Gallatin City-County Board of Health
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Gallatin City-County Board of Health Administrative Staff
- Lori Christenson, Health Officer
- Anna Snyder, Human Services Director
- Travis Horton, Environmental Health Director
Resolution 2021-004 – Appointment of the interim Gallatin City-County Health Officer by the City of Bozeman and Gallatin County Commissions.
Resolution Recommending Appointment of the Gallatin City-County Health Officer by the City of Bozeman and Gallatin County
Gallatin City-County Board of Health Health Officer:
The Gallatin City-County Board of Health finalized its search for a new health officer with an interview process reviewing 13 applicants and three finalists. The Board of Health voted to recommend the appointment of Ms. Lori Christenson as the new Gallatin City-County Health Officer. Ms. Christenson was approved through a unanimous vote by the Gallatin County Commission as well as the City of Bozeman Commission on June 8, 2021.
During the Gallatin County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Zach Brown said, “I fully expect Lori to be a good partner to us, the community, and the county as we work through all the challenges over the next few months.”
Ms. Christenson had been serving as the interim health officer after the departure of former health officer Matt Kelley. She has over 12 years of experience in public health, seven of those at Gallatin City-County Health Department (GCCHD) with her most recent role being the director of Environmental Health Services.
Prior to joining GCCHD, Ms. Christenson worked to address social determinants of health as manager of the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, helping to expand and strengthen programs to address hunger among seniors, children, and others in need.
“The challenges of being the Gallatin City-County Health Officer are not lost on me. Between managing the continued COVID-19 pandemic to ballooning growth in Gallatin County, lots of changes are expected,” said Ms. Christenson. “I’m fully aware there are a lot more needs out there that we haven’t thoroughly understood or addressed, but I’m very excited to meet those challenges and start making great changes in Gallatin County.”
Ms. Christenson has experience managing grants, mass media campaigns, program and prevention management, community leadership and engagement, and she has extensive experience in emergency preparedness taking on numerous leadership roles during the COVID-19 pandemic here in Gallatin County.
Ms. Christenson’s academic achievements include:
- Master’s degree in public health through New Mexico State University in Las Cruces
- Bachelors of science in resource conservation through University of Montana in Missoula
- State of Montana registered sanitarian
About the Board
The City-County Board of Health is created under an Interlocal Agreement between Gallatin County and the City of Bozeman, dated June, 1990, as amended under the Interlocal Agreement dated May 12, 1997, pursuant to the provisions of Section 50-2-106, M.C.A.
The Board is:
- Comprised of nine members serving staggered three-year terms, as follows:
(1) a County Commissioner or representative,
(2) a City Commissioner or representative,
(3) three members appointed by the County Commission,
(4) three members appointed by the City Commission, and
(5) one member appointed jointly by the City and County Commissions.
- Responsible for appointing a Health Officer and ensuring that the necessary qualified staff is employed, within budget constraints
- Responsible for activities ensuring the health of the community, including guarding against the introduction of communicable diseases and providing for the removal of filth that might adversely affect public health.
The Health Department operates under the County and its personnel manual.
For additional information, contact the Gallatin City-County Health Department at (406) 582-3100.