Showcasing Our Work

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The RiverStone Health Showcase highlights nearly 20 projects staff have undertaken this year in the areas of Health, Education, Leadership & Protection.

Safe Cleanup After Flooding

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Marilyn Tapia, our Director of Health Protection, offers these tips for safe cleanup of homes after recent flooding in the region.

Know your risk to prevent drownings

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Each day, about ten people die from drowning, and two of them are age 14 or younger. Flood waters represent a clear danger, but drowning can happen quickly, even in pools with lifeguards. Nearly three-quarters of those deaths are associated with alcohol.

Plan Ahead for Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortages

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After manufacturing problems led to a yellow fever vaccine shortage, the number of clinics offering the vaccine plunged from 4,000 to 250. RiverStone Health is the only place in Montana that can administer the yellow fever vaccine, which makes it critical for travelers to plan ahead.

Medicine and Other Strategies Help Manage Chronic Pain

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Managing chronic pain usually focuses on alleviating pain and increasing function, as Dr. Alexander Nutt, a resident physician with the Montana Family Medicine Residency at RiverStone Health, points out in this Billings Gazette column.

Tobacco Can Affect Pregnancy

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In this Billings Gazette column, Eden Sowards, our Tobacco Prevention Health Specialist, tells why pregnancy and smoking don’t mix. Because tobacco use can harm both mother and unborn child, pregnant women can get special help quitting from the Montana Tobacco Quit Line.

Keep Children’s Vaccinations On Schedule

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Immunization can protect infants from 14 serious childhood diseases before age 2. Keeping your child’s vaccinations current provides the best possible protection, as this Billings Gazette by Karmen Hammermeister points out.

HPV Vaccine Protects Against Cancer

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Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus, commonly called HPV. Only females can get cervical cancer, but both males and females can get HPV and spread it to others. In this Billings Gazette column, Shawna Coleman, a Health Prevention Specialist, offers even more reasons why all youngsters should get the HPV vaccine.

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