NA @ 10K Meeting

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The use of narcotics is a significant problem that many Montanans are faced with. Whether it is alcohol, meth, or anything in between, many Montanans struggle every day to cope with their addition and actively seek help doing so.

In the most recent survey, 10.77 percent of Montanans reported using illicit drugs in the past month. The national average was 8.2 percent. Additionally, 3.15 percent of Montana residents reported using an illicit drug other than marijuana in the past month (the national average was 3.6 percent). Montana drug-induced deaths (15.1 per 100,000) exceeded the national rate (12.8 per 100,000).

The Montana Region of Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs have become a problem. They receive people who are struggling with addiction and meet regularly to help each other stay clean. It is a program of complete abstinence of all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership: the desire to stop using.

Starting an NA meeting is a lot simpler than you may think. Click here for a guide on how to start your own NA meetings within your community.

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The NA@ 10K is a very unique Narcotics Anonymous adventure happening during the Beartooth Rally in Red Lodge, MT. The Beartooth Pass is one of the premier destination rides in the USA. The meeting is on US Highway 212, (Beartooth Highway) 30 miles southwest of Red Lodge, Montana in Wyoming. Fellowship with them in Red Lodge and climb the hill, or meet them there. (Watch for their banners)

For more info, call John H 406-208-1829 or Carla W 307-202-0858.

For more information click here!

Fourth of July Races

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Get out and get active this Fourth of July in Montana! With races all over the state, there is no reason not to participate and work off some of those calories the holiday usually brings! Besides 5Ks, there are a variety of shorter and longer races to partake in! See the list below.

5k2Let Freedom Run–Choteau

Chief Joseph Uphill Run–Laurel

Freedom Race–Billings

Grateful Nation Montana’s Freedom 5K–Bigfork

Liberty Dash–Livingston

Race for Independence–Bozeman

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Run a 5k on Turkey Day!

Running or walking a 5k race on Thanksgiving Day has become increasingly popular in recent years for a number of great reasons:

  • These races are typically tied to a charitable cause
  • Often people will wear fun a festive costumes
  • Sometimes the organizers give out turkeys and pies to top finishers
  • And perhaps the most tantalizing draw to running a 5k on Thanksgiving morning is that trotters can feel guilt-free about gobbling down later on!

With approximately 870,000 people throughout the country participating in Thanksgiving races in 2013, compared to 698,000 in 2011, according to Running USA and The Wall Street Journal, it would seem that people all  around the country agree that a running just a few miles for a good cause is the best way to kick off the holiday.

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Below are just a few of the races that will be taking place in Montana on November 26, 2015!

5K Turkey Trot – By Somers School District
5K run/walk
Somers, MT
Flathead County
Register Here

Burn the Bird 5K/10K
10K, 5K run
Great Falls, MT
Cascade County
Register Here

Glendive Turkey Trot
10K, 5K run
Glendive, MT
Dawson County
Register Here

Huffing For Stuffing Thanksgiving Day Run
10K run | 5K run/fun run/walk | kids run
Bozeman, MT
Gallatin County
Register Here

Polson Turkey Trot
3M fun run
Polson, MT
More Info Here

Run Wild Missoula’s Turkey Day 8K
8K run | 3K fun run
Missoula, MT
Missoula County
Register Here

Run! Turkey Run!
5K, 1M run | kids run
Billings, MT
Yellowstone County
Register Here

Whitefish Turkey Trot
5K run/walk
Whitefish, MT
Flathead County

Register Here

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Montana Association for the Blind

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Promoting the economic self-sufficiency of blind Montanans

The Montana Association for the Blind (MAB) is a statewide, nonprofit, self-help, consumer organization. The MAB was founded by blind and visually impaired Montanans and their friends in 1946.

The Association works to better the lives of blind and visually impaired Montanans with their summer training program, teaching needed skills to newly blind adults and by advocating on issues affecting the blind and visually impaired.

Mission and Vision
The mission of the Montana Association for the Blind is to promote the economic and social self-sufficiency of blind Montanans through the facilitation of quality education, learning, training, and employment services and opportunities, and to foster a positive understanding of blindness.

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Summer Orientation

The Summer Orientation Program (SOP) is designed for adults who have recently experienced vision loss. The four-week long program teaches visually impaired adults the skills necessary to live independently and to function in their home, community, and at work. The program is held each year, mid-June to mid-July on the Carroll College campus in Helena, MT.

When vision loss occurs it becomes necessary to learn other ways of doing everyday tasks.

Skills Taught:

  • Safe travel in home and community
  • Use of adaptive equipment for home and work
  • Alternative methods of writing including Braille and writing guides
  • Computer programs for the visually impaired
  • Methods of marking appliances and equipment
  • Use of assistive technology
  • Support networks are formed
  • Community resources are shared
  • Adaptive recreation

Apply Now! 

The MAB has 11 local chapters across the state

Anaconda
Billings
Bozeman
Butte
Great Falls
Havre
Helena
Lewistown
Kalispell
Missoula
Polson

MAB supported by member contributions, fundraisers and contributions through Montana Shares.The Montana Association for the Blind is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.

To make a donation click here

To Learn more about the Montana Association for the Blind check our their website at  http://mtblind.org/index.htm

GFPS employee wellness

GFPS Employee Wellness Program

The mission of the GFPS Employee Wellness Program is to nurture the health and well-being of their most important asset—the employees  of Great Falls Public Schools.
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Great Falls Public Schools Employee Wellness has grown leaps and bounds since January of 2007! Each year the GFPS Employee Wellness Committee provides health and wellness information to nearly 1600 employees. The committee plans events, wellness challenges and shares up to date health information to all employees.

Events and wellness strategies  for this past year included:

  • The 33rd Annual Cross Town Run Around
  • Walking 4 Wellness Challenge
  • Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge
  • Stress Management Workshops
  • Wellness University
  • Whittle Your Middle Challenge
  • Spring Poker Walk
  • On-site blood draws and flu shots
  • Health risk assessment as well as a culture audit and interest survey
  • “Wellness Wednesday”
  • Weekly emails to all staff keeping everyone up to date on the latest health information as well as any upcoming events or challenges
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GFPS race Winners of the Spirit Award at The Cross Town Run Around (above). The Start of the race (left).

The staff also has free access to a fitness center where classes such as Zumba, yoga, and circuit training classes are offered at no additional cost!

The Employee Wellness Team is comprised of a variety of individuals from various  departments around our district including: human resources, student assistance, prevention specialists, school  nursing, principals, administrative assistants and of course the teaching staff.

The GFPS Employee Wellness Program is great example of what employee wellness programs should look like! Employee wellness programs and policies have a substantial impact on health care costs, absenteeism, workers compensation costs, and productivity. Most importantly employee wellness programs contribute to healthier, happier Montanans!

If you are interested in finding out more about how to incorporate employee wellness policies into your worksite, please visit the Montana Cancer Control Programs Contractors website. Click on your geographical area to identify a contractor who can answer your questions.

Have questions for the GFPS Wellness Program?

 Contact Jody Murray, Prevention Specialist of Great Falls Public Schools

Phone: 406-268-6772  Email: jody_murray@gfps.k12.mt.us

Kid-A-Palooza

Hey Parents, looking for some summertime fun for the kids?

Come down to The Best Western GranTree Inn, in Bozeman Montana, on June 21st for a full day of activities!

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The Kid-a-Palooza is a fun summer event featuring different companies, organizations, fundraisers and much more that relates to kids ranging from 3 to 19! Enjoy face painting, a bike safety clinic by the Bozeman Police Department, a bouncy house, and the kids can meet Scruff McGruff the Crime Dog! Many different health professionals – such as chiropractors, dentists, and much more – will also be attending this event. Partnering with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Thrive and Haven, this community event is free and a great way to kick off some summertime fun!

 

For more information, call Callie Johnerson, Assistant General Manager of the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn

P:406-587-5261       E: gsmgrantree@bresnan.net      M: 1325 N 7th Ave Bozeman MT

 

 

 

 

RHI’s 2013 Rural Health Success Story Contest Winner: Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Disaster Preparedness Drill

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center hosted the first regional inter-facility full-scale exercise ever initiated in Lake County. The scenario involved multiple agencies including, Lake County OEM, EMS, Police from multiple jurisdictions, Search & Rescue, Fire, American Red Cross, St. Luke’s Hospital, Spartan Consulting, St. Patrick’s Hospital, ALERT and Kalispell Regional Medical Center, Public and Tribal Health, Salish Kootenai College, Tribal OEM, and many more.

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The Lake County Active Shooter 2013 Full-Scale Exercise was developed to test participating agencies Public Information & Warning, Operational Coordination, Operational Communications and Public Health & Medical Services capabilities in response to an Active Shooter incident resulting in multiple casualties and fatalities. The exercise was developed by Spartan Consulting with input, advice, and assistance from representatives from the Lake County exercise design team and followed the guidance set forth in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).

  • Objective 1: Assess and validate Lake County’s Public Information & Warning capabilities and roles in response to an active shooter incident involving multiple casualties.
  • Objective 2: Assess and validate Lake County’s Operational Coordination capabilities and roles in response to an active shooter incident involving multiple casualties.
  • Objective 3: Assess and validate Lake County’s Operational Communications capabilities and roles in response to an active shooter incident involving multiple casualties.
  • Objective 4: Assess and validate Lake County’s Public Health & Medical capabilities and roles in response to an active shooter incident involving multiple casualties.

Public Information & Warning

Strength 1: Use of Public Information Officers (PIO) – All participating agencies either had a pre-designated PIO or appointed one during the incident to manage public information.

Strength 2: Tie in with local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) – Due to the active LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) in Lake County, designated PIOs knew to get in touch with the OEM staff (EOC) to coordinate public information activities

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Strength 3: Participation – Excellent participation from the community in terms of volunteers and participating agencies.

Strength 4: Preparation – Evaluators at each venue were impressed by the level of preparation participating agencies had accomplished since the tabletop exercise in March 2013.

Strength 5: Use of incident management tools and visual aids – ICS vests, wall charts, START Triage tools (tags, tarps, etc.).

Strength 6: Safety – All exercise participants were mindful of doing things safely and as a result there were no real-world injuries reported during the exercise.

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Strength 7: Communications between the scene and St. Joe’s.

Strength 8: Communications between Fire and ALERT and ALERT & St. Luke’s/St. Joe’s

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Strength 12: Effective management of the patient surge by local hospitals – Key buy in and participation from hospital leadership, training and exercises prior to this activity, a commitment to using the Hospital ICS system, well-planned use of available space and personnel, good motivation and willingness to help by staff, and a smoothly managed Hospital Command Center (HCC) all contributed to supporting the technical expertise of the ED staffs in managing the patient surge. Although St. Luke’s did have minimal staffing due to the weekend and had to respond to a real world incident, St. Joe’s was able to handle the extra workload and prove that the local healthcare system can and will work together effectively.

This project was spearheaded by our Plant Manager Camilla Yamada, who is also our Safety Officer.  The preparation time and energy spent by the  health care facilities, law enforcement, the Tribal College & Law Enforcement Services, Emergency Services and city & county agencies in our valley speaks volumes about the commitment level that we are willing to meet in the effort to make our communities a safer place to live.  We are very fortunate to work with such dedicated and proactive professionals.

RHI’s Rural Health Photo Contest Submissions


This year the Montana RHI held its first ever Rural Health Photo Contest in honor of National Rural Health day. Above are all of the photo submissions we received. Congratulations to our contest winners, the City of Livingston’s photo “Soccer in Paradise”, Sage Gardener’s photo “All generations helping out”, and Shelby’s Safe Routes to School Program photo “Ready, set… get active!” A big thanks to all of the communities and organizations that participated in our contest.   Each of these pictures truly depicts what “rural health” means in Montana. Watch for this contest again next year!

Governor Bullock Proclaims November 21, 2013 as “National Rural Health Day” in Montana

Please read his proclamation below:

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I am pleased to recognize November 21, 2013 as “National Rural Health Day” in the State of Montana.

I appreciate the hard work of the Montana Office of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health for actively raising awareness about healthcare needs and options in rural communities. Providing care for those living in Montana’s rural communities is essential to ensuring the health of all Montanans. Rural hospitals and providers are often critical to the both the physical and economic health of Montana communities.

All Montanans should have access to the healthcare they need—regardless of location—so they can lead healthy, productive lives. That’s why the work of the Montana Office of Rural Health is so important.

It’s also why I worked with leaders of both parties to expand the WWAMI Medical Education Program, which makes public medical education accessible to Montana students and encourages them to come back and serve in rural areas. And why I won’t give up until we accept the federal dollars owed to Montana to expand health care coverage for low-income workers. Nothing could be more important for the health of rural hospitals, providers and patients in Montana.

I encourage all Montanans to recognize our rural communities and acknowledge November 21, 2013 as “National Rural Health Day” in the State of Montana.

Sincerely,

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STEVE BULLOCK
Governor

Wibaux Health Fair

For the past 25 years, the Wibaux Health Fair has been serving Wibaux and the surrounding Montana and North Dakota communities.  With an emphasis on prevention, this annual health fair is one of Wibaux’s most anticipated events.

According to the 2009 Wibaux County Health Profile provided by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, the leading cause of death in Wibaux County is heart disease with cancer being second.  Health care in Wibaux consists of a county-owned clinic building staffed by Glendive Medical Center two days a week, and Fallon Medical Complex two days a week. Nutrition and health education are essential components needed to emphasize the importance of developing healthy lifestyle changes in order to lower the current heart disease, cancer and vehicular accident rates. Routine medical examinations also play an important role in prevention as well as early detection. With heart disease being the number one cause of death in Wibaux County, community members are aware that increased physical activity and improved dietary habits are a necessity to prolong their lives.

The Health Fair Committee, of which the County Agent, Program Assistant, and County Health Nurse are members, gives input on the planning and implementing of the Wibaux Health Fair. In speaking with a cross-section of the 600-plus attendees at the Wibaux Health Fair, we are continually encouraged to make our annual event cost-effective, educational and informative. The positive feedback we receive through personal contact, phone calls, and e-mails, is further reinforcement that this event is creating healthy lifestyle changes in our small community.

The ultimate goal of the Wibaux Health Fair is to assist members of the Wibaux community and surrounding communities in developing an awareness of behavior and lifestyle modifications to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

A survey given to Wibaux Health Fair participants in the year 2009 showed that the majority of attendees are coming to the Health Fair due to the low cost of the testing and to view the exhibitor booths. Members of Wibaux and surrounding communities adopt recommended lifestyle and dietary practices such as recommended: physical activity, stress management, responsible drug and alcohol use, and the appropriate use of the health care system.

The Health Fair has proven year after year to save members of this community and the neighboring community thousands of dollars in health care costs.  It has also saved the lives of those who have been referred to their primary care physician due to an abnormal blood profile result or other screening test provided at the Wibaux Health Fair.

Offering the blood profile and prostate screening at a reduced cost encourages people to complete their annual blood work in a timely and cost-effective manner.  Incorporating educational programming along with the informative and hands-on exhibitor booths provides supplemental information to those attending the Wibaux Health Fair.

Partners for the Wibaux Health Fair are the planning committee and Wibaux County Extension. For more information, please contact David Bertelsen or Patti Goroski at (406) 796-2486 or visit the Wibaux County website at www.wibauxextension.com.