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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.