MPHA celebrating 100th year anniversary

The annual Montana Public Health Association’s (MPHA) annual conference is September 18-19, 2018 in Helena at the Delta Hotels Helena Colonial located at 2301 Colonial Drive. 

MPHA executive Director Lora Wier said the event brings together about 250 public health professionals from across Montana and provides a venue for local public health department staff, partners, and others who are interested and invested in public health to share the latest research, ideas, and strategies.

The conference also marks MPHA’s 100th anniversary.

“We are so pleased to be celebrating our historic anniversary,” Wier said. “It’s incredible to think that individuals in 1918 had the foresight to establish this association to recognize the importance of how a collective public health approach could be so effective.”

Wier said the event helps attendees gain practical and effective tools, strategies, and concepts to confront the ongoing public health challenges facing public health today.

National public health experts Dr. Georges Benjamin, MD and Dr. Dean Sienko, MD, MS highlight the two-day conference. Dr. Benjamin speaks at 9 a.m. on September 18 and Dr. Sienko will address the conference on September 19 at 3:15 p.m.

Dr. Benjamin, the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), will speak on the topic of ‘The Future of Public Health’. Benjamin has been recognized nationally as one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare and is regarded as one of the country's most influential physician voices on public health issues. The APHA has been one of the leading advocates raising awareness of what role poverty, gun violence, climate change and housing play in health outcomes.

Dr. Sienko is presently the Vice President for Health Programs at The Carter Center in Atlanta. He speech is entitled ‘It’s all about leadership: How public health professionals and agencies can lead more effectively.’

Dr. Sienko provides oversight of health programs that address diseases that cause morbidity for hundreds of millions around the globe, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, he has worked in public health since graduating from the University of Wisconsin medical school in 1983. He trained at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an EIS Officer where he completed his preventive medicine residency.

DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan will provide welcome remarks on September 18 at 8:15 a.m. and DPHHS State Medical Office Dr. Greg Holzman will speak about the ‘Tobacco Epidemic’ on September 18 at 3:30 p.m.

The event includes nearly 20 break-out sessions on topics such as the Spanish Influenza Pandemic, Spotted Fever, polio, importance of vaccinations, using digital media and public health campaigns to advance public health, and adverse childhood experiences.


A full conference agenda is here

More information about MPHA is here


Who: Dr. Georges Benjamin, American Public Health Association Executive Director; Dr. Dean Sienko, Vice President for Health Programs, Carter Center in Atlanta; DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan; DPHHS State Medical Officer Dr. Greg Holzman; various local public health partners from around the state.
What: Montana Health Care Association annual conference

When: September 18-19, 2018

Where: Delta Hotels Helena Colonial located at 2301 Colonial Drive, Helena. 

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 Lunch will be funded by a Thrivent Action Team.  

Please email me at  by September 21, 2018 to let me know if you would like to attend and if you have others who will be joining you.  The maximum amount that we can have is 30.   Please feel free to let others know who are not included in this email.  Thank you.

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Missoula Recovery Conference

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Registration opens @ 9:00 a.m.

Conference starts @ 10:00 a.m. and will run until 5:30 p.m.

Workshops, Awards, Raffle, & Keynote Speaker

Registration Fee:
$20 payable at the door.

MPN Members attend for free!

Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown:
S Pattee St Stop 2 200, Missoula, Montana 59802

The Annual Recovery Conference takes place in September of each year. Contact Jim Hajny to learn more, or 406 551 1058

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ESAA Monthly Meetings

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The following dates have been set up for the Monthly ESAA Meetings for the rest of this year as well as the first of 2019.

June 26
July 24
September 25
November 27

January 22

Thank you,

Brent A Morris
Peer/Transitions Program Manager
Living Independently for Today and Tomorrow (LIFTT)

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