Helen Russette, MPH
Project Coordinator, Montana Disability and Health Program
University of Montana, Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities

Helen Russette is the Project Coordinator for the Montana Disability and Health Program at the University of Montana (UM), Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities. She received her MPH from UM in 2014 and will continue her academic career at the UM Public Health Doctoral Program beginning in the fall of 2017. Her area of research will focus on health equity in marginalized populations.

Ms. Russette has been involved in disability-related research and program development for the past six years. She completed a fellowship with the Utah Regional Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program in 2014. In her current position, she partnered with Accessibility Ambassadors from the Montana Centers for Independent Living. This collaboration resulted in the implementation of several projects to ensure accessibility to persons with disabilities in multiple settings: Safe and Accessible Routes to School; Community Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics; Inclusive Emergency Shelters; and Mammography Centers.

Ms. Russette is the recipient of several awards in recognition of her community service: Gates Millennium Scholarship; Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award; American Public Health Association Disability Section travel award; and Maureen and Mike Mansfield Public Policy and Leadership Grant. She is a native of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation and enjoys attending its pow-wow celebration each year.