City-County Board of Health
Membership on the Board of Health includes:
- a representative of the Helena City Commission;
- a representative of the East Helena City Council;
- a representative of the County Commission; and
- the superintendent of School District 1.
County commissioners appoint 5 additional members for 3-year terms. They are:
- a professional with experience in the field of environmental, biological, chemical or engineering sciences;
- a licensed physician or dentist;
- a consumer of health services;
- a resident living within the city limits of Helena; and
- a resident living in the county but outside the city limits of Helena.
The Board of Health is responsible for hiring a health officer and setting policy for the administration of the City-County Health Department.
Justin Murgel is chair of the Board of Health. He represents city residents who live inside the Helena city limits. He is an employee of PacificSource Health Plans and is in his second term, which expires June 30, 2024.
Dr. Mikael Bedell is a licensed physician who works as a family practitioner at St. Peter's Health Medical Group. He is in his first term on the board. Term expires June 30, 2022.
Andy Hunthausen is a Lewis and Clark County Commissioner and the commission's designated representative on the board. He serves at the pleasure of the commissioners and is the board vice chair.
Wilmot Collins is mayor of the City of Helena. He serves on the health board at the pleasure of the City Commission as its representative.
Lisa Kaufman is the Public Water Field Section Supervisor at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). She is in her first term on the Board of Health and serves as the Hearing Officer. Term expires June 30, 2024.
Brie MacLaurin has joined the board representing consumers of health services. She is executive director of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies. She is in her first term, which expires June 30, 2022.
Rex Weltz is superintendent of Helena School District 1; he represents the school district on the board as an ex-officio voting member.
Jamie Schell is the mayor of East Helena and serves on the Board of Health as a resident from the city of East Helena. Term expires December 31, 2021.
VACANT: A representative from those living outside of Helena city limits but in Lewis and Clark County. This seat is currently vacant.
Emergency Rules and Regulations In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Emergency Rules and Regulations in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic- Reviewed by the Board of Health on 6-17-21
Disability Health Equity Month
July 23, 2020
E-cigarette Flavor Ban
June 25, 2020
AARP's Network of Age-Friendly Communities
May 28, 2020
Outdoor Secondhand Smoke
July 25, 2019
Evidenced-based Home Visiting Services
April 25, 2019
Tobacco Point of Sale
September 27, 2018
Wolf Creek Sewer District
August 23, 2012
July 26, 2012
June 28, 2012
August 16, 2010
June 25, 2009
Universal Health-Care Access
December 4, 2008
April 24, 2008
May 26, 2005