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Public Health Division 




Community Health

Immunization Provides vaccine to public and private medical providers to immunize children, birth to 18 years of age. The program also educates about vaccines and immunizations and provides technical support on vaccines/immunizations and immunization computer programs.

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Together with partners, assesses, monitors and improves the health and well-being of mothers, infants, children, and adolescents including children and youth with special health care needs.

Oral Health Administers the semi-annual Cleft Palate Clinic, payment for dental services to the elderly, and children’s dental programs; supervises community oral health coordinators, which are located in 13 counties.

Public Health Nursing
Public Health Nursing (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 also serves as the local service provider for immunizations and maternal and family health programs.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) A federally funded program that provides a nutritious supplemental food package, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and health referrals to at-risk pregnant, postpartum, and breast-feeding women; infants; and children up to age five whose incomes fall at or below 185 percent of poverty.


 

Health Readiness and Response Section

Emergency Medical Services The Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) provides oversight to the statewide comprehensive EMS and Trauma System. The OEMS helps ensure quality emergency care to the general public by credentialing personnel, deploying and providing EMS education, licensing ambulance services, inspecting vehicles, reviewing hospitals under the Trauma Program, assisting healthcare providers and facilities with preparedness, providing technical assistance and administrative support and taking legal action. The program assures that regional accredited poison information and treatment center is available to residents and healthcare professionals 24 hours/day/365 days/year.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit (PHEP) Develops, coordinates, trains and exercises Wyoming Department of Health response plans for public health emergencies. Provides funding and guidance to county and tribal public health entities and enhances laboratory, epidemiology and communications capabilities.

Rural and Frontier Health Coordinates efforts to improve the health of Wyoming’s residents, with a focus on access for the medically underserved. The Community Services Program works towards improving the health, safety and well-being of low-income Wyoming residents as they move towards self-sufficiency, while the Office of Multicultural Health focuses on minimizing health disparities among underserved and minority populations across the state. The End Stage Renal Disease program assists low-income Wyomingites with end stage renal disease related expenses and the Wyoming Cares/Wyoming Shares program furthers education about organ donation statewide. Also enhancing healthcare for Wyoming’s communities, the Office of Rural Health supports the development of an adequate healthcare workforce while promoting collaboration in expanding comprehensive, community-based healthcare.


Preventive Health and Safety Section

Chronic Disease and Substance Abuse Prevention Unit Receives federal and state funding to manage diverse state- and community-based programs for the prevention and early intervention of underage drinking and adult binge drinking, tobacco use, drug abuse, suicide and chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease/stroke and diabetes; cancer surveillance and reporting; and outreach and education efforts.

Communicable Disease Unit Receives federal and state funding for prevention and education of the following communicable diseases: tuberculosis, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis B and C, and sexually transmitted infections. Provides funding for health education and risk reduction interventions.


Public Health Sciences Section

Chronic Disease and Maternal Child Health Epidemiology This program collects detailed information on cancer cases diagnosed in Wyoming. The program also coordinates needs assessment activities to monitor the health of mothers, children and youth in the state.

Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program oversees the surveillance and control of infectious diseases throughout the state including: food and waterborne disease (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.).

Public Health Laboratory
Performs analytical procedures for both Public Health Sciences Section, and for state and community health, law enforcement and substance abuse agencies. Public Health Emergency Preparedness lab, BSL-3 capability for detection of biohazardous/bioterrorism agents, development of testing procedures for emerging pathogens, clinical lab training, outbreak preparedness for biohazardous agents and chemical terrorism preparedness. Chemical testing program performs DUI alcohol analysis, substance abuse toxicology, drug analysis collection training, intoximeter training/quality control and expert witness services. Microbiology service provides testing for communicable and infectious diseases and outbreaks, bacterial/parasite identification, strep testing, viral vaccine serology, mycobacteriology, molecular typing, STD and blood-borne virus detection, EPA drinking water analysis, West Nile virus testing and influenza surveillance.