(307) 777-7172. Provides key professional and support functions to division and 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.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS):
Joseph Grandpre, PhD, MPH, (307) 777-8654. Coordinates ongoing telephone survey of health-related behaviors and preventive health practices of Wyoming adults, disseminates results, and provides data for health planning at the community level.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program:
Meaghan McClellan, BSN, RN, (307) 777-6006. Statewide program provides breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services for uninsured women who meet the program's income and age/risk factor eligibility criteria; provides access to breast or cervical cancer treatment for program-enrolled women. Program collaborates with local, state and national partners to implement breast and cervical cancer awareness, education and prevention activities.
Cancer Surveillance Program:
Julia Espinoza, BS, RHIT, CTR, (307) 777-3477. Collects detailed information on all cancer cases diagnosed in Wyoming. This information is used to evaluate the effectiveness of cancer prevention programs and helps hospital administrators and physicians plan cancer treatment programs. The program routinely responds to public requests for data on cancer in Wyoming, and publishes several cancer reports each year.
Colorectal Cancer Screening Program:
Meaghan McClellan, BSN, RN, Program Manager (307) 777-6006. Statewide program provides colonoscopies for colorectal cancer screening and prevention for uninsured and underinsured Wyoming residents who meet the program's income and age/risk factor eligibility criteria. Program collaborates with local, state and national partners to implement colorectal cancer awareness, education and prevention activities.
Comprehensive Cancer Control Program:
Liz Mikesell, (307) 777-8609. Provides leadership and coordination of statewide cancer prevention and control activities by creating, implementing, and monitoring objectives pertaining to prevention, early detection and screening, diagnosis and treatment, and quality of life (including survivorship and palliative care). The program also works to identify cancer-related resources at the local, state, regional, and national levels, as well as assist in identifying strategies to eliminate or reduce gaps in services. The program seeks to decrease the impact of cancer on Wyoming people, families, and communities in a comprehensive and collaborative manner.
Diabetes Prevention and Control Program:
Felicia Gutierrez, (307) 777-3579. Provides leadership and coordination of statewide diabetes prevention and control activities focused on public awareness, provider education, improved patient care, and policy development.
Tracy Murphy, MD, State Epidemiologist (307) 777-7716. Oversees surveillance and control of epidemiologic activities throughout the State, supervises field staff in these efforts, provides analytic/medical consultation for Division of Public Health programs, and disseminates communicable and non-communicable epidemiologic data.
Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program:
Felicia Gutierrez (307) 777-3579. Provides Wyoming residents with cardiovascular disease education, as well as providing professional education and cardiovascular disease statistics to health professionals, conducts continuing research in the area of cardiovascular disease in Wyoming, and partners with other groups for risk reduction activities.
Bronwen Anderson, MS, (307) 777-7529. Provides educational outreach on HIV and AIDS, provides counseling and testing services through contracted community agencies, serves as payer of last resort for client medical and ancillary bills, and coordinates community planning.
HIV/AIDS Surveillance Program:
Cheryl Corbin, (307) 777-7719. HIV/AIDS surveillance data for Wyoming. This program provides ongoing systematic collection, analysis, evaluation and dissemination of HIV/AIDS data.
Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program (IDEpi):
Clay Van Houten, JR., MS, Chief, Emerging Diseases/Health Statistics Unit, (307) 777-5596. The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program oversees the surveillance and control of infectious diseases throughout the State including: food and waterborne diseases (E. coli, giardia, etc.), vaccine-preventable diseases (pertussis, bacterial meningitis, etc.), zoonotic diseases (plague, Q-fever, etc.), and vectorborne diseases (West Nile Virus, Colorado tick fever, etc.). The program responds to and investigates clusters and outbreaks of illnesses. It also provides analytic and medical consultations for healthcare providers Statewide.
Institutional Review Board:
Karl Musgrave DVM, MPH (307) 777-5825. The Wyoming Department of Health, Institutional Review Board (WDH IRB), is charged to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the Wyoming Department of Health. Research which involves the participation of human subjects requires approval or exemption from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the initiation of the project.
Lead Poisoning Prevention Program:
Steve Melia, MSPH, (307) 777-6015. Provides surveillance for pediatric and adult blood lead screening. Provides information regarding environmental and medical follow-up to ensure cases of lead poisoning are identified. Provides professional and public health materials on adult and pediatric lead poisoning prevention.
Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant
Linda Chasson, MS, (307) 777-7958. The health needs of communities are diverse, complex, and constantly changing. The Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant gives grantees the flexibility to prioritize the use of funds to fill funding gaps in programs that deal with leading causes of death and disability, as well as the ability to respond rapidly to emerging health issues.
Public Health Laboratory:
Richard Harris, PhD, (307) 777-7431. Provides public health and safety testing by supporting public health-related disease testing, drug and alcohol toxicology, and bioterrorism preparedness. Disease testing included surveillance for the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, HIV, Hepatitis, STD and TB Programs; drinking water analysis, disease outbreak response, and testing for medical facilities. Toxicology includes blood and alcohol, drug testing for state and local agencies, and managing the State Intoximeter Program. Laboratory staff provide laboratory consultation training and expert witness services.
Steve Melia, MSPH, (307) 777-6015. Provides educational, awareness and training programs for professionals and residents of Wyoming. Radon information can be obtained throughout Wyoming by accessing www.wyomingradon.org or by contacting Public Health Nursing Offices, the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Offices, the Wyoming-Montana Safety Council, or a local real estate office. Radon presentations for real estate agents, appraisers, architects, home inspectors, science and health teachers, health care providers, contractors and building code officials are available by contacting the radon office in Cheyenne. Referrals to accredited radon training centers and certified radon professionals are also available by contacting the Cheyenne radon office or via the radon website www.wyomingradon.org.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Prevention Program:
Canyon Hardesty, MS, CHES, (307) 777-8939. Conducts active and passive surveillance activities to identify morbidity and the prevalence of sexually-transmitted diseases. Maintains morbidity and epidemiologic data bases, and works in collaboration with community-based health care providers to conduct screening, counseling, and treatment of clients.
Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Program:
Erica Mathews, (307) 777-6463. Provides leadership and coordination of statewide community-based substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts.
Tobacco Prevention and Control Program:
Joe D'Eufemia, (307) 777-3744. Provides leadreship and coordination of statewide community-based tobacco prevention and control efforts.
Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program:
Canyon Hardesty, MS, CHES, (307) 777-8939. Responsible for: Identifying and causing to be treated those people who have active disease; finding and screening contacts of infectious TB cases; offering preventive therapy to those who are infected; and screening members of high-risk populations to find those with TB infection or disease.