Health & Wellness

Sep 28, 2011 1:56 PM by Marnee Banks (Helena)

Proposals wanted for "Healthy, Educated Workforce for Montana" initiative

The Foundation for a Healthy Montana is working toward finalizing its "Healthy, Educated Workforce for Montana" initiative and has issued a Request for Proposals to applicants who are able to develop effective strategies and programs that will help meet the goals of the initiative.

The Foundation hosted a Healthy, Educated Workforce Summit in May of healthcare and education leaders from throughout Montana. The objective of the Summit was to identify strategies that will help achieve significant progress toward ensuring that Montana has a healthy and educated workforce in the future.

Summit participants identified several objectives to work toward:

1. A statewide shift in Montana's culture must occur in order to help focus individuals, employers and institutions throughout the state on fostering more healthy lifestyles and prioritizing health within families, communities, schools and all aspects of life.

2. The resources of Montana's education system must be leveraged to help promote healthy lifestyles and health care education throughout Montana.

3. Montanan's education system must have continued improvement, from K-12 and throughout higher education, including four-year, two-year and vocational education.

Foundation officials state that a winning proposal will include, but is not limited to, the following:

Significant partnerships among existing or new private sector, public sector, the charitable non-profit sector and private foundations, with an emphasis on leveraging already successful infrastructures and entities with shared missions;

A focus on leveraging new technologies, social media and innovative techniques to reach younger and future generation Montanans; and,

Capability to reach on a grassroots level, statewide to all 56 counties of Montana and seven Native American reservations, ensuring that cultural and geographic differences throughout the State are taken into account.

Charitable non-profit (501c3) applicants are encouraged to provide a summary of the strategic program they propose that will achieve the objectives of The Healthy, Educated Workforce for Montana Initiative.

Proposal summaries should be 15 pages or less and submitted to Tim Warner, the executive director of Foundation for a Healthy Montana, at tim_warner@bcbsmt.com.

The deadline for responses is Wednesday, October 26, 2011.