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October 2018 - Baby-Friendly

September 2018 - Where are the providers? Dental Care Access Across Montana

  • Montana has 477 general and pediatric dentists that provide dental care to Montana residents; most dentists (89%) work in private dental offices.
  • Ten counties in Montana do not have a dental clinic; although 27 of Montana’s rural dentists travel to provide dental care across county lines. 
  • In 2018, 12 dentists and 7 dental hygienists received educational loan repayment funding through the National Health Service Corps to provide dental care in areas of Montana needing care.

 Data provided by WIM Tracking.  Find out more about the Montana Health Workforce at: https://wimtracking.org/reports/.

June 2018 - Children’s Special Health Services

  • 54 out of 56 of Montana’s counties are designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas, making access to a quality medical home challenging for families of children and youth with special health care needs.
  • A Medical Home is a way to provide comprehensive primary care through partnerships between clinicians, medical staff, and families.
  • The Montana Medical Home Portal helps families and professionals navigate a child’s medical care by providing a one-stop shop for information and local resources.

April 2018 - No Kid Hungry

February 2018 - Folic Acid for Healthy Moms and Babies

December 2017 - Safe Sleep for Baby

August 2017 - World Breastfeeding Week

  • 12% of Montana WIC participants age 2-4 years are obese.
  •  Children never breastfed were most likely to be obese, but breastfeeding substantially for at least 6 months has a significant impact on obesity for children age 2-4 years. (need link)
  •  Most communities in Montana have excellent breastfeeding support systems such as breastfeeding peer counselors, certified lactation staff, WIC programs with prenatal and postpartum breastfeeding information and support.   Even many of our birthing hospitals and centers have shown strong support for breastfeeding by achieving or working toward Baby-Friendly status.

April 2017 - Teen Pregnancy

  • From 2010 to 2015, Montana teen birth rate declined from 35.2 per 1,000 to 25.3 per 1,000, but is still higher than the national average and much higher than most other industrialized countries.
  • In 2015, 44% of high school students in Montana reported ever having had sex; 19% did not use an effective birth control method the last time they had sex.
  • Teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections can be prevented through education and access to birth control methods including long acting reversible contraception.

March 2017 - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) impact health and might affect one's well-being.
  • Self-reported overall health and behavioral health declines as the number of ACEs increases, find your score.
  • ACEs can be overcome.  Those who have experienced an ACE can get assistance to build resilience and decrease the likelihood of adverse mental and physical health issues.

February 2017 -  National Children's Dental Month

  • Choose tap water over sugar sweetened beverages for a sparkling smile.
  • Brushing teeth for two minutes, twice a day and regular dental check-ups are key for healthy teeth and gums.
  • Fluoride helps make teeth stronger, which prevents decay.