Prevention Services FAQs

What is Prevention Services?

Prevention Services works to prevent disease and injury in our community, promote healthy choices and behaviors, prepare and respond to public health emergencies, investigate disease outbreaks and provide quality health information. Prevention Services raises awareness of these things with public information campaigns throughout the year. Click here to read out newsletter and see some of our campaign materials.

I think my child needs immunizations, but am not sure which ones.

The immunization clinic can help you learn which immunizations you and your child should have. No child is denied immunizations due to inability to pay! CCHD also offers TB testing, pregnancy testing and other lab services. Click here for more information on immunizations at CCHD. Click here to view the CDC immunization schedules for 0-6 years. Click here to view the CDC immunization schedules for 7-18 years.

What are communicable diseases?

Communicable diseases are those that are spread by touch, direct contact or even through the air. it is necessary for Prevention Services staff to track these illnesses to prevent the transmission of disease. Some of the diseases investigated by Prevention Services are Chlamydia, Hepatitis A, B and C, Giardia, Salmonella and Campylobacter. Prevention Services does not provide threatment for communicable diseases, but will provide a referral to the Community Health Care Center or your healthcare provider for treatment. Click here for more information.

What is a public health emergency?

A public health emergency is an occurrence or threat to human health which can be caused by disease epidemics or pandemics, natural disasters, vectorborne diseases, foodborne illness or bioterrorism. Prevention Services’ Emergency Preparedness program develops and sustains public health emergency preparedness and response capabilities for such events and occurences. Click here to learn more.

Can Prevention Services staff help me to quit smoking?

Yes. Prevention Services’ Tobacco Prevention program not only educates the public on the negative health effects of tobacco use, but also gives helpful information and support to those looking to quit smoking. Click here to find out more.

I can’t afford a mammogram. Can Prevention Services help me?

Yes. The Montana Cancer Screening program offers free or low-cost mammograms to those who qualify. You may also qualify for cervical and/or colorectal cancer screenings. Visit the Cancer Control program for more information.

Why should I get tested for HIV?

If you have HIV, your doctor can monitor the disease and help you stay healthy longer with treatment. If you are or become pregnant, you will reduce the risk of passing the infrection to your baby. Knowing your status can help protect others. A test can give you piece of mind, as it is the only way to know for sure if you have HIV. Prevention Services offers free, confidential and anonymous testing. Click here for more information.

I am at risk for heart disease. Can Prevention Services help?

Yes. Prevention Services’ Health Promotion and Wellness program can give you tips for making lifestyle changes that will help you stay healthy. CCHD offers blood pressure checks at no cost and lipid panels to test your cholesterol for a nominal fee. Click here to learn more.

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