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Montana Public Health Association celebrates 100 years

Posted at 8:33 AM, Sep 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-19 10:33:36-04

HELENA – The Montana Public Health Association is celebrating 100 years with about 250 public and environmental health officials meeting in Helena this week.

The meeting allows health experts to collaborate on research, ideas, and strategies for improving public and environmental health.

The conference also allows officials an opportunity for additional training.

This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Georges Benjamin with the American Public Health Association and Dr. Dean Sienko.

Dr. Benjamin presented on “The future of Public Health”, which mentions important factors, like how public and environmental health is delivered. He has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential professionals in healthcare.

“People in public health are got their heads down and working hard each and every day. But when you get people — bring people together — like this, they get to exchange ideas,” Dr. Bejnamin said. “They get to hear what their colleagues are doing. They learn new things to do and they learn things not to do.”

This marks the first time in five years that the conference is being held in Helena which provides state leaders the opportunity to join the discussions.

-Mercedies Pruneda reporting for MTN News