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              Chronic Disease Prevention Program

 

WELCOME

Welcome to the Wyoming Chronic Disease Prevention Program web page. This page is meant to provide our stakeholders with relevant, up-to-date information about our program and issues that impact it.

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Chronic Disease Prevention Program (formerly the Diabetes, Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention and Control Program) is focused on using research-based policies, practices, and programs at the state and community levels that address the growing burden of diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and associated risk factors such as poor nutrition and lack of physical activity. The Program promotes and supports health and well-being for Wyoming's residents through partnerships, workforce development efforts, communication, and quality improvement.

To learn more about the strategic direction of the program, view our strategic map.

*The Program does not provide direct client services to patients with diabetes or heart disease. Additionally, the program does not reimburse such services. For information related to direct client services and/or covered services through the Department of Health's Medicaid Office, click here.

 

BURDEN OF CHRONIC DISEASE IN WYOMING

Chronic disease is a growing problem, both in Wyoming, and across the nation. Below are some brief facts related to chronic disease in Wyoming.

  • About the Diseases
    • Chronic disease accounts for 65% of all deaths each year.
    • Cancer is the leading cause of death.
    • In 2012, 9.1% of Wyoming adults (roughly 40,000 people) had been told by a doctor they have diabetes.
    • In 2011, 6.4% of Wyoming adults (roughly 25,000 people) had been told by a doctor they have prediabetes. 
    • In 2011, heart disease was the 2nd leading cause of death and stroke was the 5th, together accounting for roughly 26% of all deaths.
  • About the Cost of Diseases
    • In Wyoming, from July 2011-June 2012, there were 4,501 cancer-related discharges from Wyoming hospitals, totaling $139,905,490 in costs**.
    • In Wyoming, from July 2011-June 2012, there were 20,322 heart disease-related discharges from Wyoming hospitals, totaling $638,636,259 in costs**.
    • In Wyoming, from July 2011-June 2012, there were 1,833 stroke-related discharges from Wyoming hospitals, totaling $52,473,976 in costs**.
    • In Wyoming, from July 2011-June 2012, there were 6,660 diabetes-related discharges from Wyoming hospitals, totaling $175,589,433 in costs**.
    • In 2012, the American Diabetes Association estimated the national cost of diabetes at $245 billion, of which Wyoming contributed approximately $360 million.

**These costs reflect only inpatient costs. They does not include additional, related costs, such as medication, chemotherapy, rehabilitation, outpatient procedures, or lost productivity.

To learn more, visit our data and publications page, or you can review the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data for Wyoming, by clicking here.

 

COMMON MODIFIABLE RISK FACTORS

The World Health Organization identifies the most important modifiable risk factors for chronic disease as:

  • unhealthy diet,
  • physical inactivity, and
  • tobacco use.

The term "modifiable risk factors," is a way to group some of the unhealthy behaviors people engage in that can increase their risk for developing a chronic disease.

The Chronic Disease Prevention Program works with the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program whenever possible to achieve a common goal of reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. To learn more about tobacco and other substance abuse prevention efforts, click here. You can also visit the Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program page to learn about ways to quit tobacco.

Additionally, the program uses its funding to address poor nutrition and physical inactivity by looking at the environment, systems, and policies that can help or hurt health. In collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education, the program seeks to promote evidence based nutrition and physical activity strategies for children from preschool through high school.  For more information on new USDA guidelines for all foods in schools or other nutrition resources go to htttp://www.fns.usda.gov