Public Health Division
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Community Health Section
The roles of public health agencies are assessment, assurance, and policy development. With these roles in mind, the mission of the section is to optimize the quality of life through promotion of health, prevention of disease and protection of communities. The section will provide for improved outcomes and be accountable for the health of the community.
Immunization Unit: 307-777-7621. The Wyoming Immunization Program provides immunization education and resources to Wyoming immunization providers and patients. The program distributes vaccines to Wyoming immunization providers that are administered to eligible adult and pediatric patients through several vaccine programs. The program also oversees the Wyoming Immunization Registry (WyIR), a secure, confidential, database that contains electronic vaccination records of Wyoming residents.
Maternal and Child Health Unit: 307-777-6326. As part of a broad network of partners assesses, monitors, and works to improve the health and well-being of all Wyoming mothers, infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health care needs. Programs include:
Oral Health Program: 307-777-7945. Manages the semi-annual cleft palate clinic, provides payments for dental services through the public health children’s dental programs, and supervises community oral health coordinators located in 20 counties throughout Wyoming.
Prevention and Health Promotion Unit: 307-777-3318. The Prevention and Health Promotion Unit supports programs that provide outreach, education, and funding for the prevention and early intervention of underage drinking and adult binge drinking, injury, tobacco use, licit and illicit drug abuse, suicide, cancer, and chronic diseases, including heart disease/stroke and diabetes. Programs include:
Public Health Nursing (PHN): 307-777-7275. PHN offices are located throughout 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 for nursing home placement. PHN services as the local service provider for many departmental programs include immunizations, Maternal and Child Health and Nurse Family Partnerships.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Unit: 307-777-7494. The unit provides a nutritious supplemental food package, nutrition, and breast-feeding education and health referrals to pregnant, postpartum, and breast-feeding women, infants, and children up to age five whose incomes fall at or below 185% of poverty and who exhibit a nutrition-related health risk. Services to an average of 10,500 clients per month are provided through 19 local WIC offices serving 35 Wyoming communities.
Health Readiness and Response Section
Emergency Medical Services
The Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) provides oversight to the statewide comprehensive EMS and Trauma System. The OEMS helps ensure quality emergency care to the general public by credentialing personnel, deploying and providing EMS education, licensing ambulance services, inspecting vehicles, reviewing hospitals under the Trauma Program, assisting healthcare providers and facilities with preparedness, providing technical assistance and administrative support and taking legal action. The program assures that regional accredited poison information and treatment center is available to residents and healthcare professionals 24 hours/day/365 days/year.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Develops, coordinates, trains, and exercises Wyoming Department of Health response plans for public health emergencies. Provides funding and guidance to county and tribal public health entities and enhances laboratory, epidemiology and communications capabilities.
Rural and Frontier Health
Coordinates efforts to improve the health of Wyoming’s residents, with a focus on access for the medically underserved. The Community Services Program works towards improving the health, safety and well-being of low-income Wyoming residents as they move towards self-sufficiency, while the Office of Multicultural Health focuses on minimizing health disparities among underserved and minority populations across the state. The End Stage Renal Disease program assists low-income Wyomingites with end stage renal disease related expenses and the Wyoming Cares/Wyoming Shares program furthers education about organ donation statewide. Also enhancing healthcare for Wyoming’s communities, the Office of Rural Health supports the development of an adequate healthcare workforce while promoting collaboration in expanding comprehensive, community-based healthcare.
Chronic Disease and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology and Surveillance
This program collects detailed information on cancer cases diagnosed in Wyoming. The program also coordinates needs assessment activities to monitor the health of mothers, children and youth in the state.
Receives federal and state funding for prevention and education of the following communicable diseases: tuberculosis, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis B and C, and sexually transmitted infections. Provides funding for health education and risk reduction interventions.
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
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.).
Public Health Laboratory
Performs analytical procedures for both Public Health Sciences Section, and for state and community health, law enforcement and substance abuse agencies. Public Health Emergency Preparedness 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, viral vaccine serology, mycobacteriology, molecular typing, STD and blood-borne virus detection, EPA drinking water analysis, West Nile virus testing and influenza surveillance.