Posted: Jun 20, 2013 8:41 PM by MTN News
"Big Sky. New Horizons. A Healthier Montana: A Plan to Improve the Health of Montanans." is the new slogan for the plan by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to make Montana healthier.
Bullock released the plan in conjunction with the Association of Montana Public Health Officials and the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) meeting in Helena this week.
"We all know that healthy children are better students, healthy adults make a more productive work force, healthy seniors enjoy more satisfying retirement years, and a healthy population is essential to a healthy economy," Bullock said. "This plan focuses on prevention, saving health care dollars and creating a common agenda for health improvement."
DPHHS led the way in this plan and examined the health of Montanans and developed a plan that would focus on the most important health issues facing Montanans. Another 130 organizations worked in conjunction with DPHHS to add their input to the plan.
The six areas DPHHS found to be the highest priority areas are:
• Preventing, identifying and managing chronic diseases;
• Promoting the health of mothers, infants and children;
• Preventing, identifying and controlling communicable disease, preventing injuries and reducing exposure to environmental health hazards;
• Improving mental health and reducing substance abuse; and,
• Strengthening Montana's public health and health care system.
DPHHS has developed strategies for each priority area.
Although DPHHS and the Governor have led the way, it will be a combination of state, local and tribal governments along with private, non-profit and community organizations that will put this plan into action.
"Stay active and eat well; get age appropriate immunizations; take simple steps to prevent injuries; see a healthcare provider regularly; and contribute to and enjoy a healthy environment," Bullock said. "Together we can create a healthier Montana."