Making Montana a “Top 10 Healthy State”
Hospitals and health systems are playing greater roles in not only transforming the way care is delivered but working with community partners to improve the health status of those we serve. Across Montana, hospitals are working to advance overall health by collaborating with individuals and organizations to identify unmet regional health care needs and implement plans to meet those needs.
The MHA Montana Health Improvement Initiative (MMHII) recognizes the valuable role of the Association in assisting members with advancing population health by strategically selecting priority areas that can be dramatically improved through state and community partnerships. Utilizing two nationally recognized programs around which to build a framework for assessing health status – (1) America’s Health Rankings, an annual report produced by United Health Foundation, and (2) County Health Rankings, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – MHA will identify and track progress in priority areas using specific data programs and measures.
The overarching goal is to improve the health status of Montanans, which will lead to a healthier and more productive state. Montana is currently ranked 23rd in overall health of its citizens based on the 2015 Annual Report prepared by America’s Health Rankings. The MMHIII will make Montana a “Top 10 Healthy State” that provides opportunities for economic development, business recruitment, a stronger workforce, and access to quality and affordable health care.