Profile of the Week: District 2 Alcohol and Drug Prevention Coalition

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The prevention programs at District 2 Alcohol and Drug are primarily focused towards underage substance abuse and misuse.  Currently, they are working on underage drinking prevention ages 12-20, underage drinking and driving ages 12-20, and prescription drug abuse and misuse ages 12-25. They also work with communities to create policies for liquor license holders and teach Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service classes to help reduce the retail access of alcohol to underage youth.

Both Dawson and McCone County have received the Partners for Success grants, allowing prevention staff to work on underage drinking, underage drinking and driving, and prescription drug abuse and misuse in the counties. This allows  students, parents, and community members tools and resources that answer the questions how and why when it comes to underage drinking prevention. District 2 Alcohol and Drug Prevention program works closely with two coalitions in Dawson County: the Dawson County DUI Task Force and the Dawson County Healthy Communities Coalition. They provide prevention resources and insights, and allow input from community members towards the problem of underage drinking in the community. In McCone County, the coalition partner is the McCone County DUI Task Force.

Both counties have had law enforcement participate in doing Party Patrols, DUI Patrols, and Sobriety Foot Patrols. Both counties have also implemented a “Sticker Shock” campaign. Prevention staff created a logo to help remind members of the community who are of legal drinking age not to buy alcohol for minors. The signs were made into window clings, shelf talkers, and post cards, and posted on beer coolers, shelves, and on counters in convenient stores and grocery stores. Both counties received overwhelming support from their communities.  We use the Montana Prevention Needs Assessment that is administered in the schools each even year as the data to evaluate the needs of each county, and our progress. Media has also been a huge factor within their campaign from media ads and billboards in Dawson County, and media ads in McCone County. Active members of prevention for Dawson County include members from each of the coalitions, schools, and retailers. In McCone County, active members include those of the DUI task force, the county health nurse, and the superintendent of the schools. The Prevention Specialist’s in both counties have been working with the schools and providing the resources necessary for prevention education.

Their goal is to educate both counties to the best of their ability about the dangers of underage drinking, underage drinking and driving, and prescription drug abuse and misuse.

Contact Nicole Hackley or Melissa Kostelecky at 406-433-4097 for more information about the District II alcohol & Drug Coalition!

See if your county is involved in the Montana Prevention Coalition from Boyd Andrew Community Services, here!

Phillips County Coalition for Healthy Choices



The Phillips County Coalition for Healthy Choices is a prevention and education group formed in Malta, Montana. The Coalition for Healthy Choices focuses on underage drinking, drinking and driving, tobacco use, and drug abuse.  The coalition was formed in 1999 and has been continuously accepting grants to further education throughout their county. A series of drunk driving accidents sparked the need to come together and form a coalition in order to protect their community.

The Partners for Success Grant, which provides $281,150 over the next five years, allows the Coalition for Healthy Choices to focus on underage drinking, drinking and driving, and prescription drug abuse and misuse in people ages 12-to-25. The coalition distributed a survey in the spring of 2014 with area school’s students in grades eight, ten, and twelve as well as a voluntary option for students in grades seven, nine, and eleven. The survey was designed to assess adolescent substance abuse, anti-social behavior, and the risk and protective factors that predict these adolescent problems and behaviors. The total number of students who participated in the 2014 survey in Phillips County was 96. Eighth grade students in Phillips County at the time of the survey stated that, in their lifetime, 41.7-percent of them have had more than a few sips of alcohol and tenth grade students who had more than a sip are 61.8-percent.

The coalition uses their resources to tailor the most effective route for change in Phillips County. Through survey methods and identifying the community needs, the coalition is able to do their best to create a healthier and more safe Phillips County.

Learn more here!

Colstrip Parks and Recreation District


The Colstrip Community Center’s purpose is to help, serve, and improve the quality of life in Colstrip, Montana. The Colstrip Community Center fitness facilities get more use than any other facility in the park district. They try to keep up the best and safest equipment available for their countless users. In addition, they have a multitude of classes with all skill levels and well trained staff eager to assist users with goals for improving their health.

The Colstrip Community Center offers numerous health resources for all ages. The center offers adult fitness classes including zumba, yoga, spin, and many more. The center also provides health options for children including an open gym, fitness classes, an afterschool program, and a breakfast program. The Breakfast Club is open every morning that school is in session and provides a fun, safe place for children to be before school begins.  Breakfast is available on site through the school lunch program.  While at the program, children may receive help with homework, spend time playing games, or participate in other fun, supervised activities.

The Colstrip Park and Recreation district is also starting the 2017 Meltdown. The Meltdown is a weight loss program that provides incentives to lose weight and keep it off. Each week participants are given goals to attain in order to receive a plethora of fun prizes. This incentive program is set up not as a contest to see who can lose the most amount of weight, but who can lose it through lifestyle, eating, and exercise changes.



Learn more here!

Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Wellness Program

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The Fort Peck Tribes have taken the lead to promote the health of their people. In 2003, they created the Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (HP/DP) Wellness Program, a tribally operated, locally controlled initiative whose mission is to restore the traditional values of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and help their communities return to a healthier lifestyle. The program increases access to mental, physical, and spiritual health resources by focusing on the health of their communities and the prevention of disease and illness. Each initiative supported through the Wellness Program looks to their past for the values and traditions that will provide a healthy lifestyle and place to live in the present.

For many years, outside entities have developed health related programs and services within their communities that have proved ineffective and unsustainable. The HP/DP Wellness Program originated from within the community and every aspect of the program from the leadership, to the funding sources, to the methods employed, support the sovereignty, and inherent dignity of their people. This program is the product of the Fort Peck Tribes taking the initiative to solve their own health problems with their own ingenuity and resources while utilizing their unique structures for sovereign tribal governance. The program capitalizes on the ability of the tribe to provide its own health services, independent of the Indian Health Services and capture reimbursement at the all-inclusive rate for Medicaid, which allows the program to provide services free of charge to tribal members regardless of insurance status.

One of the many aspects of the HP/DP Wellness Program is the Elders Involved Initiative. Many of the issues faced by the Fort Peck Tribe are directly related to the decline of traditional and cultural values. Elders from each of the Fort Peck communities were asked to help the tribes address issues such as substance abuse, tobacco, injury and violence, diabetes, environmental quality, nutrition, obesity and physical activity and exercise, responsible behavior and traditional healing.

The Elders felt it was their responsibility to inform the community about the importance of these issues, and to take an active role in addressing them. Consequently they sponsored a series of monthly meetings to address health topics. They continue to provide guidance to the Tribal membership particularly the youth, in defining a value system that will lead to a healthier lifestyle and a more productive tribe, and have expressed their desire to be included in other tribal efforts to address these critical health issues. The values identified by Local Elders are: responsibility, respect, prayer, discipline, compassion, love, trust, sharing, honesty, and everyone raises a child. Five Elders have made a commitment to working with youth in the schools next year to model and reinforce the importance of these values. The Elders will enhance knowledge about healthy diets, the importance of physical activity, and the negative impact of smoking tobacco for the youth.


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The Healthy Teton County Coalition


The Healthy Teton County Coalition began in October 2013, when several concerned community members got together and brainstormed how business, organizations, and individuals living and working in Teton County could get together and advocate for healthier lifestyles.

There are already a good number of resources available in Teton County that promote healthy living, and the Coalition strives to serve as a network for those resources, making them more accessible to its residents. The coalition has advocated for healthier lifestyles by promoting local fun runs and putting on a local bike fair with Benefis. The bike fair was able to provide free helmets and bike safety education to 3rd graders in Teton County. The Healthy Teton County Coalition is open to anyone and everyone who is investing in making Teton County a happier, healthier place to live.


To promote healthy living among residents of Teton County through community-wide collaboration and communication.


The Healthy Teton County Coalition is a united effort to improve the quality of life and health of residents of Teton County.

1. Focus on a community-wide network and effective communication that will improve access to existing resources in Teton County
2. Periodically assess the health status and needs of individuals living in Teton County.
3. Identify and prioritize shared objectives that will improve the health of Teton County residents, including long-term systems level change and short-term high impact projects.
4. Establish local partnerships and community problem solving capacity that will address the prioritized objectives.


Contact Melissa Moyer at 406-466-2562/ for more information


Learn more here!

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Edible Schoolyard Project Boulder, MT


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October is farm to school month which recognizes the importance of having fresh fruits and vegetables and, in turn, supporting local farms.  The aim of The Edible Schoolyard Project is to use outdoor and greenhouse agricultural gardening for the classroom and community as a means for education. In school, cross-curricular education as well as adult education can offer local families with tools to help them produce their own food, learn about local food networks, and provide educational opportunities including nutrition and healthy lifestyles. For the past 10 years, Boulder Elementary School’s 21st century afterschool and summer school programs have used gardening as a means to educate our students and community.

Boulder’s 21st century garden program started as a service project to help local elders with their gardens. The program has flourished and includes year-round garden education allowing students to follow the garden in a full circle.

During the afterschool program, the youth plan and prepare the garden beds then plant seeds indoors in spring. The students transplant seedlings, care for the garden, and harvest throughout the 8-week Summer Program. Harvesting and preserving continues into the fall. A fall harvest festival follows to celebrate the successes of the year. Through programming, students have the opportunity to learn how to prepare and preserve the fresh produce from the gardens during the summer and afterschool programs.

Learn more here!




Diabetes Empowerment Education Program


Mountain-Pacific Quality Health invites anyone with diabetes or high blood sugar (pre-diabetes) to join them for a series of free classes that provides tips and information about how to take control of diabetes.

In this series of six classes, participants will learn about:
• How diabetes affects people—both physically and emotionally
• How to find healthy eating habits while still enjoying food
• How to be safely active all year
• How to develop skills and action plans for staying healthy
• How to be an effective member of their health care team with their doctors, health care providers, and diabetes educators

Take charge of your health and control diabetes! Play these fun and educational activities to learn more about healthy eating, diabetes, and your body!


Click on a city below to find out more information on their Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)TM!

Billings           Anaconda            Townsend                 Lewistown                Scobey

Learn more about the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program here!

Interested in becoming a trained diabetes educator? Click here!


For more information please contact Melonie Van Dyke Phone: 406-457-5819 Email:

or Stephanie Paugh Phone: (406) 320-2106 Email:


Cascade County Safe Kids Coalition


Safe Kids Cascade County, which is led by the Cascade County Health Department, provides a dedicated and caring staff with operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe. Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops, and sports clinics that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries. Coalition members include representatives from the school district, health care, law enforcement, businesses, and other community agencies.

The Safe Kids Cascade County Coalition, part of Buckle Up Montana, works to prevent unintentional injury and death. Although observed safety belt use in Montana is just under 80%, if between 87% and 94% of Montanans used seatbelts, it is estimated that an additional 20-30 lives would be saved each year. That number increases to 75 additional lives if seatbelt use were 100%. Increased seatbelt use results in fewer injuries and deaths.

By law, in Montana all children up to 6 years old and up to 60 pounds have to use a car seat or booster seat. Larger children should also be in boosters until they are around 4 ft. 9 in. tall. The Safe Kids Coalition may have car seats and booster seats available for free or reduced cost.

Cascade County Statistics – 2013 

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Total injuries-                                            445

Fatalities-                                                   10

Montana Asthma Project Havre, MT

The soft glow of sunlight saturates the colors of fall looking toward Saddle Butte in Havre, Montana, on October 12, 2010. (Nikki Carlson/Havre Daily News/Associated Press)


The Montana Asthma Control Program is a grant funded program that focuses on the 0-17 age group to improve their quality of life.  Identifying environmental factors and asthma triggers helps with the overall management of asthma. An Asthma Control Nurse will focus on educating your child and family to help reduce office visits caused by asthma attacks.

What the program provides:
· Free asthma related patient education materials
· 4-6 Free in-home visits over a 12 month time
· Free hypoallergenic mattress covers and pillow case covers
· If quality of air is poor in-house, free humidifier
· Free one-on-one education from the Asthma Control Nurse
· Form an Asthma Action Plan individualized to your child

Contact Jeri Erickson, LPN, Asthma Control Program Case Manager at 395-4305 or 390-2210.

Learn more here!


Diabetes Prevention Program Big Timber, MT




Big Timber Diabetes Prevention Program(DPP)

The Diabetes Prevention Program(DPP) is a lifestyle intervention program that helps participants become more active, eat healthier, and make sustainable changes. Kelsey Proue, a registered dietitian at Pioneer Medical Center, is heading a program that assists community members in a lifestyle change that offers more than just weight loss. This proven program can help people with prediabetes and/or at risk for type 2 diabetes make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes. DPP is a twelve month program offered to those 18 and older with a body mass index or BMI of over 24 and at least one of the following risk factors:

  • Pre-diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high triglycerides
  • Had gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) or delivered a baby >9 lbs.

A Big Timber resident, Brian Engle, was featured in The Big Timber Pioneer explaining his efforts to change his own personal lifestyle. Having the motivation, drive, and the assistance of the DPP, Brian successfully lost fifty-three pounds. See more of Brian’s story here.

Program Benefits:

  • 6 month gym membership
  • 16 weekly sessions with a registered dietitian
  • 6 monthly sessions with lifestyle coach
  • Cost is covered with Medicare and other private insurance

Health Fair Dates:October 12-14 2016 and May 2017

For more information on the Diabetes Prevention Program:

Contact Kelsey Proue  (406)932-4603 or