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The county health center at 1930 Ninth Avenue was dedicated as the Michael A. Murray Building August 26 in honor of Commissioner Murray (holding the ribbon at right), who has given more than 2 decades of public service to Lewis and Clark County.

For Air Quality: Call 447-1644

Upcoming Events

  • Back-to-School Immunization Clinics, every weekday through the end of August, 11 AM to 4:30 PM, 1930 Ninth Avenue, Helena. 
  • Free Cooking and Nutrition Classes, runs for 8 Thursdays starting September 24, offered at noon to 1 PM or 6 to 7 PM, Lewis and Clark Public Health Conference Room. Contact Kim, 406-447-8042.

Drought Can Threaten Health in Unexpected Ways

Last month, federal officials declared 15 Montana counties natural disaster areas because of drought. Lewis and Clark County was among them. Drought can wreak havoc on the lives of farmers, ranchers, and firefighters. It can promote illness, disease, and injury in many ways, too. Learn the unexpected ways that drought can impact public health.

5 Public Pools, Spas Recognized for Health, Safety

Lewis and Clark Public Health honored five Helena-area pool and spa operators July 23 for their efforts to protect public health and safety. Find out who received "Gold and Silver Buoy Awards" during the second annual presentation.

Back-to-School Shots: A Proven Investment

It's time for back-to-school shots! This year there are 2 new requirements: All kids entering school must show proof of two varicella, or chickenpox, vaccinations. In the past, the varicella vaccine was recommended for children 1 and older but not required for school attendance. Seventh graders also must now get another Tdap booster to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, or whooping cough. Learn why childhood immunizations have added years to the average American's life.

That Killer Tan Should Be a Fashion Faux Pas

The first Queen Elizabeth never would have allowed the sun to spoil her porcelain skin. In fact, the 16th century monarch used a skin whitener – made of toxic lead – to enhance her pale complexion. Today tanning is "in," despite the fact that 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or an indoor tanning device. Until we stop associating tanned skin with beauty, we won’t make much headway against skin cancer. Read more about the hazards of tanning.

We're Now Lewis and Clark Public Health!

The Lewis and Clark City-County Health Department has changed its name to Lewis and Clark Public Health, effective April 16. We've also adopted a new logo to better represent us visually. Read more about why we're updating our "brand."

A Plan to Improve Health in Our Community

The Health Department and St. Peter's Hospital have teamed up to produce the 2013 Lewis and Clark County Health Improvement Plan. It identifies the most pressing health priorities in the county, as determined by community members representing a cross-section of local organizations, businesses, and government agencies. The plan also includes tips for how you can improve your own health during the next 3-5 years.
Read the news release.   
Learn more about the planning process.

Melanie Reynolds
Health Officer

Staff Directory

Main Offices
1930 Ninth Avenue
Helena, MT 59601
Fax: 406-457-8990
Clinic Fax: 406-457-8992
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
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Administrative Offices
City-County Building
316 North Park, Room 148
Helena, MT 59601
Fax: 406-447-8443
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Environmental Services
City-County Building, Room 230
316 North Park Avenue
Helena, MT 59623
Fax: 406-457-8990
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
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East Helena Lead
Education and Assistance

306 East Main, Room 201
PO Box 1231
East Helena, MT 59635
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 4 PM
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Augusta Public Health Nurse
Augusta, MT 59410
Mondays, Wednesdays 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Tuesdays 9 AM to 1 PM
Home and Office Visits by Appointment 

Licensing & Inspection
Program Has Moved

As of mid-May, the Licensed Establishment Program has returned to its former location at 1930 Ninth Avenue, Helena (the County Health Center). Applications for food establishment plan reviews, Farmer's Market license exemptions, temporary food sale permits, and registrations for food classes may be submitted there. Email and telephone contact information
remains the same. Call 406-457-8900 for more information.