National Suicide Prevention Week

September 7th – 13th is National Suicide Prevention Week and September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. In the United States alone, over 38,000 people die each year by suicide—that’s more than the number of deaths due to motor vehicle accidents—making suicide the #1 injury-related cause of death. Let’s also not forget the number of […]

Continue Reading

National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day is observed annually on June 27th to encourage people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.” Richard Opper, Director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services wants Montanans to learn the basics and know the facts about HIV: “There are Montanans are living with HIV, but […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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, […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

May is Mental Health Month

For over 65 years, Mental Health America has recognized May as Mental Health Month, with the goals of building public recognition about the importance of mental health to overall health and wellness; informing people of the ways that the mind and body interact with each other; and providing tips and tools for taking positive actions […]

Continue Reading

Mud Season and National Nutrition Month

March in Montana is known as “mud season”- that time of transition when the frozen soil thaws and prepares for the renewal of spring. March is also the time WIC at the GCCHD celebrates National Nutrition Month®. What a great time of year for our families to “bite into a healthy lifestyle” and in due […]

Continue Reading

Colorectal Cancer Awareness: Don’t take advice from Homer Simpson

March is colorectal cancer awareness month. One of the latest victims of this common disease was the co-creator of “The Simpson’s,” Sam Simon, who succumbed March 8, 2015 after a courageous 4 year battle against colon cancer.  But his created character Homer Simpson said, “Just because I don’t care doesn’t mean I don’t understand.”  Here’s […]

Continue Reading

Spring Break and Gonorrhea (GC)

Spring Break should be a fun respite from the stress of college. It’s a time to relax with your friends and unwind from a hard semester of studying, but it’s also time to continue making smart choices. According to a study published in the Journal of American College Health1, the average male reported consuming 18 […]

Continue Reading

Love Life? Eat well, exercise, get screened.

February 3, 2015 | Cancer Screening, Health, Women's Health

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. All month long we have the opportunity to pay special attention and to do right for our bodies, and making sure our friends and family does the same. Many cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices like not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping […]

Continue Reading