Local Input Sought for State Health Assessment – Riverton, Arapahoe
October 2, 2017
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is inviting local residents to offer their thoughts, ideas and perspectives on the state’s health needs and priorities during upcoming events in Riverton on October 5 and Arapahoe on October 6.
The department is working to complete a comprehensive state health assessment. “We’re gathering data and information from a variety of sources to better understand Wyoming’s health needs,” said Stephanie Pyle, Public Health Division acting senior administrator with WDH. “Understanding that information will help shape future priorities to best serve our state.”
“The voices of our residents and communities are important to developing a well-rounded assessment,” Pyle said. “We know residents experience and view health in a number of ways. Sharing those experiences helps us recognize the health-related challenges, resources and priorities that exist in Wyoming.”
The October 5 Riverton event will be held at Central Wyoming College, located at 2660 Peck Avenue in room 103 of the SC Building. Interested residents may attend either an informal open house from 2-6 p.m. or a more structured listening session from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with free coffee. The October 6 Arapahoe event is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the Northern Arapahoe Health Fair in the Great Plains Hall at 15 Great Plains Rd.
The Wyoming Business Council is facilitating each event; sessions are planned for more Wyoming communities. An online survey is available in both English and Spanish. Please visit sha.wyo.gov/engagement to find the survey and more information about the state health assessment.
Pyle suggests groups who may be especially interested in providing input for the assessment project include:
- Those who experience health challenges
- Those who have ideas for solutions to health challenges
- Local elected and appointed officials
- Community service agencies
- Healthcare providers
- Community coalitions
- Business owners
- Economic development groups
- School officials
- Anyone with interest in the health and well-being of our communities