What is the Well-Connected Communities Program?

Well-Connected Communities (WCC) nationwide program goal: Communties become healthier through the inclusion and participation of the residents helping each other at all ages.

Coalitions, including youth and adult community leaders, will:

  • Identify community health strengths, challenges, and priorities
  • Develop and implement a community action plan to address a priority health issue
  • Participate in action plan and volunteer leadership training opportunities
  • Receive content and technical support from MSU campus specialists across all content areas and the National Well-Connected Community team

The national Well-Connected Communities program information may be found on the website linked here. 


The Montana WCC project will begin with two communities- the Northern Cheyenne Reservation (Rosebud County) and Deer Lodge County.  If you would like to learn more about local efforts or to be considered for coalition membership, please complete the form below or reach out to community contacts listed on this page.

Project Timeline:

The Montana Well-Connected Communities project began December 1, 2019.  Year one consists of establishment of coalitions, assessing the communities, setting priorities, and choosing strategies.  Year two will involve continuing to work together with coalitions while activating plans and measuring impacts.  Upon completion of the second year, the impacts will be utilized to determine feasibility for expanding the project to other Montana communities.

Project Funding:

The National 4-H Council awarded MSU Extension a sub-grant funding under the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation 2020-2021 Wave 2 Well Connected Communities Initiative funding opportunity to launch a Well-Connected Communities program.