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Suzanne Held, PhD

Suzanne Held


Community Health

318A Herrick Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540

Suzanne Held, PhD, received her doctorate in Health Education and Health Behavior from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has worked since 1996 as a non-Indigenous partner with community members from Montana’s tribal nations on projects that use community-based participatory research approaches. This includes a partnership with the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation, Messengers for Health, which has received funding to work in the areas of women’s health, cultural competency for health care providers, and chronic illness management. She has received funding from a variety of sources including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities and National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Her research interests are to work in partnership with communities to establish trust, share power, foster co-learning, and examine and address community-identified needs and health issues using strengths-based approaches. 

Programs and Research Projects

Specialties and Interests

  • Community-based participatory research
  • Social indicators of health
  • Native American health
  • Women's health
  • Community development
  • Social justice