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Have a Media Inquiry?
Contact Allyson Hagen, 406.444.3160

Health Enhancement Division

  • Karin Billings, Administrator, Health Enhancement Division, 406.444.0829
  • Tracy Moseman, Director – Coordinated School Health Unit, 406.444.3000
  • Susan Court, Program Specialist – HIV/STD Prevention Education, Health & Physical Education, 406.444.3178
  • Mary Ellen Earnhardt, Education Program Representative – 21st Century Learning Centers, 406.444.3519
  • Amanda Domino, Data Control Specialist – 21st Century Learning Centers, 406.444.1964
  • Kris Minard, Program Specialist - Tobacco Prevention & Education, 406.444.0785
  • Fran Penner-Ray, Director – Traffic Education/Montana DRIVE, 406.444.4396
  • Patti Borneman, Program Specialist – Traffic Education/Montana DRIVE, 406.444.4432
  • Marion Erp, Data Control Specialist – Health Enhancement, Suspension/Expulsion Data Collection, 406.444.1951
  • Leona Wetherall, Administrative Assistant, Coordinated School Health, 406.444.0751

Wellness Policy - Montana Team Nutrition Program

Internet Connection Issues

  • OPI Internet Services - 444.1626
  • Steve Meredith, Bureau Chief
  • Janet Andrew, Web Developer, METNET Administrator
  • Lisa Dwyer, Web Developer

Health Enhancement & Safety Division

The Health Enhancement Division includes most of OPI's "health-related" programs. Units within the Division include School Nutrition Programs, Traffic Education, and Coordinated School Health.

This Division encourages school programs designed to prevent major health problems and health-risk behaviors among youth and to facilitate students achieving their maximum potential.

Montana Standards for Health Enhancement




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Coordinated School Health

State education and health agencies play important roles in supporting coordinated school health. OPI and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) work collaboratively on developing infrastructure to effectively promote coordinated school health education programs.

The priorities of the program are to:

  • provide support for Montana schools and to improve the capability of schools to provide effective, appropriate and culturally relevant school health education programs to students, and
  • implement an organizational structure with the state education agency and the state health agency that will provide leadership and coordination for school health education programs that are designed to prevent health risk behaviors and health problems.

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) has issued an important policy clarification document that will have positive impacts on physical education programming for students with disabilities. Creating Equal Opportunities for Children and Youth to Participate in Physical Education and Extracurricular Athletics

Schools and families have essential roles to play in promoting children’s positive development and academic performance. When educators and parents work together as partners, they create important opportunities for children to develop social, emotional, and academic competencies. School-family partnership strategies to enhance children’s social, emotional, and academic growth

The U.S. Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Administration has developed two resources for parents in regards to teens using prescription and over-the-counter medications to get high. Along with their web site, , they have published Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine , which lists steps parents can take to keep their teens drug free.

The Safe and Supportive Schools TA Center is operated for U.S. ED’s OSDFS by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in collaboration with Child Trends; The Search Institute; Vision Training Associates; and Decision Information Resources, Inc.

School Wellness Policy
Successful, Safe and Healthy Students

SAMHSA and the Ad Council recently launched a new series of national public service advertisements (PSAs) to encourage parents to talk to their children about drinking alcohol at an early age.
A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that inhalants trail only alcohol among the substances used by 12-year-olds to get high.
HIV/AIDS/STD Prevention Education
Resources for CSH Components

Net Cetera – A Guide for Parents with Kids Online
Federal and Private Agencies/Associations partner to release "Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids about being Online" - a guide for parents, teachers and other mentors. On Guard Online recently released Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online, a guide for parents, teachers and other mentors with practical tips to help kids navigate the online world safely.  Net Cetera covers a variety of topics – from cyber bullying to file-sharing – as well as where to go for more information and issues to raise with kids about living their lives online.  Read it in English or in Spanish. On Guard provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.  Federal Agencies that participate in On Guard Online are: Federal Trade Commission, Office of Justice Programs, Homeland Security, IRS, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Department of Commerce, SEC, NCIS, Army Criminal Investigation Command, FDIC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, FCC, U.S. Department of Education, and the Information Assurance Support Environment.  In addition, 22 Associations and agencies are members.
Net Cetera is free and in the public domain.  To order copies to share with schools and community go to:

Operation Millitary Kids Montana
Military OneSource Service Provider
Military OneSource Newsletter - October is Health Relationships Month

New Army School Behavioral (Mental) Health Manual
This new manual was developed for three primary purposes:
1) To assist installations in more rapidly building school behavioral health programs and services,
2) To increase the likelihood that these services are effective in achieving valued outcomes, including improving student school success, military family adjustment, and soldier readiness, and
3) To promote standardization in implementation and evaluation across sites to help increase the capacity and impact of the initiative.
If you are interested in learning more about School Behavioral Health and/or wish to download a copy of the School Behavioral Health Operation Guide, please visit: or contact Ms. Mona Johnson at

Parents' Military Deployment May Harm Kids' Mental Health--Longer Service Duration Raises Risk that Children will Develop Stress, Behavioral Problems, Anxiety

Children with a parent on long-term military deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan are at increased risk for mental health problems, new research suggests. In the study, published in the July 4 online edition of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, researchers examined the medical records of 307,520 U.S. children, aged 5 to 17, who had at least one parent on active duty in the U.S. Army and received outpatient care between 2003 and 2006.

During that time period, nearly 17 percent of the children were diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The most common conditions were depression, behavioral problems, anxiety, stress and sleep disorders, the investigators found.

More than 62 percent of the children's parents were deployed at least once during the study period, with deployments averaging 11 months. Mental health problems were more likely to be diagnosed among children who had a parent who was deployed at least once to Iraq or Afghanistan. The risk of a mental health problem among the children rose with increased length of parents' deployment.

"We observed a clear dose-response pattern such that children of parents who spent more time deployed between 2003 and 2006 fared worse than children whose parents were deployed for a shorter duration," wrote Alyssa J. Mansfield, then of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, now of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Honolulu, and colleagues. "Similar to findings among military spouses, prolonged deployment appears to be taking a mental health toll on children."

In an accompanying commentary, Dr. Stephen J. Cozza, from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md., noted that as of 2009, 44 percent of active duty military members have children (an estimated total of 1.2 million children), in addition to 43 percent of Reserve and National Guard members. Since 2001, about 2 million U.S. military personnel have deployed at least once.

The study provides "an important contribution to our understanding of a child's health and its relationship to parental combat deployment," Cozza said in a journal news release.

"Brief screening for anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, academic difficulties, peer relational problems, or high-risk behaviors (such as substance misuse or unsafe sexual practices) is warranted and will help identify treatment needs," Cozza concluded.

For more information, The U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine offers tips for supporting children of a military parent who is deploying. Please visit: .

SOURCE: July 2011 Safe Schools, Healthy Students Newsletter, National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention


 The U.S. Department of Defense presents the January/February edition of the Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) eMagazine!  From preparing a healthy meal using simple ingredients purchased at a local commissary to improving financial fitness through taking the Military Saves challenge, this issue of the eMagazine focuses on the programs and services available to assist our military community in maintaining their own personal health and well-being. 


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Montana School Health Profiles
The School Health Profiles is a biennial survey conducted by state and local education and health agencies at the middle/junior high school and senior high school levels.  The survey helps monitor a variety of policies related to school health education.
Montana Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
The YRBS is a bi-annual survey which assists educators and health professionals in determining the prevalence of health-risk behaviors as self-reported by Montana youth. 

Get 60 Minutes
Did you know that less than half of youth get the recommended 60 minutes of daily vigorous to moderate-level physical activity? A new interactive infographic from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) shows how students can meet those requirements, based on recommendations from the 2013 IOM report Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School.

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School Health Profiles

The School Health Profiles helps state and district education and health agencies monitor the current status of school health education; school health policies related to HIV infection/AIDS, tobacco use prevention, unintentional injuries and violence, physical activity, and food service; physical education; asthma management activities; and family and community involvement in school health programs. State and local education and health agencies conduct the survey biennially at the middle/junior high school and senior high school levels in their states or districts, respectively.

Tobacco Use Prevention and Education

Tobacco Free Zone

The Montana Office of Public Instruction School Tobacco Use Prevention and Education program provides technical assistance and resources to Montana school districts through coordination with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The purpose of the program is to:

  • Expand and strengthen the capacity of local education agencies to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use in coordination with the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program.
  • Provide technical assistance to public schools by promoting compliance of the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act and in the development of comprehensive tobacco free school policies.

Media Literacy (To download the following information please go to OPI's main website Subscribe on ITunes) iTunes U
Introduction to Media Literacy
Discussion Guides 101, 2, 3, & 4
Media Examples 1, 2, 3, & 4

Kris Minard, Program Specialist - Tobacco Prevention & Education, 406.444.0785
Tracy Moseman, Director – Coordinated School Health Unit, 406.444.3000

Montana Tobacco Free School Districts of Excellence (MAP)

Montana School System-Districts with Comprehensive Tobacco Free School Policy (list by District)
A Guide to Comprehensive Tobacco Free School Policy – A Resource for Montana Schools 2012
This edition of MTSBA Policy Notes provides an explanation of the changes to mandatory, recommended, and optional policies contained in the MTSBA Master Policy Manual.

Board of Public Education – Position Statement on Tobacco-Free School Policy (May 13, 2005)

Introduction to Media Literacy

Prezi created by Rob Reynolds, Technology & Learning Coordinator, Eureka Public Schools Download Media Literacy Kits from their toolbox Free resources from the Federal Trade Commission

The Center for Media Literacy provides you with a wide selection of teaching tools, carefully evaluated for their quality and importance to the field.


National Centers for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC)

National School Boards Association

State Resources Available to Others:

American Cancer Society

American Heart Association

American Legacy Foundation

American Lung Association
Smoking prevention and cessation programs for teens and on asthma education and indoor air quality through their Not On Tobacco program

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) lists tobacco-related materials

Department of Defense's Quit Tobacco – Make Everyone Proud Campaign (Preventive Medicine's Tobacco Cessation Program was implemented to help soldiers quit their addition to tobacco)

Healthy Youth!

Kick Butts Day

My Last Dip offers programs to help chewing tobacco users quit, including one specially designed for chewers age 14-25.

National African American Tobacco Education Network provides resources on tobacco-use prevention specific to African American communities and populations, including materials for physicians and dentists.

National Association of Local Boards of Health

National Association for Media Literacy Education

National Spit Tobacco Education Network (NSTEP), Oral Health America's National Spit Tobacco Education Program, has both print and video materials available on the dangers of spit tobacco.

Tar Wars
Supported by the American Academy of Family Physicians, targets fourth- and fifth-graders with an award-winning education program and poster contest. Classroom presentations and program guides are available for teachers and presenters, as well as posters and merchandise.

The Badvertising Institute

Through With Chew

Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California

Tobacco Free U, from the BACCHUS Network, provides resources and information for college students working on tobacco prevention and policies.

Tobacco News and Information

World Health Organization