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For Air Quality: Call 447-1644

How to Weather the Extreme Heat

The extreme heat we've been experiencing lately can be dangerous for your health. Hyperthermia (including heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps) can occur when your body temperature soars because your body can’t compensate for heat in the environment. Older people, young children, and those who are sick or overweight are especially vulnerable. Learn how to weather extreme heat.

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.

54 Eateries Recognized for Commitment to Food Safety

On June 9, Lewis and Clark Public Health recognized 54 local food establishments for their exceptional efforts to make, serve, and sell safe food to the public. Find out if your favorite restaurant won a Gold or Silver Fork Award this year!

Ending Underage Drinking Is Everybody's Job

Underage drinking is not only illegal, it’s a threat to public health. In Lewis and Clark County, more than a third of high school students confess to drinking alcohol, making it the most commonly abused drug. Because adolescent brains are still developing, alcohol can cause serious and long-lasting harm, including social, emotional, and behavioral problems. And underage drinkers don't just harm themselves. Learn more about this problem and what we can do about it.

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."

Healthy Habits to Combat Infectious Diseases

Healthy habits can help to protect all of us from getting germs or spreading germs at home, work, or school. Learn what you can do to combat the flu and other infectious diseases.  Then share the information with others!

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.