Faculty Profile

Mary Parrish

Mary Parrish

BHWET Program Manager and WMT/AHEC Training Coordination

Email: mary.parrish@mso.umt.edu
Office: Missoula College


Community Health and Prevention Sciences

  • Program Planning and Evaluation (adjunct)
  • Foundations in Community Health Promotion Strategies (adjunct)
  • Community-based Participatory Research Methods (adjunct; co-teaching)


  • Community Health and Prevention Sciences, MS, The University of Montana
  • Anthropology, BA, The University of Chicago

Field of Study

  • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Phenomenological Study of People Living with HIV in Montana (Masters Thesis, 2018)
    • Health Needs Assessment of People Living with HIV in Montana (State DPHHS, 2018)
    • Rural Community Health Assessment for Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD, 2017)


K. Ann Sondag, Andrew G. Johnson, & Mary E. Parrish (2020): School sex educatiopn: Teachers' and young adults' perceptions of relevance for LGBT students, Journal of LGBT Youth. 


  • Agnes M Stoodley Award for Academic Excellence in the Health and Human Performance Department, College of Education, The University of Montana. (Faculty nominated; 2018)
  • Honors in Community Health and Prevention Sciences (UM).
  • Honors in Anthropology (UC).

Specialized Skills

  • Social Science Research
    • Qualitative research methods
    • Community health assessments
    • Program planning and evaluation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Workforce Development related to justice, equity, diveristy, and inclusion through antiracism, identiy and bias training(s)


Professional Experience

  • BHWET Program Manager and Training Coordination, Western Montana AHEC, current.
  • Accreditation and Workforce Development Coordinator, Missoula City-County Health Department,  2018-2021.
    • Public Information Officer, Missoula County COVID-19 Response, 2020.
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Public and Community Health Sciences, The University of Montana, 2019-current. 
  • Prevention with Positives and Harm Reduction Coordinator, Open Aid Alliance, Missoula, MT, 2018.