Public Health

Public Health Nurse
County-wide health services, including immunization clinics, communicable disease surveillance, and emergency preparedness services are administered by the Ravalli County Public Health Department. Community health nurses also plan and coordinate community and school health programs. 

County Health Officer
The Board of Health appoints the County Health Officer who is a physician, or who has a Master’s Degree in Public Health, or who has equivalent and appropriate experience. The duties include investigation and in so far as possible, control of sources of communicable and environmental disease and dangers to the public health. Dr. Carol Calderwood is the Ravalli County Health Officer.

Board of Health
Montana law authorizes counties to form a Board of Health to supervise public health matters. General supervision of health boards is the responsibility of the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.

The Ravalli County Board of Health consists of one County Commissioners and four members appointed by the County Commissioners for staggered three-year terms.

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month in the Commissioner's Meeting Room in the Administration Building at 215 South 4th Street in Hamilton. The Health Officer, the Health Nurse, and the Environmental Health Office (Sanitarian) report on their activities at each meeting. A citizen must contact the Commissioners Office at 375-6500 at least five days before a regularly scheduled meeting to place an item on the agenda.
 
Board of Health By Laws Reso 3145
 
Board of Health By Laws Reso 966  
   
Family Planning Services
Ravalli County Title X Family Planning Services ceased September 30, 2013. The Ravalli County Commissioners voted on September 6, 2013 to reject funding to operate this clinic.

The nearest facility offering Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services on a sliding fee scale based on your family income and size is Planned Parenthood of Missoula, 219 E. Main St. The telephone number is 406-728-5490. Please call Ravalli County Public Health at 406-375-6672 for assistance with transfer of your records to Planned Parenthood or other health care provider of your choice.