What We Do

Healthy By Design is committed to collaborating with our partners across the community to improve the quality of life for people who live, learn, work and play in Yellowstone County. We are working to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Through policy, system, and environmental change we hope to collectively impact Yellowstone County resident’s physical, behavioral, and social well-being. We are currently leading collective efforts related to physical activity, nutrition, and healthy weight.

Among Our Many Accomplishments:

2017 — A successful 6th annual Gardeners’ Market completed

2017 — Community Health Improvement grant received from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services to pilot Parks Rx

2017 — Complete Streets Progress Report published

2017 — FreshLo Implementation grant received from the Kresge Foundation to advance healthy neighborhood project work

2017 — Received grant from DPHHS to support Park Rx pilot

2017 — Recognized for collaboration and CHNA process by Health Resources in Action, a research site visit was conducted leading to a written case study

2017 — Selected as a community health improvement plan case study site by Health Resources in Action

2016-17 — Community Health Needs Assessment Completed, CHIP authored (same as 2013-14)

2016 — Farmer’s Market Promotion Program grant received

2016 — Kresge Foundation grant received to focus on food security, culture and art on Billings’ south side

2016 — Billings Complete Street Policy readopted

2015 — Received funding to work on identifying the characteristics of shared high utilizing patients

2014 — Received DESTRESS funding for mental health priority and trauma-informed care

2013-14 — Completed CHNA, Community Health Improvement Plan authored

2013-14 — Accepted as a National Leadership Academy of Public Health (NLAPH) team

2012 — Farmers Market Program grant received

2011 — Created Gardeners’ Market to promote healthy lifestyle

2011 — Billings Complete Streets Policy adopted

2010 — CHNA completed, developed “PITCH”, revised to Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

2009 — Healthy By Design Recognition program rolled out

2009 — Awarded one of 10 ACHIEVE healthy community grants given in U.S.

2008 — Community Health component adopted into City-County Growth Policy

2007 — Developed inaugural Plan to Improve the Community’s Health (PITCH)

2006 — Completed First Community Health Needs Assessment

Want to see more? Download our accomplishment summaries.

Summary of Accomplishments to date

Summary of Accomplishments 2013-2017

Summary of Accomplishments 2010-2012

Summary of Accomplishments 2008-2009


Billings Clinic
RiverStone Health
St. Vincent Healthcare