Blaine County's public health nurse resigns

McPherson-Hauer cites negative atmosphere driven by politicization as reason for departure


Last updated 9/23/2021 at 11:32am

Havre Daily News/ Colin Thompson

The Blaine County Health Board conducts a meeting in the Blaine County Courthouse Wednesday. Blaine County Public Health Nurse and County Health Officer Jana McPherson-Hauer, back table on the right, announced her resignation druing the meeting.

A meeting of the Blaine County Board of Health got emotional Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that County Public Health Nurse and Health Officer Jana McPherson-Hauer was resigning effective Oct. 15.

McPherson-Hauer said her resignation was due to the politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic and the damage it has done to her profession through the curtailing of their authority by the Montana Legislature and the daily stress of having the department's expertise, motivation and evidence-based policies questioned, ignored or rejected.

"I do not fit in a system where I must constantly...

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