Lewis and Clark Public Health

Upcoming Events

  • Living Life Well Classes, Thursdays, May 3 through June 7, 1 to 3:30 PM, Touchmark, 915 Saddle Dr., Helena. Call 406-457-8923 to get more information or sign up. FREE!
  • ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Course, Thursday, May 24, and Thursday, May 31, 8 AM to 5 PM, 1930 Ninth Avenue, Helena. Registration deadline is May 18. 

Flooding Can Cause Cascade of Public Health Threats

Ice jam on Prickly Pear Creek

While the focus during floods tends to be on protecting property, it’s important to remember that flood water can put your health at risk, too. Flood water mixes with everything it touches, including raw sewage, animal waste, pesticides, and other chemicals. You should assume that flood water is a swirling cocktail of bacteria and other disease-carrying germs that can cause intestinal problems, headaches, flu symptoms, and skin infections. Even when the water subsides, clean-up can be risky. These fact sheets might help:

How Healthy Is Your Home? What You Can Do About It

Cleaning supplies

We all know how important diet and exercise are for health. Did you know that the condition of your home can have a big impact on your health, too? How you maintain your home can lead to serious health problems, like asthma, allergies, lead poisoning, cancer, and injuries. Fortunately, there are simple and inexpensive steps you can take to create a safe and healthy environment for you and your family.

Public Pools, Spas Recognized for Health and Safety

Gold and Silver Buoy Award winners

Public health officials presented Gold and Silver Buoy Awards March 22 to nine pool and spa operators in Augusta, East Helena, and Helena. This is the fifth year the health department has issued the awards, which recognize operators of public, recreational water features (pools, hot tubs, and water parks) who provide a clean, healthy, and safe environment. The awards are based on annual inspections by public health sanitarians. Find out who the winners were.

Local Eateries Recognized for Commitment to Food Safety

2017 Gold Fork Award Winners

Lewis and Clark Public Health has recognized 55 local food establishments for their exceptional efforts to make, serve, and sell safe food to the public. The department gave out 21 Gold and 34 Silver Fork Awards this year, a record number. These are establishments that have an effective food-safety system that reduces or eliminates the risk of food-borne illnesses. Find out which establishments are winners!

Helena Leads Way with Electronic WIC Benefits

Montana WIC logo

Helena is one of the first communities in Montana to offer an electronic benefit system for participants in its WIC supplemental nutrition program. The new system, called eWIC, replaces paper benefits with a charge card similar to a credit or debit card. Helena and four other communities began testing the program in June. It’s expected to go statewide later this month. Learn more about eWIC and how you can apply.

 


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Melanie Reynolds
Health Officer
406-457-8900
publichealth(at)lccountymt.gov

Staff Directory

Main Offices
1930 Ninth Avenue
Helena, MT 59601
406-457-8900
Fax: 406-457-8990
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
406-447-8351
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
406-457-8583
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 4 PM
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Augusta Public Health Nurse
Augusta, MT 59410
406-562-3509
Mondays, Wednesdays 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Tuesdays 9 AM to 1 PM
Home and Office Visits by Appointment 

Duty Officer
After Hours & Emergency Calls
406-459-1322