CCHD hires new Public Health Officer

Joe Briggs, Chairman of the Cascade County Board of County Commissioners, announced the recent hiring of Trisha Gardner as the Cascade City-County Health Officer.

Trisha Gardner, Cascade County’s new Public Health Officer (effective 12/02/2019)

Gardner’s responsibilities will include the supervision of more than 40 employees in the Cascade City-County Health Department who play an important role in helping county residents achieve and maintain health and safety. The staff at the Health Department provides the following valuable services:

  • Administration works collectively to ensure fiscal responsibility and transparency; public health preparedness efforts are developed, exercised and implemented; accreditation is maintained; and communication with the public is accomplished in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Environmental Health Services focuses on providing a healthy and safe environment for residents through education, monitoring, inspections, and enforcement of state laws and regulations related to food service and other licensed public establishments, septic system permitting, water quality, subdivision review, air quality, and rabies prevention.
  • Prevention Services is engaged in preventing the spread of disease or injury in the community through immunizations; promotion of healthy choices and behaviors; investigating infectious disease outbreaks; and providing quality health information, education and connection to resources.
  • Family Health Services is aimed at enhancing the health and safety of families, pregnant women, and children in our community by providing free home visiting services, nutrition education, lactation support, parenting classes, car seats, assisting with accessing health care coverage, other community resources.

Ms. Gardner has been a CCHD employee for ten years and held positions with increasing responsibility throughout those years. She has experience with accreditation, grant writing & oversight, program administration, quality assurance and improvement, staff supervision, and a high level of knowledge regarding the rules and regulations applicable to Public Health. Most recently, she has been employed as the Interim Prevention Services Division Manager/Privacy Officer for CCHD. Her knowledge and experience working with the leaders of the City-County Health Department and community partners have given her a broad understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Health Department. “Trisha Gardner has been a key member of our CCHD leadership team for several years and we are excited to have her step into the role of Public Health Officer and department head of the CCHD.”

Gardner, a native of Great Falls, has a B.S. in Psychology from the State University of New York-Brockport, a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Montana State University-Billings, and a certificate in Public Health Management from the University of Washington Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.