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Published February 4, 2020

What is Health in the 406?

Health in the 406 is a regular communication by the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) on a variety of health topics designed to raise awareness of issues that impact the daily lives of Montanans.

Why is Health in the 406 important?

We want people to “See Public Health Differently”.  Traditionally, public health brings to mind vaccinations, motor-vehicle safety, and control of infectious disease.  We continue to do important work in these areas, however, public health is so much more than what traditionally comes to mind.  It is a partnership of individuals and organizations that touches all of us from birth to death.  It’s not just something that our state and local health departments ‘do’, we all have an important role in public health.  Health in the 406 are simple, quick messages to help individuals know how to protect their health and the community around them.

Who is Health in the 406 intended for?

Health in the 406 is intended for everyone, all Montanans, their families, friends and those visiting our great state.  This resource provides Montanans with health, wellness and prevention resources that are available in their community and surrounding area.

What topics will be covered?

Health in the 406 covers a variety of public health issues.  Currently we have messages on sudden cardiac arrest, disability employment, the clean indoor air act, safe routes to School, and more.  If there is a topic you’d like to hear about email us at

Where can we find the Health in the 406 information?

Visit our website to view current or archived messages and to sign up for these eblasts to come right in your inbox.  Also, you can follow us on or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @Health406.

Example of a Recent Health in the 406 Message

Winter travel
  • In 2017 about 9% of fatal crashes in Montana occurred during rainy or snowy conditions; being prepared for winter driving can help keep you safe.
  • Keep your car maintained, follow safe driving practices (such as turning off your cruise control), and keep a  winter weather kit in the car.
  • Before heading out, prepare for your drive by checking Montana road conditions, and remember, don’t crowd the plow!
Linda Krantz  |  MT Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Bureau  |  406.444.4105 |