Headwaters Health Foundation of Western Montana is a newly-formed conversion foundation committed to promoting health and wellness to Western Montanans. Created from the proceeds of the sale of the non-profit Community Medical Center, Headwaters is based in Missoula and has a vision to positively transform the overall health of people in the 15 counties of Western Montana by creating sustainable, system-wide change in healthcare systems and services.  

Headwaters is currently identifying priority program areas. Since last spring, foundation staff have visited with more than 400 stakeholders in Western Montana, which resulted in the identification of seven potential priority areas. Of these seven important areas, we’ve narrowed our focus to two key areas for further exploration: behavioral health and social determinants of health particularly as they relate to children and American Indian populations.

Over the coming months, Headwaters is convening community meetings in all of the counties in our service area to gather more information. We are also inviting responses to this survey so we may use all of these findings, coupled with other research, to determine our program priorities by early 2018. Thank you so much for your time and your responses. 

* 1. To what degree do you think behavioral health (the connections between our health and the state of our mental and emotional well-being) and social determinants of health (the conditions into which people are born including socioeconomic status, education, the physical environment, employment and social support networks) are the right issues for the Foundation to tackle?

* 2. Additional comments?

* 3. What strengths does your community bring to tackling these issues? (Check all that apply.)

* 4. Of the many roles a foundation can play what are the top three you think will most support your community advancing its work in behavioral health and social determinants of health?

* 5. Please share any additional comments below:

* 6. Your name (optional):

* 7. Your email (optional):

* 8. Your organization (optional):

* 10. If different from the county where you live, please identify the county/counties where you work (check all that apply):

* 11. Please add me to the Headwaters Health Foundation mailing list.