Local Impacts of Global Pandemic: Financial, Social and Medical in Missoula County

The Women Giving Circle of Missoula County 2020 Summer Webinar Series

There is a lot of uncertainty in today’s world and many of us are looking for ways to help. The Women’s Giving Circle of Missoula County has created this summer webinar series so we can better understand the needs of our community and allow us to have a greater impact on our philanthropy. We invite you to join us for some or all of the summer webinar series, which is available to our membership and the public without charge. Please feel free to share this information as widely as possible.


Webinar #1: The COVID-19 economy: Where are we now and where might we be headed?                                               


Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 12:00-12:45                         

Presenter:  Dr. Bryce Ward, co-founder of ABMJ Consulting and research associates at the Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana.

Summary: COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the local economy. In April 2020 Missoula’s unemployment rate was 13.1%, increasing 10 percentage points in the last four months. In order to better understand the impacts of COVID-19 on our economy, we have invited Bryce Ward from ABJM Consulting to talk to us about what are those impacts and what we might see as the economy opens up.


Dr. Bryce Ward

Dr. Bryce Ward is the founder of ABMJ Consulting and a research associate at the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana. He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University and BAs in economics and history from the University of Oregon. He has expertise in urban and regional economics, labor economics, health economics, public finance, social economics, real estate economics, environmental and natural resource economics, and statistics/econometrics.

He taught classes at Harvard University, Lewis and Clark College, the University of Oregon, and Portland State University. He has published dozens of scholarly articles and economic reports, and has provided expert testimony in dozens of court cases and legislative proceedings. His research has been featured in numerous venues including the New York Times, the Associated Press, PBS NewsHour, NPR, and ProPublica.


Webinar #2: The Social and Emotional Impacts of Isolation During COVID-19

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 12:00-12:45                               


Watch Recording Here


Susan Kohler, CEO, Missoula Aging Services

Dr. Tina Barrett, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Tamarack Grief Resource Center


We have never experienced a lockdown on a global level like we are experiencing now. We understand it is for the collective health of our community, but it has also hit some of our neighbors and community members harder than others. To better understand the impact of the isolation and loss, we have invited Susan Kohler from Missoula Aging Services, and Dr. Tina Barrett from Tamarack Grief Resouce Center to talk about the impact on our community and how we can help our families, friends, neighbors, and ourselves.


Susan Kohler

Susan Kohler is the CEO for Missoula Aging Services and has a B.A. in Gerontology with more than three decades of experience in community development and nonprofit management. She joined Missoula Aging Services in 1983 and has served as CEO since 1989. During her career, Senator Max Baucus appointed her twice as a representative to the White House Conferences on Aging. Ms. Kohler has been a presenter at numerous local, regional and national conferences and forums that address issues affecting older adults. In addition, she has served two years as president of the Montana Area Agency on Aging Association and is currently the co-chair to their legislative committee.

Dr. Tina Barrett

Tina Barrett, EdD, LCPC – Co-founder and Executive Director of Tamarack Grief Resource Center, Dr. Tina Barrett, LCPC, has focused on stabilizing, strength-oriented support for trauma survivors and family systems since 1994. Specializing in nature-based grief support, Barrett has facilitated bereavement groups and grief camps since 1996 and offered facilitator training and supervision for over 20 years. Barrett is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) and as a Senior Consultant for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) as well as on the Leadership Team of Project Tomorrow Montana. Barrett received the 2019 Community Educator Award from the Association of Death Educators and Counselors (ADEC).

Webinar #3: The Medical Impacts During COVID-19

Coming Soon!