Healthy Communities

Special Olympics Montana   Healthy Communities

-Igniting Change for Inclusive Health-

Special Olympics Health, made possible by the Golisano Foundation, is working to achieve inclusive health for people with intellectual disabilities, leading to equitable access to quality healthcare, education, and service throughout the community.

Our Health Newsletter

Want to know the latest about health at SOMT? Click on the button below to see our most recent newsletter!

Health Messengers

Health Messengers are Special Olympics athletes who have been trained to serve as a health and wellness leader, educator, advocate, and role model within their community and around the state. If you are an athlete and interested in becoming a Health Messenger, give Bill Salonen a call at 406-315-4230. Click on the drop-down below to see SOMT’s current Health Messengers.

Health Messengers

  • Josh Anderson- Great Falls
  • Jamie Darko- Great Falls
  • Jena Lawson- Great Falls
  • Brandy Peterson- Billings
  • Carson Patten- Lewistown
  • Thad Powell- Butte
  • Tanner Davis- Helena
  • Anton Veverka- Richey
  • Alina Miles- Miles City
  • Hilary Benjamin- Missoula
  • Coley Stensgar-Maul- Missoula
  • Jon Hargett- Great Falls

Healthy Athletes

The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program offers free health exams to adults and children with intellectual disabilities. These exams are in the areas of vision (Opening Eyes), physical therapy (Fun Fitness), dental (Special Smiles), audiology (Healthy Hearing), podiatry (Fit Feet), prevention and nutrition (Health Promotion), emotional/mental health (Strong Minds), and free physical exams (MedFest). They are facilitated by trained volunteers, who are professionals in their respective field(s). Click below for a fact sheet about each discipline.

Staying Safe from the Flu and COVID-19

Mask Up!

Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth. Keep your distance of at least 6 feet from others when you can.

Lather Up!

Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer.

Sleeve Up!

Getting a flu shot each year is more important than ever!

Montana 2-1-1

Montana 2-1-1 provides information and connects people to resources for non-emergency needs, via an easy to remember phone number (2-1-1) and a mobile-friendly website ( You can use this website to easily search for your city’s non-profit and government services.

Contact: Bill Salonen – Senior Director of Innovation – – 406-315-4230