State Improvement Grant and the Montana Community Change Project, Final Report - August 2011
This report identifies and analyzes a number of positive outcomes from Montana‘s SPF SIG project and the community-based environmental strategies and actions as a result of the Montana Community Change Project (MTCCP). Project outcomes analyzed in this evaluation are based on a variety of indicators and data sources which document a significant contribution from MTCCP to the problem of alcohol abuse in Montana.
…Regrettably, childrearing practices, like so many other aspects of American Indian culture, have suffered over the past 100 to 150 years as a result of white America’s westward expansion.
Hunger Issues Present Challenges for Families, Workforce, and Economy
An increasing number of people in Montana
are living on the financial edge, where even a small change in a family situation can cause an immediate plunge into poverty. Such changes range from the loss of employment or reduced working hours to illnesses, accidents, or death.
…being accomplished readers is one of the most important markers for future academic and economic success…
Five people are injured or killed each day in Montana because of alcohol-related vehicle crashes. These accidents cost Montanans $621,000 per day and more than half a billion dollars a year in medical costs, lost wages, and lost productivity…
Traffic Safety and Other Findings from Montana Kids Count
Montana has made great inroads in the number of motor vehicle crashes involving drivers who are under 18 over the past several years. Not only has this rate decreased by an impressive 27 percent since 2000, but accidents involving drivers under 18 are constituting a smaller portion of the total number of motor vehicle accidents in the state as well (at 13 percent in 2007, down from 17 percent in 2000)…
This article examines the situation regarding uninsured rates for Montana’s children as well as a cost analyis of expanding health care coverage to uninsured children. The following article appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of the Montana Business Quarterly.