Public Health Department

Protecting and Improving the Health of Families

Rocky Boy Health Center Public Health Department would like to share the following information to ensure community safety and education. Please visit often and review any educational materials you would like.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What is Breast Cancer?

Breast Cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.

  • One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
  • Each year over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.
  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.

Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.

If you are a woman over 40 years of age, talk to your medical provider about getting a mammogram.

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Flu Season is Coming

Since flu season is right around the corner, it is important to start taking preventative measures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that influenza has annually resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses.

Here are five easy tips for avoiding the flu this year.

  1. Flu Vaccine-the most significant preventative step you can take is to get a flu shot each year.
  2. Keep your hands clean - Given how contagious the flu is, it is important to keep your hands clean as you are touching elevators, doorknobs and other such objects made for public use. Hand sanitizers can be used once or twice a day but the best and most recommended method is to wash your hands regularly.
  3. Good coughing etiquette - Sneezing or coughing out loud will fill the air with aerosols and droplets. Some of those can hang around for a significant amount of time after you've coughed. People should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and correctly dispose of the tissue.
  4. Antiviral Drugs - Flue antiviral drugs are prescription medications (they are not available over the counter). Doctors may prescribe them for someone wh o is already infected, they may also be prescribed as a preventative form of treatment.
  5. Diet and Exercise - Keeping your immune system in good shape can reduce the chance of getting infected and can reduce the severity of illness if you do catch the flu. Exercise is an immune booster.

Flu Shots are available at the Rocky Boy Health Center.

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Public Health Staff

Janet Runnion, RN, DPHN

        Sandra Friede, RN

Rocky Boy Health Board
96 Clinic Road Box Elder,
MT 59501
White Sky Hope Center
96 Clinic Rd
Box Elder, MT 59521
Rocky Boy WIC
96 Clinic Rd
Box Elder, MT 59521
Rocky Boy EMS
96 Clinic Rd
Box Elder, MT 59521
Mission Statement: The Rocky Boy Health Board is committed to provide, maintain, and improve the highest quality of health care delivery systems in the spirit of Self-Governance and Self-Determination.  The Rocky Boy Health Board recognizes and respects the holistic and unique structure of the Chippewa Cree and will remain dedicated to their health needs.