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Tribal Health announces new sanitarian/safety officer

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ST. IGNATIUS — Tribal Health announces that Brian Crawford has been hired as the new sanitarian/safety officer. In this position Crawford will be tasked with using his experience and

education to provide a healthy and safe work environment for the community and for Tribal Health employees.

“As a sanitarian I am looking forward to meeting and assisting in any way I can to community members on the Flathead Reservation,” said Crawford.  “And I am especially looking forward to being involved with climate change efforts by CSKT departments, outside organizations, and

community members,” he added. 

In his new position, Crawford says that data collection and surveillance are key components of a sanitarian/safety officer, and thanks to prior work that has been completed by Tribal Health, he can employ trend analysis to assist in prioritizing community needs.

Crawford was born and raised in Browning and is a member of the Blackfeet Tribe.

His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science and he has completed the academic portion of an environmental studies Master’s degree and is currently working to complete his thesis.

Prior to working in the environmental health field, Crawford worked in various positions in the environmental ecology field. He also has four years’ experience working for Indian Health Service at the Blackfeet Community Hospital in Browning as a sanitarian/safety officer and one year as an environmental health specialist in the Bemidji area in Minnesota.

To fulfill position requirements for the sanitarian/safety officer at Tribal Health, Crawford uses some of the applicable guidelines and regulations from these entities: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; National Fire Protection Association; Environmental Protection Agency;

Food and Drug Administration; and Center for Medicaid Services.

If you have questions or wish to reach Crawford, call Tribal Health at 406-745-2535.

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