NOTICE:

Public Health

Flu shots recommended for those age 6 months & up

Visit www.cdc.gov/flu for more information on the influenza virus and vaccination facts.

MISSION

To promote, improve and protect the health and well-being of the people of Carbon County. To work with individuals, families and the community through a variety of programs, services and education to prevent and control disease and injury.

GOALS

Prevent
the spread of infection and illness caused by communicable disease through investigation and education.

  • Sexually Transmitted Disease
  • HIV
  • Salmonella
  • MRSA
  • Hepatitis
  • Giardia
  • Others

Protect
the health of communities through immunization services.

  • Infant
  • Children
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Influenza Vaccinations
  • Immunization Records

Promote
maternal and child health through prenatal and postnatal care.

  • Childbirth Classes
  • Education for Pregnant and Post Partum Women
  • Newborn/new Mother Home Visiting
  • Breast Feeding Education

Prepare
for and respond to public health emergencies, including those related to Homeland Security.

  • Emergency Medical Countermeasures
  • Wildfires
  • Flooding
  • Other Natural Disasters

Provide
chronic illness information and support.

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Obesity
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • School Nurse for seven schools throughout Carbon County

Promote
air quality and prevent disease through Tobacco Prevention and Cessation services.

  • Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Programs
  • Promotion of Clean Indoor Air Act
  • Developing Tobacco Free Parks and Outdoor Recreation Areas
  • Promotion and Education for Tobacco Free Schools

Reporting & Contact Studies

State law requires reporting of all communicable diseases to the Public Health Department. Residents with a diagnosed communicable disease receive confidential counseling and education regarding disease treatment and follow-up care from a Public Health Nurse.

For questions about communicable disease, contact:
Roberta Cady, RN
Beartooth Billings Clinic Public Health
(406) 446-9941
9:00am – 5:00pm: Monday – Friday

It’s not too late to Vaccinate

DPHHS Press Release – Increased Influenza Activity


Record Keeping

The State of Montana maintains a database with immunization records of children throughout the state. The Carbon County School Nurse updates and monitors the immunization status of all students attending school in Carbon County and records this information in the State database. The Carbon County Public Health Nurse reviews and monitors the immunization status of all children in registered Daycare Centers in the county. If you have a question about your child’s immunization status, you can contact our office or your primary care physician for assistance.

For a question about immunization status, contact:
Roberta Cady, RN
Beartooth Billings Clinic Public Health
(406) 446-9941
9:00am – 5:00pm: Monday – Friday


Immunization Administration

CDC Immunization Schedules

Immunizations can be administered at the Public Health Office. The cost of immunizations vary according to the vaccine administered and may be billed to your insurance provider. Special programs are available for those without insurance or the resources to pay for immunizations.

Immunizations available through our office include:

Immunization Timing Schedule

Infants & Children

  • MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Polio
  • DTaP (Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis-Whooping Cough)
  • Hib (Haemophilus Influenza Type b)
  • PCV (Pneumoccocal Disease)
  • RV (Rotovirus)
  • Hep B (Hepatitus B)

Pre-Teens & Teens

  • Tdap (Tetanus/Pertussis-Whooping Cough)
  • Hep A (Hepatitis A)
  • Hep B
  • Influenza
  • Menactra (Meningococcal Disease)
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

Adults

  • Hep A
  • Hep B
  • Tdap/Td (Tetanus/Pertussis-Whooping Cough)
  • Influenza
  • HPV *women up to age 26
  • Pneumococcal

To schedule an appointment for an immunization, contact:
Roberta Cady, RN
Beartooth Billings Clinic Public Health
206 N. Broadway – County Annex Building
(406) 446-9941
9:00am – 5:00pm: Monday – Friday


Flu Clinics

Flu clinics are scheduled each year at multiple sites throughout the county at a minimal cost to facilitate convenient access for local residents. Flu clinics are scheduled mid-fall to provide the greatest protection during the height of flu season in our region. Clinic locations and times will be posted when available in the county newspaper, the Beartooth Billings Clinic website, and the Carbon County website.

Mission

The mission of the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MTUPP) is to address the public health crisis caused by the use of all forms of commercial tobacco products. MTUPP will work to eliminate tobacco use, especially among young people, through statewide programs and policies.

Program Goals

The goal of MTUPP is to reduce disease, disability, and death related to tobacco use by:

  • Preventing tobacco use among young people;
  • Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke;
  • Eliminating disparities related to tobacco use and its effects among certain population groups; and
  • Promoting quitting among adults and young people.

Montana Tobacco Quit Line Services

  • A FREE telephone service for all Montanan’s – 1-800-QUIT-NOW
  • A FREE personalized quit plan
  • FREE cessation coaching personalized quit plan
  • 5 FREE pro-active cessation coaching sessions
  • 4 FREE weeks of nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patches or lozenges) if appropriate, for cigarette or smokeless tobacco users
  • Chantix at a reduced cost ($50 co-pay per month for three months)
  • Bupropion at reduced cost ($5 co-pay per month for three months)
  • FREE educational materials for health care providers as well as friends and families of tobacco users
  • A fax referral system for health care providers who have patients that want to quit using tobacco (see provider link)
  • Trained staff that offers culturally appropriate services for American Indians

Montana Quit Line Hours
Monday – Thursday: 7 am – 9 pm
Friday: 7 am – 7 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8 am – 4:30 pm

We have 24-hour voicemail, so please leave us a message. We will call you back!


Clean Indoor Air Act

In 2005, the Montana legislature passed the Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA), one of the most important public health policies in state history. Laws like the CIAA reduce heart attack rates by at least 20 percent. They also reduce lung disease, including lung cancer, as well as other debilitating and fatal illnesses, and they protect unborn children and young children from health problems.
The law requires all enclosed public places and workplaces to be smokefree and it requires businesses to prominently place smokefree signs on all public entrances. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has adopted rules. The health benefits of the law are three-fold:

  • Patrons and workers alike are protected from the deadly health effects of secondhand smoke exposure.
  • More people who smoke will try to quit.
  • Fewer Montana youth will begin smoking.

If you observe a violation of the Clean Indoor Air Act, you can file a complaint by completing an online form or calling 1-866-787-5247.


Montana Smokefree Housing

The Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MTUPP) is promoting comprehensive smokefree policies among Montana public housing authorities and other federal, state, and local rent-restricted, multi-unit housing facilities. Such policies support MTUPP’s mission to improve the health of community members and address the number one cause of preventable disease and death – tobacco use. This project will help achieve MTUPP’s goals of reducing secondhand tobacco smoke exposure in the home among vulnerable, at-risk Montanans, including children and seniors.


Tobacco Free Medical Campus

Hospitals and medical facilities work in many ways to maintain and improve the health of people in their community. Providing an environment for patients, employees, and visitors that promotes and supports healthy lifestyles can help achieve this goal. Policies that create a tobacco-free medical campus contribute to this endeavor by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, encouraging tobacco users to quit, and sending a clear message that the use of tobacco does not support good health.

Beartooth Billings Clinic is a Tobacco Free Campus as of August 31, 2012.


Youth Empowerment

reACT Against Corporate Tobacco is Montana’s youth empowerment movement which encourages teens to educate their peers about the truth and facts of the tobacco industry. It’s education, motivation, and empowerment for Montana teens who choose to fight against corporate tobacco’s deceptive tactics.

reACT recognizes the power of teens’ determination, influence and ability to effect change. reACT focuses that power towards media literacy, peer education, and grassroots advocacy to motivate all Montana teens to fight back against corporate tobacco.

reACT joins statewide youth empowerment movements across the country in taking a stand and speaking, because Montana teens won’t be ‘replacement smokers’ for the tobacco industry.

Visit reACTmt to learn more about who we are and what we do; then take action in your local community.


Resources

For questions about Tobacco Prevention and services contact:
Jean Atherly
Tobacco Prevention Specialist
(406) 860-3825
jatherly@beartoothbillingsclinic.org

Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program Quit Line
1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)