Category Archives: Health

Bullock calls for emergency rules to ban sale of flavored e-cigarettes

Gov. Steve Bullock has directed the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to implement emergency administrative rules to temporarily prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. “Young Montanans are using e-cigarettes at an alarming rate, while officials investigate the possible causes of a national outbreak of e-cigarette-related injury and death, leaving us at a crossroads,” Bullock said in a press

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Alluvion receives grant for expanded opioid addiction treatment

Alluvion Health has been awarded $237,000 from the Health Resource Service Administration that the agency will use to expand the availability of Medication Assisted Treatment, or MAT, services to combat opioid addiction. The funding will be used to train additional providers so that they can prescribe Suboxone, a medication that blocks the effects of opioids so a patient can’t get

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County revising health officer job in hopes of finding person to reorganize

The future of the Cascade City-County Health Department is uncertain. Since the county split with what is now Alluvion Health, a private nonprofit that took many county staffers with it including the health officer and prevention services division manager, the county has struggled to figure out next steps. By the end of a meeting on Sept. 18 between the County

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Alluvion receives grant to expand youth behavioral health services; pharmacy opens

Alluvion Health has received a $167,000 grant through the Health Resource Service Administration to increase youth access for behavioral health services. The funding will allow Alluvion to expand services to additional schools in the community, increasing capacity for behavioral health services for youth, according to a release. Alluvion Health launching direct primary care program available to the public The money

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Rural Dynamics receives $50K grant to look at impact of financial stress on health

Rural Dynamics in Great Falls has been awarded a $50,000 Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana. Rural Dynamics is developing a program to help Montanans be more financially astute, therefore reducing the likelihood of financial stress and the health risks and costs associated with it. “Financial stress takes a real toll on mental

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Benefis staff train for mass casualty incidents

Medical staff at Benefis Health System spent Friday learning to prepare for the worst. The hospital is conducting mass casualty incident training for the non-provider staff, which includes nurses, certified nursing assistants and more. The exercise was designed to train staff, who deal with emergencies on a daily basis, for a major event such as an explosion, a vehicle driving

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Business Bites: Alluvion hosting pop-up lunch party; Pizazz corner market opens; Scheels expanding; construction underway on Five on Black

Annually, health centers nationwide take a week to celebrate the work they do. Alluvion Health will be hosting a week of activities kicking off Aug. 5 with a pop-up lunch party from 11:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Rocky Mountain Building at the corner of 1st Avenue North and 6th Street. The event is

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County votes to move forward with negotiations to outsource health department functions to Alluvion

County Commissioners voted 3-0 during a special meeting on June 4 to direct county staff to begin negotiating a contract with Alluvion Health to provide some functions of the City-County Health Department. County and City Commissioners met May 30 to discuss the idea of outsourcing some functions of the health department, as proposed by Alluvion. Alluvion was previously the Community Health

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County considering outsourcing public health functions to Alluvion

Cascade County is exploring options for outsourcing multiple public health functions to Alluvion Health. Alluvion was previously the Community Health Care Center and a part of the county. Last year, the agency began splitting from the county and since Jan. 1, has operated as an independent agency. Alluvion hosting open house at downtown site; continuing plans for Rocky Mountain Building

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