Summer Institute 2020!

Save the Date: July 20-31, 2020

Billings, MT & Virtual

Register now for Summer Institute 2020!!


Below are the classes which Montana public health personnel will be able to attend at this year's Summer Institute. As a thank you to local officials for their hard work and sacrifice during the COVID 19 pandemic, this year's Summer Institute will be offered free of charge.

  • Leadership Development - Dare to Lead
    • Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building leadership program designed to be facilitated only by Certified Dare to Lead organizational development professionals. The most significant finding from Dr. Brown’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. The Dare to Lead™ program focuses on developing these courage-building skills through workshops, trainings and coaching to help individuals, teams and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership.
    • Location: Virtual
  • Internet Partner Services & Social Media Use in Communicable Disease Investigations
    • This course will provide toolkit, suggestions, information and resources regarding the various components of an Internet Partner Services Program (IPS). The course will also cover opportunities to use social media as a resource for communicable disease investigations in general. It will inform planning, development, implementation and evaluation of a jurisdiction-specific policy for social media use in communicable disease investigations in Montana.​
    • Location: Virtual 
    • Dates/Times: Thursday, July 23 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM; Wednesday, July 29 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM; Friday, July 31 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Environmental Health in Schools
    • This virtual workshop will emphasize school environmental health, focusing on the regulations and best practices for schools to create a healthy environment for children while at school.  A variety of environmental health topics will be discussed including lead in water, food safety, air quality, chemical safety, and playground safety.  Virtual visits to schools will allow sanitarians a chance to see how schools are inspected and evaluated under the newly adopted school rule.​
    • Location: Virtual
    • Dates/Times: Tuesday, July 21 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; Tuesday July 28, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; Thursday July 30, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Montana Healthcare Mutual Aid System (MHMAS) Administrator Training 
    • The State of Montana Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP) and Montana Hospital Association (MHA) are providing administrator training on the new volunteer registry (Montana Healthcare Mutual Aid System (MHMAS)) for all hospitals, nursing homes, and public health departments This is required training for entities that want to be able to approve, manage, and deploy volunteers when needed.  During the current COVID-19 Pandemic MHAMS has been utilized serval times to deploy volunteers to assist nursing homes, hospitals, and local public health departments.  MHMAS is a secure, web based online registration system used to register, verify and credential all levels of health care professionals that maybe needed in a major disaster or public health emergency.

    • Locations: Billings (In-person), Virtual

    • Date/Time: Thursday, July 23 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Public Health 101

    • Building upon the 5 core areas and 10 essential services of public health, this session will provide a foundational understanding of public health. We will cover a range of introductory topics in public health, including key definitions and concepts, historical foundations and fundamental approaches, core functions and essential services, stakeholder roles and major health determinants. 

    • Location: Virtual

  • PH Stakeholder Engagement & Facilitation

    • When resources are low, time is limited, and the stakes are high, we need our partners so that our efforts have the potential to make an impact. But getting stakeholders to commit, and stay involved through planning and implementation can feel like a full time job in and of itself. During this session, we will identify, discuss and practice strategies to get and keep partners engaged in initiatives that required collective action.  

    • Location: Virtual