(307) 777-7172. Provides key professional and support functions to division and agency staff at the central office and local levels. Functions also include technical assistance to field and program staff, policy development and analysis, legislative affairs, planning, evaluation, interaction with federal agencies, and division personnel management.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS):
Joseph Grandpre, PhD, MPH, (307) 777-8654. Coordinates ongoing telephone survey of health-related behaviors and preventive health practices of Wyoming adults, disseminates results, and provides data for health planning at the community level.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program:
Meaghan McClellan, BSN, RN, (307) 777-6006. Statewide program provides breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services for uninsured women who meet the program's income and age/risk factor eligibility criteria; provides access to breast or cervical cancer treatment for program-enrolled women. Program collaborates with local, state and national partners to implement breast and cervical cancer awareness, education and prevention activities.
Cancer Surveillance Program:
Julia Espinoza, BS, RHIT, CTR, (307) 777-3477. Collects detailed information on all cancer cases diagnosed in Wyoming. This 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.
Colorectal Cancer Screening Program:
Meaghan McClellan, BSN, RN, Program Manager (307) 777-6006. Statewide program provides colonoscopies for colorectal cancer screening and prevention for uninsured and underinsured Wyoming residents who meet the program's income and age/risk factor eligibility criteria. Program collaborates with local, state and national partners to implement colorectal cancer awareness, education and prevention activities.
Comprehensive Cancer Control Program:
Liz Mikesell, (307) 777-8609. Provides leadership and coordination of statewide cancer prevention and control activities by creating, implementing, and monitoring objectives pertaining to prevention, early detection and screening, diagnosis and treatment, and quality of life (including survivorship and palliative care). The program also works to identify cancer-related resources at the local, state, regional, and national levels, as well as assist in identifying strategies to eliminate or reduce gaps in services. The program seeks to decrease the impact of cancer on Wyoming people, families, and communities in a comprehensive and collaborative manner.
Diabetes, Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention and Control Program:
(307) 777-7585. The Diabetes, Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention and Control Program is focused on using research-based policies, practices, and programs at the state and community levels that address the growing burden of diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and associated risk factors such as poor nutrition and lack of physical activity. The Program promotes and supports health and well-being for Wyoming's residents through partnerships, workforce development efforts, communication, and quality improvement.
Tracy Murphy, MD, State Epidemiologist (307) 777-7716. Oversees surveillance and control of epidemiologic activities throughout the State, supervises field staff in these efforts, provides analytic/medical consultation for Division of Public Health programs, and disseminates communicable and non-communicable epidemiologic data.
Communicable Disease Unit:
Debi Anderson, (307) 777-7529/777-5856. The Communicable Disease Unit oversees the prevention and surveillance activities as well as services offered for residents suffering from the impact of communicable diseases throughout the State, which includes HIV/AIDS, reportable STDs (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Trichonella), TB and Viral Hepatitis. The Unit provides educational outreach on these diseases and provides services through state programs, public health offices and contracted community agencies and coordinates community planning.
: Tai Cooper (307) 777-3562. The Communicable Disease Prevention Program provides oversight, support and guidance for communicable disease prevention activities throughout the state.
: Vacant (contact Debi Anderson for information). The Communicable Disease Services Program provides services such to persons affected by communicable disease throughout the state (HOPPWA, Ryan White, STD Antibiotic Program, Testing support and others). The program provides these services through state programs, coordination with public health offices and contracted community agencies.
Courtney Smith, (307) 777-2434. The Communicable Disease Surveillance Program oversees HIV/AIDS, STD, TB and Viral Hepatitis data for Wyoming. This program provides ongoing systematic collection, analysis, evaluation and dissemination the data.
Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program (IDEpi):
Clay Van Houten, JR., MS, Chief, Emerging Diseases/Health Statistics Unit, (307) 777-5596. The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program oversees the surveillance and control of infectious diseases throughout the State including: food and waterborne diseases (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.
Institutional Review Board:
Karl Musgrave DVM, MPH (307) 777-5825. 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 which involves the participation of human subjects requires approval or exemption from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the initiation of the project.
Lead Poisoning Prevention Program:
Steve Melia, MSPH, (307) 777-6015. Provides surveillance for pediatric and adult blood lead screening. Provides information regarding environmental and medical follow-up to ensure cases of lead poisoning are identified. Provides professional and public health materials on adult and pediatric lead poisoning prevention.
Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant
Linda Chasson, MS, (307) 777-7958. The health needs of communities are diverse, complex, and constantly changing. The Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant gives grantees the flexibility to prioritize the use of funds to fill funding gaps in programs that deal with leading causes of death and disability, as well as the ability to respond rapidly to emerging health issues.
Public Health Laboratory:
Richard Harris, PhD, (307) 777-7431. Provides public health and safety testing by supporting public health-related disease testing, drug and alcohol toxicology, and bioterrorism preparedness. Disease testing included surveillance for the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, HIV, Hepatitis, STD and TB Programs; drinking water analysis, disease outbreak response, and testing for medical facilities. Toxicology includes blood and alcohol, drug testing for state and local agencies, and managing the State Intoximeter Program. Laboratory staff provide laboratory consultation training and expert witness services.
Steve Melia, MSPH, (307) 777-6015. Provides educational, awareness and training programs for professionals and residents of Wyoming. Radon information can be obtained throughout Wyoming by accessing www.wyomingradon.org or by contacting Public Health Nursing Offices, the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Offices, the Wyoming-Montana Safety Council, or a local real estate office. Radon presentations for real estate agents, appraisers, architects, home inspectors, science and health teachers, health care providers, contractors and building code officials are available by contacting the radon office in Cheyenne. Referrals to accredited radon training centers and certified radon professionals are also available by contacting the Cheyenne radon office or via the radon website www.wyomingradon.org.
Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Program:
Erica Mathews, (307) 777-6463. Provides leadership and coordination of statewide community-based substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts.
Tobacco Prevention and Control Program:
Joe D'Eufemia, (307) 777-3744. Provides leadreship and coordination of statewide community-based tobacco prevention and control efforts.