May is Wildfire Awareness Month

May 27, 2015 | Emergency Preparedness, Safety

In Montana, top causes of wildfires change throughout the course of the season: escaped debris and agricultural burns in the spring, escaped or unattended campfires in the summer, and sparks from dragging trailer chains, lawn mowers, chainsaws, or field machinery in the late summer and early fall when grasses are cured and ripe for ignition. […]

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Gallatin City-County Health Department Receives National Accreditation!

May 20, 2015 | Happenings

On May 13th, 2015, Gallatin City-County Health Department became one of 75 health departments in the country to be accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board. The department has been working toward accreditation for over three years. Some of the major requirements for health department accreditation include a Community Health Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan, […]

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The More Tobacco Marketing Kids See, The More Likely They Are To Smoke

Kids who shop in stores with tobacco marketing, such as gas stations and convenience stores, are 64% more likely to start smoking than their friends who don’t. (1) What specifically is going on in these stores to cause this difference in risk? Tobacco companies pay $27.1 Million annually, in Montana alone, (2) to concentrate their […]

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Protect Babies from Whooping Cough – the Tdap Vaccine during Pregnancy

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. Early symptoms of pertussis are a runny nose, no fever, and mild cough. If left untreated, the cough becomes stronger and more frequent and may persist for up to ten weeks. The CDC and […]

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

Hepatitis is an infection that causes inflammation of the liver and if left untreated may lead to cancer of the liver. Unlike Hepatitis A, which does not cause a long-term infection, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections. The most common types of infectious hepatitis in the United States are Hepatitis A, […]

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National Prevention Week

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This week long event is sponsored by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration), an agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to […]

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