Gallatin Local Water Quality District’s, Torie Haraldson

Join us in recognizing Gallatin County’s women in science; working to maintain the health and wellbeing of our community. I am the Water Quality Technician Specialist at the Gallatin Local Water Quality District (GLWQD). I have worked for the District since 2014, and have previous experience in the field of water resources in both the […]

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Ensuring the Right to Health

April 6, 2018 | Healthy Living

By, Meredith Howard Health is not a privilege, it is a fundamental human right. Everyone deserves the opportunity to accessible and affordable health services. Although the U.S. has made strides in public health systems, there is still a long way to go. In a nation of 326 million people, nearly 10% of the population remains […]

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Safety is Infectious!!

As much as we love to pride ourselves on our individuality, we are also humans who admire and follow the example of others. Who admires someone else the most? Our kids! Our kids idolize us and they follow our lead. What they see is what they believe is right and normal. How can we influence […]

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Help to Protect and Maintain a Healthy Planet 


“If you want to learn about the health of a population, look at the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the places where they live.” — Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, in the Fifth Century BC Our environment, both natural and built, greatly impacts our health. The Gallatin City-County Health Department’s (GCCHD) Environmental […]

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Public Health; Working to Prevent Communicable Diseases

When it comes to communicable disease and public health departments, it is not always easy to connect the dots. What happens behind the scenes is more important to protecting your health than you may realize. It is common to think of the health department when it comes to immunizations, but preventing disease is more than […]

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Meet Gallatin City-County Health Department’s Larisa Hammond, RN

March 29, 2018 | Health, Healthy Living

In celebration of Women’s History Month, meet some of the amazing women working hard to ensure the health and welfare of our community. I have been a registered nurse since 2001 and have spent nearly two decades working as a public health nurse, first in Yellowstone County and in my current position. Why does your work […]

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Meet Gallatin City-County Health Department’s, Health Program Specialist, Elizabeth Aghbashian

March 26, 2018 | General, Health, Healthy Living

As a Health Program Specialist, I coordinate the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program for low-income, un-insured and under-insured individuals. I also, coordinate a staff of Spanish-speaking community health workers.  In Spanish, they are called “Promotoras.”  I have been in Public Health for more than 20 years, working at both the local and state levels.  […]

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Celebrate National Reading AND Women’s History Month With These Great Reads

It’s National Reading Month and Women’s History Month! If you are interested in public health, consider checking out some of these books – all written by awesome ladies. Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson Silent Spring began with a “fable for tomorrow” – a true story using a composite of examples drawn from many real communities […]

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Screening Can Save Your Life

Colorectal cancer screening may not be your favorite topic, in fact, it is probably not even on your mind–but it should be. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and not just in people over 50 years old.1 Ten percent of new colon cancer patients are under 50.2 […]

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Now is the perfect time to be through with chew!

February 15, 2018 | Health, Healthy Living, Tobacco Prevention

Whatever you call it — chew, dip, snuff, spit, plug, wad, pinch— it’s not safe. If you are a father, brother, coach or community leader who uses chewing tobacco, you are setting a risky example for youth in your life. Ninety percent of adults who use tobacco started in childhood, and your own tobacco use […]

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