Public Health Accreditation

  • In November 2016, the Montana state health department achieved a major milestone: national public health accreditation. The Montana state health department is one of over 300 accredited health departments in the nation and 89% of the US population is served by an accredited health department.
  • Public Health Accreditation assesses a health department’s delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services and measures health department performance against a set of nationally recognized, practice-focused, and evidence-based standards.
  • This year, the Montana state health department will apply for reaccreditation which focuses on continued improvement and advancement of population health. Learn more about the State Health Improvement Plan and other services available from the Montana state health department.

Prevent Influenza and COVID-19 this Winter

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • Each year 900 Montana women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer screening, like a mammogram, can help find breast cancer early when it is easier to treat.
  • Breast cancer screening means checking a woman’s breasts for cancer before signs or symptoms of the disease occur. All women age 50-74 should get a mammogram every other year.
  • Some women may choose to start screening at age 40 if they have a personal risk or family history of breast cancer. Free mammograms are available to Montana women. Call 1-888-803-9343 to get connected to screening services in your community.

'Prepare to Protect' Before Disaster Strikes

Falls Prevention Week

Healthy Living in Montana

  • Healthy living can be achieved by everyone, including the 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 8 high schoolers that have obesity in Montana.
  • Healthy Lifestyle strategies are shown to help individuals decrease obesity and maintain a healthy weight.
  • The new Joy in Healthy Living: Active Lives and Healthy Eating for All Montanans Story Map provides resources for finding fresh affordable food, exercise that’s right for you, and community-wide and Tribal/Urban health programs.

Montana is Bear Country. Preventing Conflict is Easier than Dealing with a Bear

  • There are many things you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during outdoor activities and around your home.
  • Be prepared to handle bear encounters. Keep a clean camp and backyard. When travelling in bear country, carry bear spray, be aware of your surroundings, stay in groups, and make noise to let bears know you're there.
  • Bears can be anywhere. Learn more on being ‘Bear Aware’ at Bears in Montana | Montana FWP (