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DPHHS Hires New State Medical Officer


August 31, 2015

Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936

                Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391


DPHHS hires new State Medical Officer

Dr. Gregory Holzman begins work at DPHHS


The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced today that Dr. Gregory Holzman has been hired as the agency’s new State Medical Officer.

Dr. Holzman comes to Montana from Michigan State University where he headed up the school’s Healthy Campus Initiative and was an associate chair of preventive medicine within the Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Holzman’s connection to Montana goes back to 1998 when he worked as a staff physician at the Blackfeet Community Hospital with the Indian Health Service in Browning, and over the years has been a consultant for the DPHHS Tobacco Use Prevention and Maternal and Child Health programs.

He also has past experience working within state and federal government as Chief Medical Executive in Michigan and Deputy Director for the Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DPHHS Director Richard Opper said Dr. Holzman brings a wealth of public health knowledge to Montana. “We’re so excited to have someone of Dr. Holzman’s caliber on board to fill this vital position,” he said. “I know that our many public health partners at the local, state and federal level will benefit greatly from his medical expertise as we all work hard to help Montanans live healthier lives.”

Dr. Holzman said he looks forward to working on the various public health and clinical initiatives already being implemented in Montana. “I really look forward to building on the numerous public health successes already achieved at the state level, working with our local public health partners, and connecting once again with Tribal health leaders,” he said.

Dr. Holzman’s main duties are to:

  • Provide leadership for statewide public health programs, including health assessment, epidemiology, and surveillance;
  • Research and monitor emerging public health issues, disease trends, and evidence-based prevention strategies to address public health issues;
  • Represent DPHHS as medical spokesperson and point of contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
  • Provide consultation and technical assistance the agency programs, local and tribal public health programs, and other organizations in response to disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies.

He replaces Dr. Steven Helgerson who retired earlier this year.

Dr. Holzman will work out of the DPHHS Public Health and Safety Division offices located in Helena.

He holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, and earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Washington.

About the DPHHS public health role in Montana

Montana’s public health services are delivered primarily through contracts with local and tribal public health agencies in every county and reservation in Montana, as well as outpatient clinics, community health centers, hospitals and other community-based organizations statewide. The DPHHS Public Health and Safety Division leads the state’s public health efforts and provides state-level coordination of key public health services in collaboration with local and tribal public health agencies.