Central Montana Public Health Program

Fergus County


The purpose of the Central Montana Health District (CMHD) is to improve and protect the health of the population of Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum and Wheatland counties by providing local government leadership and advocacy on behalf of public health issues. Central Montana Public Health Program is improving the health communities through education, health promotion and disease & injury prevention. Programs consists of Central Montana Health District (CMHD) and Fergus County Nurse’s Office (FCNO).


Fergus County Nurse’s Office (FCNO) Key Services:

  • Ensures Immunizations For Infant & Children, Pre-Teens, Adults
  • School based Immunization for Hep B, TdaP, and MMR
  • Information about Vaccines & Autism, Daycare safety Education & Resource
  • Immunization Record check in all daycares
  • Assist CMHD if needed with Communicable Disease
  • Food borne & Water borne and Dog Bite Investigations
  • Communicable Disease Prevention Education & Resource for staff and County residents Head Lice education resource
  • Coordinates the Fetal Infant Child Mortality Review Team for Fergus County
  • Jail Nursing
  • Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Local/State Level
  • Human Services Coalition
  • Board of Health Involvement
  • Throat Cultures-Strep
  • Urine alcohol and drug screening for DFS/Individuals/Court Systems
  • Fergus County Loan Closet
  • Blood Pressures on walk-in basis
  • School Health Education Resource
  • School Personnel health information
  • Travel: Immunization Resource & Education
  • Community Health Fairs
  • Local Registrar
The Montana Office of Rural Health has discovered through interviews with local Montanans that Public Health Departments are often under utilized. 
” Access to healthcare is a huge issue. The community needs knowledge of what is available. Even with the health department here in the community, people don’t know what they provide. Public Health is an underutilized resource. ” Quote from local Montanan 

Learn more about Public Health Departments near you!

Learn more about Fergus County:

Phone: 406-535-3983
Visit the Central Montana Health District page

Profile of the Week: Strong Women

Strong Women

The primary objective of the StrongWomen™ Program is to help communities nationwide to implement safe and  effective strength training programs for midlife and older women.

Women begin to show decline in muscle mass beginning at age 30 and if this condition is not reversed, women will have reduced strength and other severe consequences as they age. Women need to maintain a healthy level of muscle mass at all ages for optimal health through weight lifting two or more times per week,  but only 17.5% of women meet these recommendations. The Strong Women program, developed by Tufts University, is designed for women to increase muscle strength by strength training for 2-3 sessions per week for fourteen weeks. This strength training program is now being offered through MSU Extension offices in Montana, and the results have been inspiring.  Participation, improved functional strength and balance, and a strong sense of camaraderie and achievement are positive outcomes for Montana’s rural women. These trainings are conducted by Extension educators who have been certified to teach Strong Women programs.

About Strong Women:
The StrongWomen™  program is an evidence-based strength training program developed by the staff of  the Hancock Center at the Friedman School at Tufts University. The primary objective of the StrongWomen™ Program is to help communities nationwide to implement safe and  effective strength training programs for midlife and older women.

Who should attend trainings:
* Professional and community leaders who are working with a non-profit and are interested in the fields of public health, nutrition and exercise or wellness should attend.

* Potential program leaders should be regularly lifting weights/strength training, be in good physical health, and be able to collaborate with local agencies or organizations to provide the Strong Women program in their community.


For a list of all locations and contact information, click here

Harlowton Rail Trail

Harlowton, Montana is an excellent example of a community dedicated to creating a healthy environment. The community supports healthy choices, and provides community members with the facilities needed to make healthy choices.

When the Milwaukee Railroad closed the tracks through Harlowton in 1974, some feared the community would be unable to survive without the town’s biggest employer.  However, the community members rallied to make sure that Harlowton would remain the charming town it had always been.

Radical changes were made to better Harlowton, such as the development of a walking trail that spans just over one mile.   The creation of the “Rail Trail” began 3 years ago and goes through the center of the railroad town and features historical landmarks along the way.  Half of the trail has been paved and plans for the coming year include paving the remainder of the trail as well as installing benches along the path.  The walking trail has become increasingly popular among residents and visitors alike, and people can be seen walking, running and biking everyday of the week.

The walking tail is currently being maintained by the employees of the Milwaukee Depot Museum.  Visitors to the walking trail are encouraged to visit the museum, which is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

For more information about the walking trail or the Milwaukee Depot Museum contact Carol Naasz at (406) 632-4720.