facing the biggest barriers to better health
- Work with residents as leaders and experts in what works for health in their neighborhoods
Partnership as Critical to Success
- Bring together diverse leaders
- Transform the way local leaders work together
- Create solution-driven partnerships
Effective Community Systems and Assets
- Increase and leverage private and public investments
This is the third grant in a series provided through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund.
In 2016, Missoula was one of 50 mid-size cities selected from across the nation for an opportunity to work with national leaders and peer communities at the forefront of addressing health equity. 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 Team
The Missoula Invest Health team represents community leaders with diverse relationships and wide influence within the community.
Karen Myers, Director of Mission Leadership.
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.
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.
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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