to better health opportunities

Our Staff and Board


The staff and board of Messengers for Health are community members dedicated to serving their families and neighbors. 

Alma Knows His Gun-McCormick
Executive Director

Alma is a member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Indian Tribe and fluently speaks her language. Her compassion for working with cancer stems from her personal experience of losing her daughter to cancer. From 1996-2000 she was the Outreach Coordinator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded Montana Breast and Cervical Health Program. She first conducted outreach education with Apsáalooke Indian women, feeling a breakthrough about the awareness of the importance of the Pap test and mammograms. Later, she provided culturally sensitive education to all Indian women on the seven reservations and in urban Indian clinics in Montana. Alma’s focus has been on health education with the dream of continuing her work with women and men on the Crow reservation. She has fulfilled that dream by being the Executive Director for the Messengers for Health Program. She is a single mother with two sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren.

Suzanne Held
MSU Liaison

Suzanne Held is a Professor in the Department of Health and Human Development and Associate Dean for Research Development for the College of Education, Health and Human Development at Montana State University. She has worked in partnership since 1996 with Alma McCormick and other community members with Messengers for Health.


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. She does this work because she believes in health equality and that equality will happen with everyone walking and working side by side.

Strong Partnership leads to national recognition

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Health Equity Award

Alma McCormick, executive director of Messengers for Health, and Suzanne Held, MSU community health professor have been recognized nationally for their work to promote health equity and social justice through the Messengers for Health program. They received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity Presented by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health.  This award recognizes and celebrates individuals who have successfully changed systems and policies that help reduce health disparities and move the nation toward health equity. Full article...

MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

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Lucille Other Medicine, MSW
Program Assistant

Lucille has a Master's degree in Social Work and has extensive experience in the research arena.

She has worked in mental health, law enforcement and education research. At MSU-Bozeman, she worked with the MAP AIRO PROGRAM, helping to write a successful grant for the students working in the labs.  Elected as legislator for the Crow Tribe Legislative branch, she traveled to Washington DC and met with energy, health and education department to advocate for the Crow Tribe.  She has met with local, state, federal governmental agencies regarding issues and concerns for the Crow Nation.  

Our Board of Directors
  • Carol Goodluck (Chair)

  • Doris Stewart (Vice-Chair)   

  • Lois Rides Horse (Secretary/Treasurer)

  • Jim Real Bird

  • Burdick Two Leggins

  • Alda Goodluck

  • Pam Garza

  • Eleanor Pretty on Top (Deceased/Served as a longstanding Honorary Elder Board Member)

Montana Cancer Coalition honors Alma McCormick

2019 Bette Bohlinger Leadership Award

 “She is being recognized for her exemplary work in health education and health promotion activities that benefit indigenous and non-indigenous communities alike,” said Emily Coyle, co-chair of the MTCC Steering Committee, who nominated McCormick for the award.

Executive Director Receives Award

Alma McCormick is awarded 2017 Local Impact Award by the National Indian Health Board

Alma McCormick, MA

Executive Director adds BA in Community Health as she graduates from MSU Billings

Alma also receives Dr. Frank Newman Rural Healthy Leadership Award from Montana Office of Rural Health & Area Health Education Center at Montana State University.

Executive Director

Alma McCormick visits Cold Harbor Spring Laboratory

While there, Alma performed DNA testing on water samples.

Alma is also a member of Community Partners for Human Genomic Research sponsored by Human Geonomic Research Institute through the National Institute for Health.

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PO Box 940
Crow Agency, MT 59022



Messengers for Health is an Indigenous 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located on the Apsáalooke (Crow) Reservation in Montana. Contributions are tax deductible.