From Tribal Health Department 

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.”

In his new position, Crawford says that data collection and surveillance are key components of a Sanitarian/Safety Officer, “Thanks to prior work that has been completed by Tribal Health I 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’s of Science in Environmental Science and he has completed the academic portion of an Environmental Studies Masters degree while he currently works on the completion of his thesis.

Prior to working in the Environmental Health field, Crawford worked in various positions in the environmental ecology field.  He also has experience working for Indian Health Service at the Blackfeet Community Hospital in Browning as a Sanitarian/Safety Officer for four years and one year as an Environmental Health Specialist at 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 & Health Administration (OSHA)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Center for Medicaid Services (CMS)

For questions, or to reach Crawford, please call Tribal Health at 406-745-2535. 

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