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Community Health Section

Wyoming Department of Health


Alphabetical Listing of Division Programs
(E-mail links are provided for Programs that do not yet have a web page. Click on any underlined area for link.)


Administration: (307) 777-6004. Provides key professional and support functions to 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.

Community Health Section provides support for local public health services throughout Wyoming, including public health nursing services, maternal and family health services, immunization, family planning services, adolescent health, child health specialty clinics, nurse-family partnership and nutrition services including WIC (Women, Infant and Children). Working with local boards of health in community development for assuring public health services is also a part of Community Health Section.

CHS Epidemiology: Vacant, (307) 777-8787. Provides epidemiology support to Community Health Section - coordinates needs assessment activities to monitor the health of all mothers, children and youth in the state; collects and analyzes data and prepares reports to respond to inquiries from the media, community health planners, legislators and advocacy groups; designs special studies for MCH issues; monitors progress toward national and state performance objectives; provides data to support policy changes; and assists with the evaluation of MCH interventions.

Immunization Program:  Lisa Wordeman, (307) 777-7621. Provides vaccine to public and private medical providers to immunize children birth to 18 years of age. The program also provides professional educational materials on vaccines and immunizations; education, educational materials, and surveillance for Hepatitis B; and technical support on vaccines/immunizations and immunization computer programs to public and private healthcare providers.

Maternal and Child Health (Title V) Section: Linda McElwain, R.N., (307) 777-6326. As part of a broad network of partners, assesses, monitors, and improves the health and well-being of all of Wyoming's mothers, infants, children, and adolescents by both the personal care and public health systems to assure access to quality comprehensive care. This includes Comprehensive state-wide needs assessment and the Healthy Communities initiative. MCH initiatives include:

Children's Special Healthcare Services(307) 777-6921. Provides care coordination, limited financial assistance via fee-for-service provider reimbursement for selected diagnoses, and access to specialty services for children and adolescents with special healthcare needs within their own communities.

Family Planning: Vacant (307) 777-6921.  Contracts with private and public providers to ensure access to family planning services by augmenting the state’s Title X grants.

Oral Health Programs: Vacant, (307) 777-6004. Administration of the semi-annual Cleft Palate Clinic, payment for dental services to the elderly and management of children's dental programs. The program targets efforts toward improving the oral health of Wyoming children and their families.

Public Health Nursing (PHN): Karen Mahan, R.N., M.P.H., (307) 777-7275. PHN offices are located throughout the counties in 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 screening for nursing home placement. PHN serves as the local service provider for many departmental programs including immunizations, Maternal and Family Health, and Nurse Family Partnerships.

Immunizations: Jodye Wilmes, RN, BSN, (307) 382-0918. Coordinates the PHN influenza vaccination campaign and consults on adult immunizations.

Chronic Disease and Prevention: Jodye Wilmes, RN, BSN, (307) 382-0918. Works in concert with other Department of Health agencies to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic diseases.

Maternal and Child Health (MCH): Karen Meyer RN, BS, 307-332-3954 or Susan Smith RN, BSN, 307-328-2601. Coordinates the MCH programs and services between the local Public Health offices and the State of Wyoming Department of Health. Programs offered at Public Health offices: Best Beginnings, Nurse Family Partnership, Children with Special Health Care needs, Breast Feeding teaching and counseling, new mom and baby home visiting. Programs can be provided in home visits.

Emergency Preparedness and Communicable Disease: Tom Henry, RN, BSN, (307) 347-3001. Coordinates and consults on emergency preparedness activities that protect the lives, property & environment of Wyoming citizens, and disease prevention through education, preparedness planning, training, and disease surveillance.

WIC Program: Janet Moran, RD, MS, (307) 777-7494. Program that provides a nutritious supplemental food package, nutrition, and breast-feeding education and health referral 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 11,500 clients per month are provided through 17 local WIC offices serving 37 Wyoming communities.

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