Public health

Contested water settlements inflamed the Navajo Nation’s health crisis
Contested water settlements inflamed the Navajo Nation’s health crisis
Colonial laws and federal neglect created a worse-case scenario during a global pandemic.
Who’s looking out for elders on the Navajo Nation?
Who’s looking out for elders on the Navajo Nation?
A reporter documents lack of food and harsh conditions for many Diné elderly, and few willing to take responsibility.
Utah housing advocates take on a cost crisis made worse by COVID-19
Utah housing advocates take on a cost crisis made worse by COVID-19
A new fund aims to acquire properties and maintain them at affordable rents.
Hunters and anglers need to get the lead out
Hunters and anglers need to get the lead out
Lead ammunition and fishing gear poison ecosystems — and dinner tables.
As Montana ages, community can help combat loneliness
As Montana ages, community can help combat loneliness
Fostering connections boosts elders’ physical as well as mental health.
Counties lacking mental health providers turn to technology
Counties lacking mental health providers turn to technology
A Montana clinic’s telemedicine network helps far-away patients receive care.
In a state troubled by suicide, teens learn mental health skills
In a state troubled by suicide, teens learn mental health skills
A Swedish program takes root in Montana classrooms.
How a Montana school is combating bullying and suicide
How a Montana school is combating bullying and suicide
An assembly acknowledges elementary students’ pain and teaches them to speak up.
The lifelong consequences of childhood trauma
The lifelong consequences of childhood trauma
Harrowing experiences can spark health issues and substance abuse into adulthood.
What gun shops can do to help prevent suicide
What gun shops can do to help prevent suicide
Montana’s arms dealers could learn from a model in New Hampshire.
Montanans must rely on each other in crisis
Montanans must rely on each other in crisis
A network of local providers steps in as vital mental health centers close.
Suicide and loss: A mother reflects on her son’s death
Suicide and loss: A mother reflects on her son’s death
In 2016, when Jack Pierre ended his life, Montana’s suicide rate led the nation.
Neighbors on call to help care for one another
Neighbors on call to help care for one another
Community health programs are thriving in Haiti, Montana and the Navajo Nation.
Montana lacks money to treat its most vulnerable residents
Montana lacks money to treat its most vulnerable residents
Patients with developmental disabilities and mental illness fall through the state’s health care gaps.
A curriculum to help students build healthy relationships
A curriculum to help students build healthy relationships
In Montana, middle-schoolers are learning the importance of resiliency and support.
Montana teens organize to prevent suicides
Montana teens organize to prevent suicides
‘Students have decided that to make change, we need to be the change.’
You know CPR — what about mental health first aid?
You know CPR — what about mental health first aid?
Training peers to recognize risks and warning signs can help prevent suicide.
‘Recovery is possible — and we’re examples of it’
‘Recovery is possible — and we’re examples of it’
Peer support from the recently recovered helps those in active addiction.
Montana is losing essential mental health services
Montana is losing essential mental health services
As the state’s mental health system faces an uncertain future, experts encourage crisis prevention.
In Southern California, the car still reigns
In Southern California, the car still reigns
The anxieties of trying to lower emissions in Los Angeles’ sprawl.
Trump’s coal and nuclear bailout helps execs and hurts the grid
Trump’s coal and nuclear bailout helps execs and hurts the grid
In a heavy-handed directive, the Department of Energy caters to industry barons.
Extreme heat is killing people who lack shelter
Extreme heat is killing people who lack shelter
Climate change is worsening the threats that homeless populations face.
We need to fix up roads and bridges — not mines
We need to fix up roads and bridges — not mines
Federal officials may add mining to a law that fast-tracks infrastructure permitting.
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