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Public Health Summer Institute 2021 

July 19—23, 2021 Holiday Inn Downtown —Missoula

Click Here to Register Registration Instructions & Block Room booking Instructions Below.

In recognition of the immense effort and sacrifice made by Montana public health personnel during the COVID 19 crisis, the 2021 Public Health Summer Institute will be held free of charge. 

All course for Summer Institute for 2021 will be offered in person and virtually, except Sanitarian 101 



Course Topics 

Public Information Officer Awareness Course 

Monday, July 19th 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Instructor: Audrey Walleser-Martin (State of Montana, DES)

The Public Information Officer Awareness Course is designed to familiarize participants with the concepts underlying the PIO role. This course can provide a basic understanding of the PIO function for those new to the position. Additionally, it can provide those in executive level roles the necessary knowledge of PIO roles and responsibilities during an emergency.  

MHMAS/Volunteer Registry System Training
Tuesday, July 20th 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Instructors: Kevin O’Loughlin (State of Montana, DPHHS PHEP) & Anne Marie Brown (Juvare) 

This training is required 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 over 100 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. This course will also include lesson learned from this past year.  

Introduction to Public Health in Montana
Monday, July 19th 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM & Tuesday, July 20th 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Instructor: Dr. Tony Ward (University of Montana)

Are you new to public health? If so, this training is for you! Public Health 101 will provide an introduction to the discipline of public health and an overview of public health practice in Montana. The training will center on six main topics, including key definitions and concepts, historical foundations and fundamental approaches, core functions and essential services, stakeholder roles and major health determinants. Participants will learn about public health disease surveillance, problem identification and response, communication and education, partners, and more. Join us as we dive into the “art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health.”

Food and Consumer Safety Course: Sanitarian 101 Virtual Only 
Monday, July 19th, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM & Tuesday, July 20th – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Instructors: Various (State of Montana, Various) 

Recommended for newer sanitarians, a virtual pre-institute course consisting of 6 hours over 2 days designed for new and somewhat new (less than 5 years) sanitarians will be offered by Food and Consumer Safety to acquaint newer sanitarians with the basics of licensed establishments and other programs involving Food and Consumer Safety.  Dates for the pre-institute course will be determined by a survey of interested participants.  For question on the pre-institute course please contact Nina Heinzinger @ 406-444-0067 or via email at - 

Sanitarian 101 is a 6-hour virtual course designed to acquaint sanitarians with the various state agencies with whom they might interact.  Representatives from the Fire Code, Building Code, Department of Livestock, Department of Agriculture, Department of Environmental Quality, and others will join us to share a brief overview of their agency and the types of activities they regulate.  Time will be allotted for questions.  You may register for Summer Institute on this website.   

Changes to Public Health Laws and 67th Montana Legislative Session Outcomes Continental Breakfast Provided

Wednesday, July 21st 7:00AM – 9:00 AM
Instructors: Various (AMPHO and MPHTI) 

The 67th Montana Legislative Session resulted in numerous changes to local public health authority and laws that affect the implementation of essential public health services. This session will pull together practitioners and subject matter experts to discuss ways to adapt health department operations to meet the changing legal environment. After a brief overview of public health law changes from the Legislative Session, subject matter experts and practitioners will discuss how to implement new State laws at the local level. A question-and- answer session will follow the facilitated discussion. 

Managing Change through Adaptive Leadership Lunch Provided
Wednesday, July 21st 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Instructor: Dr. Theresa Floyd (University of Montana) 

A full day, highly interactive workshop that introduces participants to key concepts and methods for effective change management through the principles of adaptive leadership: assuming a stance of inquiry, diagnosing the systemic, political, and cultural aspects of adaptive challenges, and effective intervention through political action and facilitating an adaptive culture. Participants will be given the opportunity to build their skills through exercises in which they apply adaptive leadership principles to a thorny, recurring problem they are facing in their own work. The goal is that participants will face these thorny problems with new tools that will instill confidence in their leadership skills.

Meet and Greet
Wednesday, July 21st – 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Networking opportunity and a chance for new public health professionals to meet their counterparts from around the State. Refreshment will be provided.

Communication, Relationships and Resiliency: Navigating Through and Beyond the Pandemic
Thursday, July 22nd, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM & Friday, July 23rd 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Instructor: Julie Benson 

This course is designed to (a) assist public health professionals in managing the past and current challenges of Covid-19; (b) identify existing and new opportunities for creativity and practices that improve the lives of employees and the public, and (c) selecting effective strategies to navigate the “new normal.” Topics include: working in chaos, effects on physical and mental health, managing in-office and remote-employee relationships, ways to handle conflict, risk, and crisis communication, the practice and promotion of self-care, and the development of new norms that improve morale and group cohesion. Resilience has always been important in the workplace but has taken on a new meaning and reached a new level during the past year. If you are interested in discovering new ways to balance your personal and professional challenges through difficult times, please join us for insightful discussions, current research, and concrete takeaways as our workplaces and the world move forward.

EPI 101: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Disease Investigation
Thursday, July 22nd 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM & Friday, July 23rd 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Instructors: Staff (State of Montana, DPHHS CDEpi)

This course is a beginner to intermediate level training for local public health communicable disease personnel. Using COVID-19 and other conditions in case scenarios, attendees will learn how to conduct general disease surveillance, case investigations, outbreak identification and management, and reporting. Recipients will receive disease-specific investigation guidance for syphilis, healthcare acquired infections, Colorado Tick Fever, and whole genome sequencing for enteric pathogens. 

Registration Instructions

Registration for Summer Institute 2021 is now open! Attached is a calendar for the week. To register for Summer Institute 2021, use the link below.  Please read the following instructions before registering.  

  • When creating your Summer Institute registration account, please provide all requested information. 
  • When asked to select your jurisdiction, select where you work or for DPHHS employees, select State Employee.
  • All courses are being offered both in-person and virtually. If you choose to attend virtually, you will receive a Zoom link via email before Summer Institute from the course liaison.
  • When selecting your courses, you are limited to one selection per section.
  • Introduction to Public Health in Montana and EPI 101: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Disease Investigation are 2-day courses. If you register for these courses, make sure to select both day 1 and day 2.
  • Managing Change through Adaptive Leadership will take place Wednesday from 9 am-5 pm with a lunch break at noon. Lunch is being provided on Wednesday, so make sure you select a meal.
  • Once you have completed registration, save a copy of your course schedule. You will receive an email confirmation that will allow you to make changes to your schedule using the link in the email.  

If you have registration issues, please contact Kevin O’Loughlin@

Click Here to Register

Block Room Booking Instructions

Block rooms will be at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Missoula, which is the same hotel where the Summer Institute events will be held. Block room rates can be reserved by either booking online or calling the Holiday Inn using the information below.

Block rooms are limited and are $131 per night

Group Name: DPHHS Summer Institute 2021 Reservation Dates: 07/15/2021 - 07/23/2021 Group Booking Code: JSI

Booking Link: DPHHS Summer Institute 2021 [] Note: the below booking link is not mobile device internet browser compatible

Holiday Inn Downtown Phone: 406-721-8550 Contact the hotel front desk 24/7 to make a reservation. When contacting the front desk, provide the following information to receive the block room rate.