Community Works

Tobacco Use Prevention Program

Program Services

This program provides tobacco use prevention services for Butte-Silver Bow through education (youth emphasis); advocacy through the media; coalition building; compliance enforcement of the Clean Indoor Air Act; working with schools and youth groups; hospitals, physicians, treatment centers, and business owners; and providing assistance for setting up smoke-free housing and campuses.

  1. Samantha Patrick

    Tobacco Prevention Specialist

Cancer Screening Services

This program supports comprehensive cancer control by providing ongoing quality screening services to women and education in a manner that is appropriate, accessible, cost-effective, and sensitive to the client’s needs. Our free cancer screening services include mammograms, Pap tests, and some diagnostic tests. Eligibility is open to women who are uninsured or under-insured and meet age and income guidelines. In FY17, 175 clients were served, with 46 women screened, 43 referrals made to Medicaid, 63 referrals made to other services, 10 assisted through the Local Treatment Fund, 320 Flu/FIT kits distributed, and 13 referrals made to the Montana Cancer Screening Program.

Living Life Well

An evidence-based self-management education program developed at Stanford University for people with chronic health problems. These workshops empower participants to take an active role in managing their health by providing them with critical skills needed to handle any chronic condition, such as arthritis, diabetes, or congestive heart failure. Workshops are facilitated by two trained instructors meeting once per week for six weeks. Family members and others who support people with chronic health conditions are also encouraged to attend. In FY17, 2 classes were held for 9 participants.

Walk With Ease

A community-based group walking program specifically designed to help individuals start and maintain a safe walking routine. Certified instructors cover how to warm up and cool down, stretch and set personal exercise goals. Each class includes health education topics related to exercise. After their initial sessions, participants are encouraged to maintain their walking routine by forming independent walking groups. In FY17, 6 Walk With Ease Sessions were held, with 76 participants.

Worksite Wellness

This program is about health promotion activity and organizational policy designed to support healthy behavior in the workplace and improve health outcomes. A positive wellness culture in the workplace contributes to the physical, mental and emotional well-being of workers. The workplace becomes more productive and constructive and helps establish clear and reasonable roles and responsibilities. It provides the organization with a better opportunity to reduce the number of sick days and health-associated costs. The Health Department has established this program within the department and is reaching out to other worksites to grow the program.

CONNECT Referral System

CONNECT is a bidirectional referral network that allows client contact information to be sent between service providers. The secure web-based system is available at no cost to approved organizations that make client referrals. The goal of CONNECT is to reduce common barriers for external referrals and increase client uptake in services. The system closes the loop in care coordination.