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Think Before You Ink to Reduce Tattoo Risks

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Today’s younger generation has embraced tattoos – lots of them – and the trend is especially visible now that beach weather is here! Any time you pierce your skin with a needle or put a foreign substance like ink into your body, there's a risk of infection. Reputable tattoo shops use sterile needles and maintain high standards of hygiene to minimize this risk. If you're considering a tattoo, check out this list of things to consider and steps to take to protect your own health and safety.

Bad Childhood Experiences Impact Future Health

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One of the biggest public health discoveries of all time has led us to understand the impact that early childhood experiences have on lifelong health. This research is called the Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACE, study, and it confirms with certainty that our experiences as children have a profound impact on our physical, mental, and social health. Understanding ACEs has the potential to greatly benefit our community.

Students Pledge to Support Tobacco-Free Rodeos

High school athletes across the state are welcoming rodeo season by pledging to compete tobacco-free. Since 2008, students have been able to participate in a series of tobacco-free rodeos every year thanks to a partnership between the Montana High School Rodeo Association and the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MTUPP). Because of this partnership, Montana became the first state in the nation to offer tobacco-free rodeos. Learn about scholarships available to those who sign the pledge.

Map Site Tells Status of E. Helena Superfund Properties

Planning to buy or sell property in East Helena? Check out our new interactive mapping site. It displays the clean-up status of properties within the East Helena Superfund Site. You can search by address to determine if a property has been sampled for lead contamination, if the results qualified that property to be cleaned up, and if the cleanup has been completed. Call 406-447-8583 to learn more.

CDC Issues Zika Virus Travel Advisories

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel notices for people traveling to certain regions and countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. These alerts follow reports in Brazil of microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant. Learn more about the Zika virus and its risks.

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Melanie Reynolds
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1930 Ninth Avenue
Helena, MT 59601
Fax: 406-457-8990
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
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City-County Building
316 North Park, Room 148
Helena, MT 59601
Fax: 406-447-8443
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City-County Building, Room 230
316 North Park Avenue
Helena, MT 59623
Fax: 406-457-8990
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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, MT 59410
Mondays, Wednesdays 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Tuesdays 9 AM to 1 PM
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