Wyoming Public Health Nursing (PHN) Vision & Mission
Collaborative, Creative, Current, and Competent Nurses Providing Compassionate and Consistent Care to Communities
Through our commitment to excellence in public health nursing, we strive to promote, protect, and improve health and prevent disease and injury in Wyoming’s communities.
We do this by:
- assuring access to care and essential services
- engaging the public and community partners through outreach and collaboration
- ongoing assessment of communities to ensure health needs are planned for and met,
- informing policy through public education and provision of health information.
Click below to see the different ways PHN works with you and your community.
2016 Public Health Nursing statistics
- % of vaccinations given in Wyoming 2016 25-30% 25-30%
- % of PHN serving on boards and/or coalitions that benefit public health 65% 65%
hours of PHN service in 2016
December 1 is World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 38,500 people get infected with HIV every year. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. It’s important that everyone ages 15 to 65 gets tested for HIV at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often.
The Wyoming Department of Health, Communicable Disease Unit recommends all individuals between the age of 15 and 65 years get tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime and more often if they have risk factors. The CDC estimates 162,500 individuals are unaware of their status. Providers play a critical role in identifying individuals with risks and ensuring those individuals get tested.
The most recent HIV Screening and Testing recommendations can be found at, https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/guidelines/testing.html. For more information on the Wyoming Communicable Disease Unit, please visit our website at, https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/communicable-disease-unit/. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact: