54 articles found in "In the News"

Gathering Marks Homeless Memorial Day

Source: Billings Gazette

With prayers in Spanish and English, hugs, tears and a smudging ceremony, Billings marked the Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year.

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STD Rates Rising in Yellowstone County

Source: Billings Gazette

Rates of sexually transmitted diseases have seen large increases. What can you do? Talk frankly to your healthcare provider about your risk factors and about getting tested.

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Residencies Ease Montana’s Shortage of Primary Care Doctors

Source: Billings Gazette

This Billings Gazette feature indicates the role medical residencies, like the Montana Family Medicine Residency, play in attracting physicians to settle in Montana. Of MFMR’s 129 graduates since 1998, 75 of the physicians are practicing in Montana.

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Residency Helps Fill Doctor Shortage

Source: Yellowstone Public Radio

Since 1998, the Montana Family Medicine Residency has trained 75 primary care doctors who are now practicing in Montana, easing the shortage of doctors in the state.

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Volunteers Describe Hospice Experiences

Source: Billings Gazette

A panel of six recounted the support they offer as hospice volunteers during a training for new volunteers. Ian Pickering recalled the first day he went to his volunteer assignment. He worried that he wasn’t ready and that he should have spent more time reading his training binder. He quickly realized he had everything he needed as a volunteer. “When you show up,” he said, “the only thing you need to bring is your heart.”

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Reducing Suicide Deaths Among Veterans

Source: Billings Gazette

Montana has about twice the suicide rate as the national average, with 25 suicides for every 100,000 people. A team from Billings was chosen among the first eight teams to participate in the Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans and their families using a public health approach to increase suicide prevention support for veterans in their communities.

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New Clean Indoor Air Rules Take Effect March 1st

Source: Billings Gazette

Rule #7, adopted by the RiverStone Board of Health, prohibits indoor use of e-cigarettes or other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in public spaces and limits smoking and vaping within 20 feet of the entryways, windows or ventilation systems of public buildings.

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Services Targeting Children on the Chopping Block

Source: Billings Gazette

Evidence shows that targeted case management is effective in helping high-risk infants and children get off to a better start in life, but those programs are threatened by cuts to state funding, which will trigger even larger federal cuts.

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