While splashing in the waters of Wyoming’s pools and lakes is a favorite summer pastime for many families, swimmers should be careful to avoid catching or spreading recreational water illnesses.“It is important to prevent germs from getting into pools and lakes.
State residents who may qualify for the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) Tax Refund for Elderly & Disabled Program are reminded to submit applications by August 31.The Tax Refund for Elderly & Disabled Program provides a financial benefit for qualified applicants intended as a refund of sales and use taxes, property taxes and utility and energy costs.“Many older adults and disabled individuals in Wyoming could really use the extra financial help this program can provide,” said Bonnie Runnels, Tax Refund for Elderly & Disabled Program manager.
Wyoming’s schools will soon be filled with little boys named Liam and little girls answering to Olivia with both chosen most often as new baby names in 2014 across the state, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s Vital Statistics Services program.For boys, the name Liam has topped the charts for three years in a row and has been in the top five most popular names for four out of the last five years.
Representatives from a diverse group of Wyoming health and law enforcement leaders remain concerned that prescription drug abuse is Wyoming’s fastest-growing drug problem with wide-ranging consequences.Prescription medicine abuse is the use of a prescription medication to create an altered state, to get high, or for any reasons other than those intended by a prescribing doctor.
To help Wyoming residents avoid a deadly disease for themselves, as well as for pets and livestock, the Wyoming Department of Health is promoting rabies prevention strategies, including animal vaccinations.Rabies can infect any mammal, including pets, livestock, small wildlife and humans.
A new regional report being shared by the Wyoming Department of Health describes health disparities among mountain state residents, including in Wyoming.The “Blueprint for Change” document, put together by the Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC), illustrates the barriers to health and social support systems that low-income and minority populations often experience.Lillian Zuniga, WDH Office of Multicultural Health manager and one of the report’s authors, said “This report should help us focus more attention on issues that lie at the heart of health disparities in our state and across the region.”Key findings include:· Wyoming experiences significantly higher rates of suicide and motor vehicle accidents than other states.· Wyoming ranks among the states with the highest rates of death by COPD, unintentional injuries, influenza and pneumonia.
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is inviting nonprofit community organizations across the state to apply for a federally funded grant program intended to help prevent obesity.
With Wyoming’s warmer months expected, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reminding residents to avoid mosquitos and ticks when spending time outdoors because these insects can carry potentially serious diseases.
After receiving multiple recent reports of Wyoming residents who traveled internationally and then returned to the state with illnesses such as salmonella and Hepatitis A, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is advising residents to be cautious during visits to other nations.
Wyoming Department of Health Director Tom Forslund today announced the department will take temporary management of nursing homes in Rock Springs and Saratoga owned by Deseret Health Group, a private company.Governor Matt Mead said, “Our paramount concern is the safety and health of the residents in these facilities.
With millions of dollars at stake, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is leading an effort to ensure Wyoming’s healthcare providers are ready for big changes coming this fall in how medical claims are paid.Professional medical providers use International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes to document patient conditions on billing claim forms.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a growing health issue in Wyoming without obvious symptoms, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).“Hypertension has often been referred to as the silent killer because it involves no obvious symptoms,” said Dr. Wendy Braund, state health officer and WDH Public Health Division senior administrator.
The Vital Statistics Services Office at the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is warning residents to be careful if choosing an online provider for birth, death and other certificate services so they don’t face frustrations and high fees.“We sometimes receive complaints from customers who use companies they find online that claim to quickly get official certificates,” said Jim McBride, deputy state registrar with the WDH Vital Statistics Services Office.
Allen Parks is joining the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) in Lander as the new administrator for the Wyoming Life Resource Center (WLRC).“We could not be more pleased to have Allen joining our leadership team in Lander,” said Chris Newman, senior administrator of the WDH Behavioral Health Division.
As a long and severe flu season winds down across the state, Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representatives say at least 26 resident deaths have been linked to influenza across the state since October.“For Wyoming to see 26 influenza-connected deaths in a season stands out and is something we wish we weren’t reporting,” said Dr. Tracy Murphy, state epidemiologist with WDH.
A new Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) effort aims to ensure Wyoming children who must be transported in ambulances are as safe as possible during these critical rides.The Wyoming Responders Safe Transport Initiative (WYRESTRAIN) is led by the WDH Office of Emergency Services (OEMS).“It’s a fact of life that there are times when some Wyoming children must be transported in an ambulance because they are very sick or injured, or because they must go along with family members during a crisis,” said Brandon Kelley, OEMS operations supervisor and Emergency Medical Services for Children coordinator with WDH.
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is prepared to help Wyoming smokers who are ready to quit as the U.S.
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) expects the 2015 Wyoming Conference on Aging, set for April 27-30 in Cheyenne, to help those who attend learn about upcoming challenges facing the state’s older adults.
A surplus federal medical station recently awarded to Wyoming will boost the state’s ability to meet certain medical needs caused by an emergency, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).The federal government decided last year that 18 of its 50 250-bed federal medical stations would be considered surplus and made available for states that wanted them.
Norovirus, a common but sometimes misunderstood stomach bug, is circulating in several communities around the state, according to reports received by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
Wyoming continues to see overall significant declines in junior high and high school students saying they use alcohol and cigarettes, according to new survey reports.