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Michael D. Geurin

Michael D. Geurin

Are you curious to learn what exactly your health department and community health center do for the community? Come visit us at the 2018 RiverStone Health Showcase on June 12 and see for yourself.

The showcase is set up like an academic poster fair — imagine a science fair, but instead of demonstrations of erupting volcanoes and vegetable batteries, displays focus on the work we do for the residents of Yellowstone County and the surrounding areas.

RiverStone Health’s work revolves around the principle of “HELP.” We strive to help our community, but the HELP acronym also describes our programs and services:

  • Health includes our medical clinics, dental clinic, home care, hospice and other clinical services.
  • Education includes our family medicine residency program and dental residency program, as well as internships and educational services for medical, physician assistant, pre-med and K-12 students.
  • Leadership includes community leadership and advocacy for the health of Yellowstone County and Montana residents.
  • Protection includes our public health, disease prevention and family health services.

Our showcase includes posters in all four areas. Visitors will also be able to vote for the showcase’s most outstanding poster.

In the category of health, past posters have focused on immunizations, improving outcomes for patients with mental illness, integrating clinical pharmacists, and using osteopathic manipulative therapy for muscle and skeletal pain during pregnancy. This year, showcase visitors will learn about alcohol use disorder treatment, improving dental health at Orchard School and improving colorectal cancer screening.

Under the banner of education, posters in previous years focused on the evaluation of family medicine resident physicians, school partnerships and reACT clubs, and rural education access through HealthCARE Montana. This year, we will showcase the health professional development pipeline in Eastern Montana, improving shoulder injection training and peer-reviewed publications by the physicians of the Montana Family Medicine Residency.

Past “Leadership” posters focused on employee service recognition and messaging through the Health Alert Network. This year, we will showcase the planning and design of the new, state-of-the-art RiverStone Health Clinic in the Ballard Center, and plant-based nutrition advocacy in Billings.

Past protection topics included maternal child health home visiting, managing a salmonella outbreak, the Healthy By Design Gardeners’ Market, our Diabetes Prevention Program, reducing lead exposure, and hazardous chemicals and school laboratory safety. This year, showcase visitors can learn about Billings Breastfeeds and the transformation of our public health services.

Join us from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, in the Lil Anderson Center on the RiverStone Health campus to learn about these and other projects in our service to Yellowstone County.

Michael D. Geurin, MD, FAAFP, Director of Research & Scholarly Activity at the Montana Family Medicine Residency at RiverStone Health, can be reached at 247.3306.