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Montana Affiliate celebrates 100 years.

The Montana Public Health Association is commemorating its 100th anniversary with a celebration of public health history at its annual meeting, to be held this month.

APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, will kick off the event honoring significant public health events within the Montana Public Health Association and the state. A local historian will lead a trolley tour of public health history, and the Montana Historical Society is working with the APHA Affiliate to create a public health time capsule.

The Montana Public Health Association invited people to speak on the first day of the conference about significant public health developments and events that have occurred over the past 100 years in the state. Topics include fighting outbreaks such as the 1918 influenza pandemic and spotted fever as well as a presentation on Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail, a public health leader who worked for the Indian Health Service and supported health care for indigenous peoples.

The APHA Affiliate's centennial also serves as an opportunity to reflect on its more recent successes. Montana Public Health Association Executive Director Lora Wier pointed to the organization's infrastructure grant received in 2006, which led to growth and streamline operations. She also noted that the Affiliate was awarded the first David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health by APHA in 2012.

"As a result of having a good infrastructure in place and governance ... we have raised our profile in the state of Montana and have increased the relationships that we have with other organizations that help us move public health forward," Wier, an APHA member, told The Nation's Health.

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Author:Haskins, Julia
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Sep 1, 2018
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