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
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 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.
Lucille Other Medicine, MSW
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
Eleanor Pretty on Top (Deceased/Served as a longstanding Honorary Elder Board Member)