Wyoming Department of Health
401 Hathaway Building, Cheyenne WY 82002
Voice: (307) 777-7656
Toll Free: 1-866-571-0944
Fax: (307) 777-7439
Important Note About Department Reorganization - Many organizational and staff changes are underway at the Wyoming Department of Health. While we are working toward updating our website to reflect these changes, there may be some inconsistencies in the interim.
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The Aging Division’s mission is to provide a flexible and responsive continuum of services that enable aging-in-place with maximum dignity and independence. The division provides the following services to older and disabled adults, and to the aging network: funding and technical assistance to senior centers and other service providers; acting as a focal point for the aging network and aging issues; and administering federal and state money that funds the following programs: Older Americans Act programs (supportive services, nutrition, health promotion and disease prevention, caregiver support, elder rights/legal assistance/ombudsman), community-based in-home services, and volunteer programs. The division also administers other important services, including Medicaid programs, aimed at providing older residents the means to live healthy and independent lives, and to access needed long-term care services.
Senior Administrator, Heather Babbitt (307) 777-7995
Senior Services, Tim Ernst
Office Assistant, Shirley Guiberson (307) 777-7995
Suite 186A, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd., Cheyenne WY 82002 Fax (307) 777-5340
Community-Based In-Home Services Timothy Ernst, (307) 777-6102, Suite 186C, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Assistance with personal care, household tasks and other services that help older and physically disabled adults to remain living at home.
Community and Core Program Debbie Walter, (307) 777-5048; Suite 186C, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. State support for National Senior Service Corps programs, which keep seniors active and contributing members of their communities; SAMS database; Aging and Disability Resource Center manager.
National Family Caregiver Support Program Jeanne Scheneman, (307) 777-8566, Suite 186C, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Provides a wide array of services to assist family caregivers in their efforts to take care of ill and/or disabled family members at home.
Nutrition Programs Joan Franklin, (307) 777-7988, Suite 186C, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Programs that help to maintain the nutritional status of older citizens, both in congregate and home settings.
Supportive Services Betty Sones, (307) 777-6321, Suite 186C, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. A variety of services that help seniors remain living independently in their communities. Services include transportation, senior center operations, outreach, education, socialization activities, and much more.
Phone (307) 777-7123 Fax (307) 777-7127 Suite 400, Qwest Building, 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Cheyenne WY 82002 State licensure, federal certification, and complaint investigation for Wyoming facilities. The office also reviews preliminary architectural plans for the renovation of existing healthcare facilities and the construction of new facilities.
Manager, Ron Pearson, M.H.A., C.F.A.A.M.A. (307) 777-3644
Office Assistant, Joyce Bailey (307) 777-6466
Facility Construction, (307) 777-7123
Licensure and Certification, Tammy Schmitt (307) 777-7124
The Veterans' Home is a licensed, 117-bed assisted-living facility. The home was founded to meet the needs, excluding nursing home and/or hospital care, of veterans who have served in the armed forces and their spouses.
Administrator, Thomas McClain (307) 684-5511
Executive Secretary, Laure Walter (307) 684-5511
700 Veterans’ Lane, Buffalo WY 82834 Fax (307) 684-7636
The Wyoming Pioneer Home is a licensed, 108-bed assisted-living facility. It provides a home for Wyoming retired citizens regardless of their financial assets, who no longer wish to maintain a residence, or are unable to do so.
Facility Operations Manager, Sharon Skiver (307) 864-3151
Secretary, Cassie Melin (307) 864-3151
141 Pioneer Home Drive, Thermopolis WY 82443 Fax (307) 864-2934
The Wyoming Retirement Center is a licensed, 90-bed skilled nursing care facility. It provides 24-hour multi disciplinary healthcare services, including care for Alzheimer victims and clients with aggressive behaviors.
Facility Operations Manager, Anita Cox-Mills (307) 568-2431
Secretary, Cynthia Brown (307) 568-2431
890 Highway 20, Basin WY 82410 Fax (307) 568-3887
Behavioral Health Division
Senior Administrator, Chris Newman, M.H.A. (307) 777-6494
Executive Assistant, Elisha Sprong, (307) 777-7940
Suite 220, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, WY 82002 Fax (307) 777-5849
The Behavioral Health Division Developmental Disabilities Programs mission is to provide funding and guidance responsive to the needs of at least 3,700 people with developmental disabilities or acquired brain injury, to live, work, and learn in Wyoming communities. Individuals with developmental disabilities range in age from infants and toddlers to senior adults. These individuals may have an intellectual disability, or a closely-related condition, or other developmental disability. Individuals with acquired brain injury can qualify for services if they are between the ages of 21 and 65 and meet eligibility requirements. The division is headquartered in Cheyenne, with additional area resource personnel located in Buffalo, Casper, Cody, Evanston, Lander, Rock Springs, and Wheatland. The division has overall supervision of the developmental disability community programs in Wyoming and the Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander.
Senior Administrator, Chris Newman (307) 777-7460
Executive Secretary, Dani Sullivan (307) 777-7359
Deputy Administrator, Joe Simpson (307) 777-7460
Policy and Research Analyst, Jamie Staunton (307) 777-5660
Suite 220, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd., Cheyenne WY 82002 Fax (307) 777-6047
Adult Acquired Brain Injury Home and Community-Based Waiver Beverly Swistowicz, (307) 777-3321, Suite 186E, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd., Suite 186E. Services are provided to keep adults with acquired brain injury in Wyoming communities.
Adult DD Home and Community-Based Waiver Beverly Swistowicz, (307) 777-3321, Suite 186E, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Services keep developmental disabled adults in Wyoming communities.
Children’s Home and Community-Based Waiver Beverly Swistowicz, (307) 777-3321, Suite 186E, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Serves children with mental retardation, birth through age 20, with services designed to keep them in their home communities.
Early Intervention and Education Preschool Services Sara Mofield, (307) 777-6972, Suite 186E, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Focuses on the early identification of children birth to age 5 with developmental delays or disabilities so that intervention services (birth through age two) or special education preschool services (three through five years of age) can be provided to address the identified delays or disabilities.
Respite Care Tammy Edlefsen, (307) 777-3443, Suite 186E, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Provides a rest for parents apart from their children who have developmental disabilities birth through 20 years of age.
The Wyoming Life Resource Center is a state-supported facility under the Department of Health, providing care and learning opportunities to individuals with developmental, cognitive and/or physical disabilities. The program for persons with developmental disabilities is a certified Intermediate Care Facility/MR facility. The WLRC mission is to support each person served to lead a fulfilling life that is founded on practical skills, inclusion, new experiences, and choices based on interests and abilities. The Acquired Brain Injury Unit, the Visions Program, provides residential and therapeutic services to people with challenging medical, physical or behavioral problems resulting from their brain injury. Other services available at WLRC are Restorative Therapies including a durable medical equipment program, medical and dental services, and other allied health services.
Administrator, Virginia Wright (307) 335-6891
Executive Secretary, Stephanie Filibeck (307) 335-6891
8204 Highway 789, Lander WY 82520-9499 Fax (307) 335-6990
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Administrator, Alice Russler (307) 777-7940
Senior Office Assistant, Elisha Sprong (307) 777-7940
Office Assistant, Linda Briley (307) 777-7116
Community Services Coordinator, Marilyn Patton (307) 777-7071
Community Services and Treatment Manager, Vacant (307) 777-7110
Fiscal and Contract Manager, Jenny Dockter (307) 777-7934
Research and Data Manager, Marla Smith (307) 777-7903
Suite 220, Qwest Bldg, 6101 Yellowstone Rd., Cheyenne WY 82002 Fax (307) 777-5849
Childrens Mental Health Shawna Pena (307) 777-5828, Suite 220, Qwest Bldg, 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Monitor and oversee children and youth mental health and substance abuse related services.
Childrens Mental Health Waiver Sarah Compton (307) 777-3352, Suite 220, Qwest Bldg, 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Program designed to keep youth with serious emotional disturbance in the home communities and to strengthen family skills to support childrens needs and reduce or prevent hospital stays and custody relinquishments.
Consumer Initiative Janet Jares (307) 777-8515, Suite 220, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Promotes and facilitates consumer advocacy, consumer and family involvement in treatment planning and implementation, and ensures consumer voices are heard.
Court Supervised Treatment Programs (Drug Court) Enid White, (307) 777-6494, Suite 220, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Facilitates the development of adult and juvenile drug courts, and collaboration of state/local judicial, substance abuse treatment, corrections, and law enforcement. Coordinates development of a case management data system unique to drug courts through the Wyoming Statistical Analysis Center.
Data and Research Unit Marla Smith(307) 777-7903, Suite 220, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Serves as a central point of mental health and substance abuse data collection and reporting, research, quality management, program evaluation, and division website support.
Medicaid Behavioral Health Lisa Brockman, RN, (307) 777-7326, Suite 220, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Epidemiology vacant, (307) 777-6492, Suite 220, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Collects and analyzes data for various public health surveillance systems that monitor and assess the health status and its determinants for substance abusing adults, at-risk children and adolescents, and families.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Research , 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Conducts research studies and works with communities in identifying needs and strategies for public substance abuse and mental health programs.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Vacant, (307) 777-3364, Suite 220, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Plans, implements and monitors mental health and substance abuse services. Includes services for children, adolescents, and elderly populations. Provides technical assistance to mental health and substance abuse programs throughout the state.
Mental Health Block Grant Portia Peterson, (307) 777-6693, Suite 220, Qwest Bldg., 6101 N. Yellowstone Rd. Responsible for writing state plan, facilitating the Mental Health Planning Council, and assuring compliance with federal regulations.
Substance Abuse Prevention and Community Services (307) 777-6494, Suite 220, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Works with local prevention providers and statewide organizations to build state and local capacity; addresses policies, practices, and processes that affect substance use; and utilizes data to evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts.
Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to Reduce Misuse of Alcohol, Keith Hotle (307) 777-3318
Tobacco Program Coordinator, Joe D'Eufemia (307) 777-6494
Prevention Block Grant Coordinator, Felicia Guitierrez (307) 777-3357
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training, Joe D'Eufemia (307) 777-6494
Tobacco Prevention: Wyoming through Chew, Erica Mathews(307) 777-6463
Tobacco Cessation, Kathi Wilson (307) 777-6494
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Felicia Gutierrez, (307) 777-3357, Suite 220, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Responsible for meeting federal requirements in coordinating, preparing, and submitting the treatment and prevention sections of the Block Grant as required by SAMHSA.
Substance Abuse Program Certification (Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services) Mary Jane Schultz, (307) 777-5253, Suite 220, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Provides state coordination of certification processes conducted by Center for Advancement of Substance Abuse Technology (CASAT)
Suicide Prevention Initiative Keith Hotle, Coordinator, (307) 777-3318, Suite 220, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Responsible for maintaining the State Suicide Prevention Plan, providing technical assistance and funding to local suicide prevention coalitions, maintaining a library of suicide prevention resources, and collecting and disseminating information regarding best practices for suicide prevention and intervention.
Our mission is to improve the lives of people in Wyoming affected by mental illness. The Wyoming State Hospital (WSH) is located in Evanston and is the only state-operated psychiatric hospital. In meeting our mission statement we provide a myriad of service interventions that include inpatient alternatives to hospitalization and triage evaluation and recommendations. Within the inpatient we provide a continuum process of acute, intermediate and rehabilitation services based upon the specific needs of the individual person. Another specialty is that of forensic services. This is also made available through inpatient and outpatient evaluations, meeting the specific court order requests such as determination of competency, insanity or treat to competency.
Administrator, Bill Sexton (307) 789-3464 X354
Executive Secretary, Karen Donovan (307) 789-3464 X354
Mailing Address: PO Box 177; Physical Address: 831 Hwy 150 S
Evanston WY 82931-0177 Fax (307) 789-5277
Senior Administrator and State Medicaid Agent, Teri Green (307) 777-7531
Management Assistant, Chris Bass, (307) 777-6029
Office Assistant, Cindy Tallerdy (307) 777-5775
Suite 210, Qwest Bldg., 6101 N. Yellowstone Rd. Fax (307) 777-6964
Children’s Health Insurance Program (Kid Care CHIP) Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd, Suite 186A. Provides healthcare benefits for income-qualified uninsured children up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
Manager, Susie Scott (307) 777-6228
Eligibility Mgr, Kellie Grady (307) 777-3590
Outreach and Education Mgr, Diana Cook (307) 777-7574
Fiscal Specialist, Aaron Wales (307) 777-8698
Applications (307) 777-8923 or toll-free at (877) 543-7660
Medicaid Suite 210, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd., Cheyenne WY 82002 Fax (307) 777-6964.This office administers the Wyoming Medicaid program.
State Medicaid Agent, Teri Green (307) 777-7531
Office Assistant, Cindy Tallerdy (307) 777-5775
Provider Services, Sheree Nall (307) 777-5756
Provider Services, Sara Walk (307) 777-7257
Fraud and Abuse-Program Integrity, Christine Bates (307) 777-3594
TPL/Recovery Coordinator, Sheila McInerney (307) 777-5389
Facilities Manager, Renee Propps (307) 777-5081
Health Management, Michelle Harker (307) 777-5854
Waiver Program Manager, Kim Latta (307) 777-2485
HIT Coordinator, John Goetz (307) 777-5324
Assisted Living Facility Waiver Linda Flynn, (307) 777-7366, Suite 210 Qwest Bldg, 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Medicaid long-term care assistance for eligible individuals residing in assisted living facilities.
Home and Community-Based Long-Term Care Waiver Services Linda Flynn, (307) 777-7366, Suite 210 Qwest Bldg, 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Medicaid in-home services for elderly and physically disabled persons meeting nursing-facility level of care eligibility and who would otherwise have to enter a nursing home.
Home Health Services Linda Flynn, (307) 777-7366, Suite 210 Qwest Bldg, 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Program oversight of Medicaid-reimbursed home health services to patients in their homes under a physician's plan of care.
Hospice Services Linda Flynn, (307) 777-7366, Suite 210 Qwest Bldg, 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Program oversight for services and care related to terminal illness delivered in a patient's home under a physician's orders.
Long-Term Care Renee Propps, (307) 777-5081, Suite 210 Qwest Bldg, 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Nursing facility and swing bed services for patients with medical needs who are unable to continue to live in the community. Also includes program oversight for board and care homes.
Medicaid Eligibility Dana Pepmeier (307) 777-6074, Suite 210, Qwest Bldg., 6101Yellowstone Rd.
Medicaid Facilities Reimbursement Renee Propps, (307) 777-2485, Suite 210, 6101 Yellowstone Rd.
Medicaid Dental Officer/Staff Dentist Bruce Whiting, Interim Staff Dentist, DDS, (307) 777-6038, Suite 420, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Provides dental advice and consultation to department divisions and programs.
Medicaid Medical Officer/Staff Physician Jim Bush, M.D., F.A.C.P. (307) 777-7245, Suite 210, Qwest Bldg, 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Provides medical advice and consultation to department divisions and programs.
PACE (Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Jessica Fancher (307) 777-8230, Suite 210 6101Yellowstone Rd
Project Out Jessica Fancher (307) 777-8230, Suite 210, Qwest Bldg, 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Transition and diversion services to help Medicaid eligible people transition from nursing homes to home and community-based settings.
Pharmacy Services, Office of Suite 210, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. The Office of Pharmacy Services administers the Medicaid Pharmacy Program and all related cost containment initiatives, the Prescription Drug Assistance Program (PDAP), the Wyoming PharmAssist consultation program, and the Medication Donation program.
State Pharmacist, Roxanne Homar, R.Ph.,(307) 777-6032
Administrative Assistant, Angie Macy (307) 777-6923
Medicaid Pharmacist, Cori Cooper, PharmD,(307) 777-6016
Pharmacist Consultant, Donna Artery, PharmD, (307) 777-8699
Prescription Drug Assistance Donna Artery, PharmD., (307) 777-8699, Suite 210, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. State-funded prescription program for low-income clients.
State Pharmacist Roxanne Homar, R.Ph., (307)777-6032, Suite 210, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Provides advice and consultation to department staff, other state agencies, legislators and both local and statewide pharmacy-related collaborative projects.
Telemedicine and Telehealth James Bush, MD (307) 777-7245, Coordinates and plans the development of a statewide telemedicine capability.
Elderly/Disabled Tax Refund
Donna Marihart, (307) 777-5523, Hathaway Bldg., 4th Flr.
See “Infectious Disease Epidemiology,” “Chronic Disease Epidemiology, “CRHD Epidemiology.”
Budget Officer, Jeff Urry, (307) 777-6780, Hathaway Bldg., 4th Flr Fax (307) 777-7439
De Anna Greene, (307) 777-8664, Hathaway Bldg., 4th Flr.
Hathaway Bldg, 4th Flr., Cheyenne WY 82002 Fax (307) 777-1902
Human Resources Administrator, Pat Green (307) 777-6057
Human Resources Officer, Chris Bosselman (307) 777-7695
Human Resources Manager, Melanie Doolin (307) 777-6787
Recruitment and Payroll, Kim Calderon (307) 777-6919
Payroll and HR Services, Christina Newman (307) 777-1914
Personnel Specialist, Ramona Nelson (307) 777-7276
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Wyoming Department of Health Institutional Review Board (WDH IRB) is charged to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the Wyoming Department of Health. Research that involves the participation of human subjects requires approval or exemption from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the initiation of the project.
Contact: Karl Musgrave, DVM, MPH, (307) 777-5825
Media Relations - See “Public Information Officer”
Bob Crowther, (307) 777-3408, Hathaway Bldg., 4th Flr. Departmental policy review, strategic planning, special projects, review Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)s for compliance.
State Health Officer and Senior Administrator, Wendy Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, (307) 777-6340
Executive Assistant to the Senior Administrator, Mirandie Peterson, (307) 777-8603
Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg, 6101 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, WY 82002
The roles of public health agencies are assessment, assurance and policy development. With these roles in mind, the mission of Community and Public Health is to optimize quality of life through promotion of health, prevention of disease and protection of communities. Community and Public Health will provide for improved outcomes and be accountable to the health of the community.
Interim Administrator, Korin Schmidt (307) 777-6004
Executive Assistant, Deb Armstrong (307) 777-8238
Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne WY 82002 Fax (307) 777-3617
Adolescent Health Charla Ricciardi, B. Ed., (307) 777-3733, Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. Supports the improvement of youth development outcomes by facilitating and partnering with youth issue task forces.
Best Beginnings Karen Meyer, R.N., B.S., (307) 332-3954, 8204 WY Hwy 789, Lander, WY 82520. Coordinates the provision of family visiting services to at-risk families. Supports and provides technical assistance to public and private sector efforts to enhance child development pre-birth through eight years old.
Breastfeeding Support in the Workplace Barbara Buyske, M.S., R.D., (307) 777-3459, Suite 510, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. Promotes breastfeeding among employees of the Community and Public Health Division to bring infants to the workplace for first six months.
Children’s Special Healthcare (CSH) Jody Yelton, M.S., (307) 777-8225, Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. Provides care coordination, limited financial assistance for selected diagnoses, and access to specialty services for children and adolescents with special healthcare needs within their communities.
CRHD Epidemiology. Angela Crotsenberg, M.S., (307) 777-8787, Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. Conducts public health surveillance by collecting, collating, and analyzing epidemiological health indicator data to monitor and assess health status. Provides support to local health departments and other community organizations as they conduct healthcare planning to pinpoint and address local maternal and family health needs.
Family Planning Debra Hamilton, R.N., M.S.N., C.C.M., C.L.C., (307) 777-7944, Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. Contracts with private and public providers to ensure access to family planning services.
Genetic Screening Jody Yelton, M.S., (307) 777-8225, Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. Contracts with a public health lab to ensure access to newborn genetic screening. The program also provides educational materials on genetic screening and disorders and provides support to parents, public and private healthcare providers.
Immunization Vacant, (307) 777-6001, Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. Provides vaccine to public and private medical providers to immunize children, birth to 18 years of age. The program also provides educational materials on vaccines and immunizations; education, and educational materials; and technical support on vaccines/immunizations and immunization computer programs to public and private healthcare providers.
Maternal and Family Health (MFH) Linda McElwain, R.N., (307) 777-6326, Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. As part of a broad network of partners, assesses, monitors, and improves the health and well-being of mothers, infants, children, and adolescents by strengthening the personal care and public health systems to assure access to quality comprehensive care. Maternal and Family Health includes these programs: Children’s Special Healthcare, Data Services, Early Childhood Development/Home Visiting for Pregnant/Parenting Families, Family Planning, Safe Kids of Wyoming, Maternal High Risk and High-Risk Newborn, and Perinatal Services.
Maternal High Risk and Newborn Intensive Care Debra Hamilton, R.N., M.S.N., C.C.M., C.L.C., (307) 777-7944, Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. Provides limited financial assistance for pregnant women and infants who need to access high-risk specialty care outside the state.
Newborn Metabolic Jody Yelton, M.S., (307) 777-8225, Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. Contracts with a public health lab to ensure access to newborn metabolic screening. The program also provides educational materials on metabolic screening and provides support to parents, public and private healthcare providers.
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) Karen Meyer, R.N., B.S., (307) 332-3954, 8204 WY Hwy 789, Lander 82520. Provides free nurse home visitation services for first-time pregnant women with continuation through the child’s second birthday.
Oral Health Trish O’Grady, R.D.H., (307) 777-7947, or Bruce Whiting, Interim Staff Dentist (307) 777-2976 Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. Administration of the semi-annual Cleft Palate Clinic, payment for dental services to the elderly, and management of children’s dental programs.
Perinatal Services Debra Hamilton, R.N., M.S.N., C.C.M., C.L.C., (307) 777-7944, Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. Develops local community healthcare systems to increase access to services during the critical perinatal period.
Public Health Nursing Karen Mahan, R.N., M.P.H., (307) 777-6360, Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. PHN offices are located throughout the counties in Wyoming, and provide direct services in the areas of communicable disease, disease and injury prevention, emergency preparedness, health promotion, maternal and child health, and pre-admission screening for nursing home placement. PHN serves as the local service provider for many departmental programs including immunizations, Maternal and Family Health, and Nurse Family Partnerships.
Safe Kids of Wyoming Charla Ricciardi, B. Ed. (307) 777-3733, Suite 420, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. Coordinates with a private-sector partner, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Foundation, to raise awareness about the preventable nature of infant, child, and adolescent disease and injury.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Janet Moran, M.S., R.D., (307) 777-7494, Suite 510, CenturyLink Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Road. A federally funded program that provides a nutritious supplemental food package, nutrition, education, and health referral to pregnant, postpartum, and breast-feeding women; infants; and children up to age five whose incomes fall at or below 185 percent of poverty and who exhibit a nutrition-related health risk. Services to an average 11,700 participants per month are provided through 19 local WIC offices serving 37 Wyoming communities.
Emergency Medical Services
Administrator, Andy Gienapp, (307) 777-6020. Toll-free, in-state only: (888) 228-8996, Qwest Bldg., Suite 400 Provides community-based emergency medical training at four different certification levels. Ensures quality pre-hospital emergency care to the general public by certifying personnel, licensing ambulance services, inspecting vehicles, providing technical assistance and administrative support and taking legal action. Assures that a regionally accredited poison information and treatment center is available to citizens and health professionals 24-7.
EMS - Comfort One Beth Hollingsworth, (307) 777-6019, Qwest Bldg., Suite 400 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitative Directives.
Emergency Medical Services for Children Carol Jansen, (307) 777-3622, Qwest Bldg., Suite 400.
EMS Poison Control (307) 777-7955, Hathaway Bldg., 4th Flr.
EMS Trauma System (307) 777-3470, Hathaway Bldg., 4th Flr. Continues the development of an integrated statewide trauma system that reduces the epidemic of injury, disability, and death.
Public Health Emergency Predaredness Program
Health Alert Network Paul Card, (307) 777-7189, Hathaway Bldg., 4th Flr. Coordinates the receipt-passing of 24/7 public health alert information to responders for natural and man-caused disasters and emergencies.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program Angela Van Houten, M.S., (307) 777-5778, Hathaway Bldg., 4th Flr. Develops and coordinates plans of action for Wyoming Department of Health response to natural and other disasters and emergencies.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Training Jim Smith, (307) 777-6777, Hathaway Bldg., 4th Flr, Training/ Educational Program Facilitator, (307) 777-8747, Hathaway Bldg., 4th Flr. Conducts training and needs assessments; develops, designs, and facilitates the conduct of training needs for those responsible for directing, conducting, and facilitation public health and other responders to natural and man-caused disasters. Preventive Health and Safety
The Preventive Health and Safety mission is to promote, protect and enhance the health of all Wyoming residents.
Administrator, Linda Chasson (307) 777-7958
Senior Office Assistant, Deborah Driscoll (307) 777-7172
Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd., Cheyenne WY 82002 Fax (307) 777-5402
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Menlo Futa, MA, (307) 777-6012, Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Coordinates ongoing telephone surveys of health-related behaviors, health conditions and preventive health practices of Wyoming adults, analyzes data and disseminates results.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Carol Peterson, (307) 777-6006, Suite 259B, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Comprehensive federally funded program that provides early detection (screening and diagnostic) services to women most at risk for breast or cervical cancer. Women must meet certain age, income and insurance guidelines. Other mandated program components include: public education and outreach, professional education, quality assurance and improvement, tracking and follow-up, case management, coalitions and partnerships, surveillance and evaluation.
Cancer Surveillance/Cancer Registry Julia Espinoza, (307) 777-3477, Suite 259A, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Collects detailed information on all cancer cases diagnosed in Wyoming. Information is used to evaluate the effectiveness of cancer prevention programs and helps hospital administrators and physicians plan cancer treatment programs. The program routinely responds to public requests for data on cancer in Wyoming, and publishes several cancer reports each year.
Chronic Disease Epidemiology Joe Grandpre (307) 777-8654, Suite 259A, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd.
Communicable Disease Section Bronwen Anderson (307) 777-7529, Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Receives federal and state funding for prevention and education of the following communicable diseases: tuberculosis, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections. Provides funding for health education and risk reduction interventions for HIV and AIDS. Funds HIV and hepatitis counseling and testing services through community agencies, serves as payor of last resort for client medical and supportive services, and coordinates HIV community planning. Provides resource information, public and professional education.
Comprehensive Cancer Control Liz Mikesell (307) 777-8609, Suite 259A, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Facilitates the collaborative process through which Wyoming communities and its partners pool resources to promote cancer prevention, improve cancer detection, increase access to health and social services, and reduce the burden of cancer.
Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Program Liz Mikesell (307) 777-8609, Suite 259A, Qwest Building, 6101 Yellowstone Rd. The purpose of this program is to increase screening in colon cancer about eligible Wyoming residents.
Diabetes Prevention and Control Star Morrison (307) 777-3579, Suite 259A, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Focus is on defining the burden of diabetes by assessing prevalence and incidence, and on moving forward with coordination and implementation of programs and projects that tackle access to care issues, providing professional and public education, promoting health communication messages, and creating synergistic partnerships among provider systems
Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) (307) 777-5518, Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Canyon Hardesty STD Program Manager (Southeast Region) (307) 777-8939; Field staff: Tai Wright (Northeast Region) (307) 777-3562; Sheriedan Grannan (Southwest Region) (307) 777-2434. Field epidemiologists provide follow up services to individuals who have been identified with a positive finding for STI, HIV, TB and/or Hepatitis B or C. Follow up investigations are encouraged with partners of identified patients to assess further risk and provide additional counseling and/or testing. These services are confidential. Out-of-state contacts are also initiated and followed up by the staff.
Environmental Public Health Vacant, (307) 777-2931, Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Provides environmental public health epidemiology services including investigation and correction of environmental, chemical and radiological hazards.
Food and Waterborne Disease Surveillance Kelly Weidenbach, Surveillance Epidemiologist, (307) 266-0052. Monitors and tracks the epidemiology of food and waterborne diseases in the state and investigates clusters and outbreaks of disease. Provides analytic and technical consultations for healthcare providers statewide on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of food and waterborne diseases.
Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Dave Ivester, (307) 777-3732, Suite 259A, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Facilitates collaboration among public and private sector partners and defines the burden of heart disase and stroke in Wyoming. Develops and updates a comprehensive state plan for heart disease and stroke prevention.
Hepatitis Program Canyon Hardesty, (307) 777-8939, Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. This program is minimally funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the purpose of providing information and technical assistance to the community and healthcare providers on hepatitis C. The program specifically tracks surveillance information on hepatitis B and C cases and provides investigative follow-up for cases that indicate potential clusters. The program works closely with the department’s Immunization Program and oversees an immunization initiative for vaccination of high risk adults for hepatitis A and B. The HIV Program, in collaboration with the STD, TB, and Hepatitis programs also supports DIS activities. This program is 100 percent funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and receives state general funds for the adult vaccine program.
HIV/AIDS Surveillance Cheryl Corbin, (307) 777-7719, Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Monitors and tracks HIV infection and AIDS through the collection of case and laboratory reports. Publishes semi-annual surveillance report for general use. Detailed data drive HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. Processes HIV counseling and testing data submitted to the program including submission of reports to CDC as required. This program is 100 percent federally funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
HIV Prevention Program Robert Johnston, M.Ed., Program Manager, (307) 237-2044. The HIV Prevention program is funded to provide HIV counseling and testing, laboratory support, health education and risk reduction information, and programming as well as health communication and public information. HIV activities and interventions are primarily targeted to most at-risk individuals as defined by a statewide community advisory body. The program provides technical assistance and capacity building to other health care professionals and community based organizations that work with persons at risk for, living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS disease. The HIV Program, in collaboration with the STD, TB, and Hepatitis programs also supports DIS activities. This program is 100 percent funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
HIV Treatment Program Debi Nelson-Anderson, (307) 777-5856, Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. The HIV Treatment Program is comprised of four federal funding streams; Ryan White Part B, AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP), Ryan White Part C and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). All of which support core medical services (physician visits, laboratory and diagnostic testing), supportive services (dental, mental health and substance abuse treatment, respite services, etc), ADAP medications, tenant-based housing assistance, short term rental and utilities assistance. The HIV Treatment Program also receives limited state dollars to support medical services and ADAP medicaitons to supplement federal dollars. The Ryan White Part B/ADAP and HOPWA services are only available when no other resources are available to the clients who meet stringent financial eligibilty guidelines. Ryan White Part C services are available to all HIV positive clients regardless of financial status but are limited to physician visits, laboratory and diagnostic testing and are provided on a sliding fee scale for all HIV positive clients. Ryan White Part B, ADAP and Ryan White Part C are federal funds provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HOPWA is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program Clayton Van Houten, Program Manager (307) 777-5596, Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program oversees the surveillance and control of infectious diseases throughout the state including: food and waterborne disease (E. coli, giardia, etc.), vaccine-preventable diseases (pertussis, bacterial meningitis, etc.), zoonotic diseases (plague, Q-fever, etc.) and vectorborne diseases (West Nile virus, Colorado tick fever, etc.). The program responds to and investigates clusters and outbreaks of illnesses. It also provides analytic and medical consultations for healthcare providers statewide.
Influenza Surveillance Reginald McClinton, Surveillance Epidemiologist, (307) 777-8640, Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Monitors and tracks the epidemiology of influenza in the state and investigates influenza and other infectious disease clusters and outbreaks. Provides analytic and technical consultations for healthcare providers statewide on prevent, diagnosis, and treatment of influenza.
Lead Poisoning Prevention Steve Melia, Program Manager, (307) 777-6015, Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Provides surveillance of adult and pediatric blood lead screening by physicians and medical clinics, and coordinates environmental follow-up to ensure cases of lead poisoning are identified, investigated, and eliminated. Provides professional and public health educational materials on adult and childhood lead poisoning prevention.
Public Health Laboratory Richard Harris (307) 777-7431, 208 S College Drive. Performs analytical procedures for both Preventive Health and Safety Division, and for state and community health, law enforcement and substance abuse agencies. Bioterrorism lab BSL-3 capability for detection of biohazardous/bioterrorism agents, development of testing procedures for emerging pathogens, clinical lab training, outbreak preparedness for biohazardous agents and chemical terrorism preparedness. Chemical testing program performs DUI alcohol analysis, substance abuse toxicology, drug analysis collection training, intoximeter training/quality control and expert witness services. Microbiology service provides testing for communicable and infectious diseases and outbreaks, bacterial/parasite identification, strep testing, rival vaccine serology, mycobacteriology, molecular typing, STD and blood-born virus detection, EPA drinking water analysis, West Nile Virus testing and influenza surveillance.
Bioterrorism Lab. Shawna Dereemer (307) 777-3735.
Chemical Testing Program (Drug and Alcohol Toxicology). Tom Johnson (307) 777-7868.
Microbiology Service. Jim Walford, Lab Manager (307) 777-6053.
Radon Project Steve Melia, Program Manager, (307) 777-6015, Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Provides educational and awareness programs for professionals and citizens of Wyoming. Many communities throughout Wyoming have local programs that provide information and test kit access, and have personnel available for presentations.
Sexually-Transmitted Diseases Canyon Hardesty, Program Manager (307) 777-8939, Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. The STD Program is comprised and funded for two prevention parts: 1) the Comprehensive STD Prevention Services (CSPS), and 2) the Infertility Prevention Program (IPP). The CSPS program provides laboratory support for testing of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases, as well as provides education and information on sexually transmitted diseases. The program provides technical assistance to healthcare professionals on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. The IPP program provides financial support for the testing of chlamydia in family planning clinics as well as other community locations serving women ages 15 to 24 who are at the highest risk for contracting chlamydia. The HIV Program, in collaboration with the STD, TB, and Hepatitis programs also supports DIS ** activities (see description of DIS Program). This program is 100 percent funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tuberculosis (TB) Control Canyon Hardesty, (307) 777-8939, Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd. Identifies and provides treatment for persons who have been diagnosed with active TB disease. Program funds support testing, offers preventive therapy to those who are infected and screens members of high risk population groups who may be at risk for TB disease. Partners, family members or others who may be contacts to persons infected are interviewed, assessed and screened as well. This program is 100 percent federally funded through the Centers for Disease Control and
Rural and Frontier Health
Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 Yellowstone Rd., Cheyenne WY 82002 Fax (307) 777-8545
Deputy Administrator, Sharla Allen, (307) 777-7293
Community Service Programs Includes the Community Services Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant, End Stage Renal Disease and Wyoming Cares/Wyoming Shares Organ Donation Program.
Manager, Jim Rolf (307) 777-8652
Organ Donor WY Cares/WY Shares and End Stage Renal Disease, Cherame Serrano (307) 777-3527
Community Services Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant, Tricia Dean (307) 777-8940
Multicultural Health Serves as a central point for the exchange of information and assistance in improving the health status of Wyoming’s minority, underserved, and under-represented populations.
Manager, Lillian Zuniga, (307) 777-5601
State Partnership Grant, Vacant (307) 777-5007
Rural Health, Office of Promotes collaboration in expanding comprhensive, community based primary care services in the rural/frontier communities of Wyoming.
Wyoming Healthcare Provider Loan Repayment Program, Jeff Hopkins (307) 777-2930
Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant, Sharla Allen (307) 777-7293
Community Healthcare Assessment Grants, Sharla Allen (307) 777-7293
Hospital Improvement Grants, Sharla Allen (307) 777-7293
Small Hospital Improvement Grants, Sharla Allen (307) 777-7293
State Office of Rural Health, Sharla Allen (307) 777-7293
Primary Care Office, Jeff Hopkins (307) 777-2930
Healthcare Provider Shortage Area, Jeff Hopkins (307) 777-2930
Rural Health Clinics, Jeff Hopkins (307) 777-2930
J-1 Conrad 30 Visa Waiver Program, Jeff Hopkins (307) 777-2930
National Health Service Corps, Jeff Hopkins (307) 777-2930
Physician Recruitment Program, Jeff Hopkins (307) 777-2930
Public Information Officer
Kim Deti, (307) 777-6420, Hathaway Bldg., 4th Flr. Increases public awareness of the agency mission with ongoing media activities.
State Health Officer, Dr. Wendy Braund (307) 777-8603, Hathaway Bldg., 4th Flr. Supervisory duties include the oversight of the Office of Emergency Medical Services, Public Health Emergency Preparedness.
Executive Assistant, Mirandie Peterson (307) 777-8603
Qwest Bldg., Suite 420 Fax (307) 777-3617
Staff Dentist. Bruce Whiting, Interim, DDS, (307) 777-6038, Suite 420, Qwest Bldg., 6101 N. Yellowstone Rd. Provides dental advice and consultation to Department of Health divisions and programs.
Staff Physician Jim Bush, M.D., (307) 777-7245, Suite 210, Qwest Bldg., 6101 N. Yellowstone Rd. Provides medical advice and consultation to Department of Health divisions and programs.
State Epidemiologist Tracy Murphy, M.D., (307) 777-7716, Suite 510, Qwest Bldg., 6101 N. Yellowstone Rd. Provides scientific and medical oversight on epidemiological activities concerned with public health within the Wyoming Department of Health.
Vital Statistics Services
Jim McBride, Manager, (307) 777-6040, Hathaway Bldg., 1st Flr. Registers Wyoming births, deaths, marriages, and divorces; issues certified copies; corrects records; substitutes birth records after adoption and paternity determination; and compiles and analyzes mortality and natality statistics.