These health department programs focus primarily on promoting healthy choices and behaviors among residents of Lewis and Clark County.
Cancer Screening Program
The Cancer Screening Program makes breast and cervical cancer screening and education available to low-income, rural, and Native American residents. The program coordinator enrolls medical providers to deliver screening services to uninsured and under-insured individuals who meet income guidelines. The program serves Jefferson, Broadwater, Meagher and Powell counties. Learn more about our cancer screening program.
WIC Nutrition Program
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) serves about 1,200 women and children per month. WIC is a nutrition education program that also offers supplemental foods for women, infants and children who meet income guidelines. WIC serves pregnant and breastfeeding women who have recently had babies, as well as infants and children up to age five. Benefits of WIC include nutrition counseling, breastfeeding promotion, nutritious foods such as milk and eggs, and help with obtaining private and public health services. Learn more about WIC.
Pregnancy and Parenting Support
Registered nurses and family support specialists, known as home visitors, provide services to pregnant women and families of children up to age 5 in their own homes or other comfortable settings. Services include:
Screenings: developmental, vision, hearing, and health.
Education: on topics of interest to young families, including attachment and bonding, breastfeeding, nutrition, toddler tantrums, and potty training.
Referrals: to resources for food, housing, employment, baby-care items, and health care.
Tobacco Use Prevention
The Tobacco Use Prevention Program’s goal is to raise community awareness about the harmful health effects of tobacco. Staff members are involved with reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke among youth and adults in Lewis and Clark County, creating tobacco-free environments, decreasing the promotion of tobacco products, and linking people who want to quit using tobacco to cessation services. Learn more about tobacco use prevention.
Fetal, Infant, Child Mortality Review (FICMR)
According to state law, the FICMR team is responsible for reviewing the deaths of all children younger than 18 years old to find out whether those deaths were preventable. If a death is deemed preventable, it is the team’s responsibility to provide education regarding how to prevent such deaths in the future. The FICMR team consists of one of the health department’s WIC nurses, along with the coroner, deputy county attorney, law enforcement, Child Protective Services, and doctors and nurses.