Healthy By Design was created in 2006 by members of the Alliance – Billings Clinic, RiverStone Health and St. Vincent Healthcare – to address community-wide health issues.

Work groups tackle health issues

Access

Access to Health Services

We are working to increase the proportion of adults who have a specific source of ongoing care, who have visited a dentist in the past year, and who have health insurance. We want to decrease the proportion of adults who have used the Emergency Department more than once in the past year.

Mental Health

Mental Health

We address health disparities related to mental health and co-occurring disorders. By raising awareness, building skills and sharing mental health resources with the community, we will increase the proportion of adults who say their mental health is good, very good or excellent and reduce the suicide rate.

Wellness

Wellness

We work to encourage and support businesses to incorporate employee health into their culture. Using toolkits, online resources, speaking engagements and other tactics, we will increase the number of businesses adopting healthy worksite wellness policies and programs.

Built Environment/Health Equity

Healthy PLACEs

We want to improve our community’s health by focusing on the places we live, work and play. We are studying the walkability of neighborhoods to promote physical activity and access to resources. We will focus on healthy weight, physical activity and healthy foods.

Communities

Ready Community

Our goal is to decrease the number of children in Yellowstone County who come to school hungry. We want to increase access to healthy, nutritious food to low-income families; increase, the proportion of adults who have a healthy weight, and increase the proportion of adults who eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day.

Healthy Weight

Healthy Weight

Promotes healthy weight by positively influencing physical activity and nutrition

Mental Health

Mental Health/Substance Abuse

Addresses mental health and co-occurring disorders by raising awareness and sharing resources

Access to Care

Access to Care

Increases access to health care and health insurance to produce positive health outcomes

Building a healthier community

Healthy By Design is committed to collaborating with our partners all across the community to improve the quality of life of people who live, learn, work and play here. We are working to increase access to health care, promote healthy weight through diet and physical activity, encourage active living, improve mental health and reduce substance abuse in our community.

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