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December 2015

MPHA Fall Conference Held in Bozeman, MT 
The Best Western Grantree Inn played host to the annual MPHA Fall Conference on October 13-14. This year's theme was "Strengthening Communities, Promoting Health". The 2-day conference featured keynote speakers, breakout sessions, vendors, and 125 registered participants. 
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MPHA Recognizes Outstanding Public Health Professionals at the Fall Conference
MPHA recognized and celebrated five individuals and one organization on October 13 at the MPHA Annual Conference and Meeting for the work they are doing to advance the public's health. 
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Health Coalition in Lewis & Clark County Awarded $125,000 to Combat Chronic Disease

 The Healthy Communities Coalition received a "Plan4Health" grant from the American Planning Association to address chronic disease through improving access to nutritious food and physical activity.
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MPHA joined social media trends with the hashtag #MPHA2015. We asked conference attendees to write down what public health meant to them and then took their pictures holding their responses. Jenn Donovan, public health nurse from Mineral County proclaims that Public Health is Everything! 





MPHA Awarded Grant from APHA


APHA was pleased to inform MPHA that their proposal to support public health accreditation activities has been approved for funding.

As part of APHA’s ongoing efforts to build capacity of Affiliates, they awarded grant funding to thirteen applicants with demonstrated ability to implement activities to promote accreditation readiness among health departments.

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MPHA Member Engagement Survey

The Advocacy and Policy Committee is in the process of developing a survey that has been specifically designed to create a baseline understanding of the willingness of MPHA members to engage in legislative advocacy activities. 

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Next year's MPHA Fall Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Billings, MT on September 27-28, 2016. We hope to see you there!


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The next issue of the MPHA Newsletter will be published in March 2016. If you would like to submit a story idea or announcement, please email

Emily Colomeda at 

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