History

Our History

In the summer 2022, the Montana Community Health Worker Association was founded, building on the momentum initiated by other states across the nation. This movement, which began with a statewide strategic plan in 2015, aimed to bolster the employment and empowerment of CHWs. In 2017, the Montana Office of Rural Health & Area Health Education Center (MORH/AHEC) secured the HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant, which led to the development of a Montana-specific CHW training curriculum. The culmination of these efforts materialized in May 2018 with the launch of the Montana Fundamentals of a Community Health Worker training program.