Under Montana law, a city-county board of health is required to “identify, assess, prevent and ameliorate conditions of public health importance.” The board’s duty is to “protect the public from spread of communicable disease or other conditions of public health importance.”

The Board of Health is responsible for regulating and inspecting food services, septic and sewage systems, pools open to the public, and tattoo and body-piercing establishments.

In addition to public health, RiverStone Health provides other vital community services, for example:

• Montana Family Medicine Residency, which has 24 new physicians in training for primary care – Montana’s greatest need. Eighty-seven of our residency graduates are practicing in Montana.

• Community Health Center Clinics at 123 S. 27th St., at Orchard Elementary, Medicine Crow Middle School, two Healthcare for the Homeless locations in downtown Billings, and rural clinics in Worden, Bridger and Joliet. These nationally accredited clinics offer primary care, mental health care, addiction treatment, dental care and patient support for healthy exercise and nutrition. Patients receive needed services regardless of their ability to pay.

• Home Care, which serves patients recently released from the hospital or needing physician-ordered care in their own homes.