Tannis Hargrove

Project Director

Tannis Hargrove resides in Missoula, Montana and works as a Project Director at the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural), part of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana. She has worked on a variety of diverse projects since she started at the RTC:Rural in 2011.

Tannis received her BS in Sociology from Montana State University and an MS in Health Promotion from the University of Montana. Tannis is passionate about serving rural communities, and health promotion and enjoys spending time outside with her dogs Tater & Phoebe.



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Current Projects

Healthy Community Living (lead)

Healthy Community LivingHealthy Community Living is a project to develop a multi-media health promotion program to improve people’s health and wellbeing that provides support, health promotion, education and opportunities for people with disabilities to succeed in reaching personal goals. It includes multiple curricula that blend in-person program delivery with online social engagement and website materials.


 Partners for Healthy Community Living (lead)

partners for healthy community living logoPartners for Healthy Community Living seeks to get consumers with disabilities, many of whom face great challenges due to reduction in community access, connected to peer support, health promotion, and other resources remotely during this uncertain time of COVID.


 Living Well in the Community App (lead)

Living Well in the Community (LWC) is a health promotion program within the Healthy Community Living set of programs developed by the RTC:Rural. This program is typically conducted with groups of consumers either online or in person using multimedia content that is online. To increase the availability of the LWC online content, we are using funding from the App Factory grant to the Shepherd Center (90DPHF0004) to make all program content available in an app that participants can use. Some people may use the app to support their learning in the LWC class while others may choose to work through the content on the app on their own.


Project CONNECT: Online peer support to reduce social isolation (lead)

Project CONNECT logoProject CONNECT will develop an online curriculum that community-based agencies can use to help people with disabilities living in the community develop social networks to reduce social isolation and loneliness, which causes increased health risks and has been made more severe by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.