The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has launched a new podcast called Talking Health in the 406.

The podcast focuses on powerful stories and impactful conversations about health issues and wellness.


“All Montanans, their family, friends, and those visiting the state can learn from the messages in each episode,” said Jennifer Van Syckle, Health Education Specialist and host of the first Talking Health in the 406 podcast series.

Sharing adventures, challenges, and lessons learned while managing life’s hurdles, including chronic conditions, Talking Health in the 406 is a podcast aimed at helping all Montanans. These discussions show how much community support impacts health and wellbeing.

“Chronic conditions, like diabetes, are a part of the podcasts’ focus,” Van Syckle said. “It also spotlights topics which affect all of us, such as local Emergency Medical Services, living with disabilities, and air quality.”

Butte native Melissa House is the first podcast guest. Her episodes begin with a childhood diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes and concludes with the story of becoming a double organ transplant survivor. She shares how she found community resources and support to learn to care for herself. This care and support from her community was a big part of her success living with diabetes.

Talking Health in the 406 can be found wherever you listen to your podcasts. For more information visit

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