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.