In Our Community

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is conducting a community health assessment. Updates about the process and findings will be available here – check back for updates!

2023-2024 Community Health Assessment

The Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan involve a collaborative process to identify and address issues related to health and wellbeing in Gallatin County. The Community Health Assessment is a systematic, data-driven approach to determining health status, behaviors, and needs of residents in Gallatin County. Information from this assessment is used to inform decisions and guide efforts to improve community health and wellness.

In this process, we look at key questions such as:

  • What are the strengths of our communities?
  • What health concerns do county residents have?
  • What are the emerging health issues in the county?
  • What other resources are needed to address these concerns?

Community Health Assessment Details:

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May 2024 Update

March 2024 Update

January 2024 Update

November 2023 Update

September 2023 Update

  • Behavioral health has been a priority area for Gallatin County as identified in multiple CHA/CHIP cycles, and it persisted as a priority area in the 2018 Community Health Assessment. This topic was highlighted as a community priority in the subsequent 2019 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Elevating Behavioral Health was a committee that formed in the community to coordinate efforts to address behavioral health for Gallatin County residents. That steering committee went on to develop further into a community coalition, Gallatin Behavioral Health Coalition (GBHC), that pulls together community organizations active in the behavioral health space to collaborate on structured community improvement efforts.
  • The Gallatin Behavioral Health Coalition work continues to be active and impactful in the community. The health department has had consistent representation and participation in this coalition over the years demonstrating a strong partnership and commitment to working together toward improvements.
  • The Gallatin Behavioral Health Coalition has worked with a local research firm to develop a dashboard that provides a publicly available source of behavioral health community data. The data provide a wide-angle view of the complex network of factors that exist in a community to describe what is happening in behavioral health – from crisis call receiving to emergency medical services incidents and referrals from university student health services to behavioral health services.
  • The dashboard provides information that is updated regularly and validated by a group of professionals in the community. The dashboard seeks to strike the balance between providing information on issues that are at a crisis-level in the community without inciting misinformation. Rather, using information as power, the data provide critical information about ongoing efforts to work toward community-driven improvements in the behavioral health priority area.
  • In addition to dashboard files such as the most recently available version [found here], the most up-to-date place for information about the Gallatin Behavioral Health Coalition and the data it reports is available here: https://gallatincomt.virtualtownhall.net/gallatin-behavioral-health-coalition
  • The Gallatin Behavioral Health Coalition dashboard and link to its own Gallatin County webpage demonstrates that these efforts are an addendum to the Community Health Assessment that provide additional data on a community priority area.

The 2017 Community Health Needs Assessment data highlighted disparities between Hispanic/Latino community members and non-Hispanic/Latino white community members. Further, chronic disease was identified as a priority area in the 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment. The Hispanic and Latino Health Needs Assessment was an effort initiated by the Chronic Disease team at the Gallatin City-County Health Department to increase the understanding of the intersection of these two dimensions: chronic disease as a priority area and disparities experienced by Hispanic and Latino individuals in Gallatin County. The data collection took place in the summer and fall of 2019, and the report was finalized in 2020. This effort and associated report are an addendum to the Community Health Assessment to highlight this additional inquiry into a priority issue for a population facing disparities in our community.

Hispanic and Latino Health Needs Assessment 2020 Addendum

The following reports are Community Health Needs Assessments and Community Health Assessments conducted over the past years. Community Health Needs Assessments are large-scale data collection efforts, typically conducted in partnership with the local health care system. Community Health Assessments are developed by the health department in conjunction with a broad range of local partners. These reports paint comprehensive pictures of health in our community.

Community Health Improvement Plan

This report, based on the findings of the Community Health Assessment, highlights strategic issues that Gallatin County communities are addressing. Check out the following document, which outlines the strategies that community groups and stakeholders are working on together in order to improve health and wellbeing in Gallatin County.

State Health Improvement Plan

Montana’s State Health Improvement Coalition spearheads the completion of a State Health Improvement Plan every five years, following the completion of a State Health Assessment. Similar to the Community Health Improvement Plan, the State Health Improvement Plan outlines strategies to improve the health of all Montanans. Priority areas for the State Health Improvement Plan include:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Self-Management
  • Motor Vehicle Crashes
  • Healthy Mothers, Babies, and Youth
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences

Information on the State Health Improvement Coalition, State Health Assessment, and State Health Improvement Plan can be found here: Healthier Montana

Additional Resources:

The Bozeman School District has many resources for community engagement and outreach.