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National Center for Healthy Housing, Inc.;
The Montana Asthma Home Visiting Program (MAP), offered by the Montana Asthma Control Program (MACP), was designed to address basic asthma pathophysiology and asthma medications, and it has a significant home environmental focus to address asthma triggers. The program includes six contacts (visits or phone calls) with a nurse or respiratory therapist provided over the course of a year. It also includes help identifying potential asthma triggers in the home, custom asthma education, educational resources and referrals to community services (e.g., weatherization services, health insurance), individual help with managing the medical system, free allergen-proof pillow and mattress covers, and free air filters for those with animals or smokers present in the home.
Violence Policy Center;
The U.S. Department of Justice has found that women are far more likely to be the victims of violent crimes committed by intimate partners than men, especially when a weapon is involved. Moreover, women are much more likely to be victimized at home than in any other place.This study provides a stark reminder that domestic violence and guns make a deadly combination. According to reports submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), firearms are rarely used to kill criminals or stop crimes. Instead, they are all too often used to inflict harm on the very people they were intended to protect.
Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED);
The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans' financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future. It assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 130 outcome and policy measures, which describe how well residents are faring and what states are doing to help them build and protect assets. The Scorecard enables states to benchmark their outcomes and policies against other states in five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income, Businesses & Jobs, Housing & Homeownership, Health Care, and Education.
National Congress of American Indians;
A growing number of tribal nations are designing innovative approaches to cultivate the abilities of their citizens to successfully pursue careers that will empower those nations to create the futures they seek. NCAI's Partnership for Tribal Governance (PTG) has embarked on a project that works collaboratively with selected tribal nations to document their innovative approaches and share them with Indian Country. The following presents the story of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes in Montana, the second of four "Innovation Spotlight" case studies that PTG developed as part of this project. The four case studies were followed by a workforce development toolkit for tribal leaders and key decision-makers, which was released in 2018. The toolkit explores common challenges and emerging trends in tribal workforce development, and also presents lessons learned, policy recommendations, and questions to consider for tribal leaders and workforce development practitioners.
This paper analyzes the denial of voting rights for Americans Indian living on the Blackfeet, Crow, Fort Belknap, Northern Cheyenne and Rocky Boy's Reservations in Montana.
Women's Foundation of Montana;
This report aims to provide a snapshot of the status of women in Montana, with a special focus on economics, safety, health, and leadership. Although great strides have been made in the last hundred years, much more remains to be done, as women still fare worse than men, on average, on a variety of measures. With better and more accurate information, it is our hope that we may inspire women and all citizens of Montana to demand fairness and equality in all areas of their lives.
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the Montana Food Bank Network. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2006,conducted for America's Second Harvest (A2H), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 52,000 clients served by the A2H food bank network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 30,000 A2H agencies. The study summarized below focuses mainly on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the A2H network.Key Findings: The A2H system served by the Montana Food Bank Network provides food for anestimated 80,200 different people annually.33% of the members of households served by the Montana Food Bank Networkare children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).57% of client households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among client households with children, 87% are food insecure and 44% areexperiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).60% of clients served by the Montana Food Bank Network report having to choosebetween paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).32% of clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).20% of households served by the Montana Food Bank Network report having atleast one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Montana Food Bank Network included approximately 154 agencies at theadministration of this survey, of which 97 have responded to the agency survey.Of the responding agencies, 79 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, orshelter.30% of pantries, 50% of kitchens, and 26% of shelters are run by faith-basedagencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religiousorganizations (Table 10.6.1).70% of pantries, 49% of kitchens, and 18% of shelters of the Montana Food BankNetwork reported that there had been an increase since 2001 in the number ofclients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for the agencies,accounting for 62% of the food used by pantries, 16% of kitchens' food, and 23%of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).For the Montana Food Bank Network, 90% of pantries, 91% of kitchens, and 68%of shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
Analyzes the potential impact of community growth and the built environment on residents' health, emergency preparedness, nutrition, pedestrian safety and traffic, and physical activity as a way to make health part of the decision-making process.
Indian People's Action;
In recent years, the Billings Police Department and its leadership have been in the news with reports of accusations of police brutality and misconduct. A study conducted by Montana People's Action (mpa) reveals deeper problems within the police department that lead to distrust and fear among residents of certain parts of the city. The study has found that in the Southside neighborhood, the Police Department is known for racial profiling and discrimination, gender discrimination, mistreatment of domestic violence victims, and demeaning treatment of low-income residents. Surveys comparing the sentiments of residents of the Heights and residents of the Southside uncover two sides of the Billings Police Department – one side that serves and protects the wealthier white residents of the city, another that ignores or abuses their poorer neighbors and people of color.
Carbon Tracker Initiative;
The Department of the Interior is required to manage public lands, including the coal, oil, and gas they contain, "to benefit Americans now and in the future." Right now, Interior is beginning to look at how to reform elements of its federal coal program. A new report by the Carbon Tracker Initiative has analyzed the coal program in the context of what it means for our climate, and the conclusion is clear: Interior should make the moratorium on new coal leases permanent.The lands Interior manages include our national parks, which are celebrating their centennial, and which exemplify the idea of managing natural resources for the benefit of both current and future generations. When it comes to fossil energy resources, by contrast, Interior's actions have primarily benefited fossil fuel companies. Now the agency has the chance to change course and get it right. It is becoming abundantly clear that going forward, this means keeping fossil fuels in the ground.Protecting Our Climate Is More Important than Subsidizing CoalEarlier this year Interior Secretary Sally Jewell directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct a systematic review of its coal leasing program, and put a moratorium on new coal leases in the interim – an important step toward improving the management of our fossil fuel resources. The Department has asked for public comment on what should be included in this review by July 28th.A central feature of the review should be to examine the coal program in the context of the climate goal the United States – and more than 170 other countries – adopted in the Paris Agreement to determine what, if any, level of coal production from public lands is compatible with holding global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.NextGen Climate America asked Carbon Tracker to rigorously examine this question. The results are in and the answer is clear: If we are serious about limiting global warming to well below 2ºC, no new federal coal leases will be needed as coal ceases to be a major source of electricity in America. In fact, we have already leased more coal than we can afford to burn.The obvious conclusion is that the coal moratorium needs to be made permanent. For existing and past leases, Interior needs to enforce the law requiring mining companies to contemporaneously reclaim disturbed land to functional pre-mining conditions, and charge royalties that reflect the full social cost of extracting and burning coal rather than leaving it in the ground.