wyoming department of health http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Whooping Cough Cases On The Rise In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/whooping-cough-cases-rise-wyoming <p>Wyoming is seeing an increase in cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, according to numbers released by the state Department of Health.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pertussis begins with cold-like symptoms but then progresses to a violent, uncontrollable cough within a few weeks. So far this year 43 cases have been reported, which is higher than this time in any of the last four years.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Kim Deti&nbsp;with the Department of Health says the agency is particularly concerned with several cases in and around Gillette.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:15:34 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61761 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Whooping Cough Cases On The Rise In Wyoming Wyoming Falls In Child Well-Being Rankings http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-falls-child-well-being-rankings <p>Wyoming has dropped several spots in its ranking in a national report on children’s well-being.</p><p>The 2014 Kids Count Index ranked Wyoming 19<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;in the country, down from 15th last year. The report weighs several factors. Wyoming earned a sixth place ranking for children’s economic well-being, but ranked 45<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;in health.</p><p>Some of the factors contributing to that low ranking include rates of teen alcohol abuse, the number of children without health insurance, and the number of babies born underweight.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:56:18 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61752 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Falls In Child Well-Being Rankings Pine Bluffs Recovery Center May Close For Lack Of Funds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pine-bluffs-recovery-center-may-close-lack-funds <p>The Chrysalis house is an addiction treatment center in Pine Bluffs with a unique mission: it provides a home for recovering women and their children.</p><p>But the program doesn’t have enough money to stay open much longer.</p><p>“We really have been very devoted to the program which is why we took on that financial risk a long time ago,” says Dr. David Birney, Executive Director of Cheyenne’s Peak Wellness Center, which operates the Chrysalis house. “At this point there just aren’t sufficient funds to support it.”</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:45:50 +0000 Miles Bryan 60712 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pine Bluffs Recovery Center May Close For Lack Of Funds Wyoming Department Of Health Is Concerned About Measles Outbreaks http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-department-health-concerned-about-measles-outbreaks <p></p><p>There is an increase in measles cases across the U-S and it has federal health officials worried. <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/measles/">http://www.cdc.gov/measles/</a></p><p> They say measles is being transmitted by international travelers and is infecting those who do not have a measles vaccination.&nbsp; Wyoming Department of Health spokesman Kim Deti said state officials are monitoring the situation.</p><p>“In Wyoming we haven’t had a case reported since 2010.&nbsp; What seems to be different here than everywhere else?&nbsp; Well, the real truth is…we’ve been lucky.”</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:28:36 +0000 Bob Beck 59703 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Department Of Health Is Concerned About Measles Outbreaks Wyoming Medicaid Numbers Remain Steady http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-medicaid-numbers-remain-steady <p>Earlier this month the U-S Department of Health and Human Services indicated that Wyoming’s Medicaid and the Children’s Insurance Program known as CHIP had lost four thousand participants.&nbsp;</p><p>But the Wyoming Department of Health says both programs are very busy.&nbsp; The Department’s Jan Stahl says Wyoming numbers go up and down throughout the year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:10:37 +0000 Bob Beck 58205 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Medicaid Numbers Remain Steady Legislature Defeats Another Medicaid Expansion Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislature-defeats-another-medicaid-expansion-bill <p>The Wyoming House of Representatives failed to introduce the second of two committee-sponsored Medicaid Expansion bills, essentially ending the chance that lawmakers will approve an expansion this session.</p><p></p><p><br />The bill was based on the Medicaid fit program that was created by the Wyoming Department of Health. Cheyenne Republican Sue Wilson urged the House to debate it.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 01:14:25 +0000 Bob Beck 54012 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislature Defeats Another Medicaid Expansion Bill Representative Sue Wallis may pursue full marijuana legalization http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/representative-sue-wallis-may-pursue-full-marijuana-legalization <p>Representative Sue Wallis&nbsp;has drafted&nbsp;a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Wyoming.&nbsp;She’s even considering revising it to include recreational marijuana, as well.&nbsp;Wallis toured&nbsp;facilities in&nbsp;Colorado&nbsp;where&nbsp;recreational marijuana&nbsp;is packaged and labeled and says she&nbsp;was impressed with how smoothly&nbsp;everything is going.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:28:03 +0000 Melodie Edwards 52733 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Representative Sue Wallis may pursue full marijuana legalization Park County experiencing Hepatitis-C outbreak http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/park-county-experiencing-hepatitis-c-outbreak <p>Park County saw an increase of 144-percent in newly reported Hepatitis-C cases from 2011 to 2012</p><p>The Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator with the Wyoming Department of Health, Ashley Grajczyk, says right now Park County has about double the state rate of cases.</p><p>“What that means is we have an outbreak in that county,” she says. &nbsp;</p><p>Grajczyk says the health department is “attributing the majority on newly reported cases to injection drug use. 41% of cases reported in 2012 indicated that they had either been currently, recently, or formerly injecting drugs.”</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:55:36 +0000 Irina Zhorov 50207 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Park County experiencing Hepatitis-C outbreak Natrona Health Officer advises waiting until November to get a flu shot http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/natrona-health-officer-advises-waiting-until-november-get-flu-shot <p></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 23:54:12 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 47427 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Natrona Health Officer advises waiting until November to get a flu shot Medicaid to remove caps on long-term home care http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/medicaid-remove-caps-long-term-home-care <p>Wyoming Medicaid is removing a cap on the number of people who can receive long-term care at home. Long-term care is assistance for older adults who are not able to function on their own.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Jesse Springer with Wyoming Medicaid says the change will mean that more elderly individuals will have the option to stay in their homes or communities, rather than move to nursing homes. He says it also makes financial sense.</p><p></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 22:42:10 +0000 Willow Belden 44695 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Medicaid to remove caps on long-term home care Health Department seeks to serve more developmentally disabled Wyomingites http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/health-department-seeks-serve-more-developmentally-disabled-wyomingites <p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:58:01 +0000 Willow Belden 44281 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Health Department seeks to serve more developmentally disabled Wyomingites Wyoming Department of Health administrator discusses Affordable Care Act changes http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-department-health-administrator-discusses-affordable-care-act-changes <p>Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a number of things are changing concerning Medicaid in Wyoming.&nbsp; Jan Stahl is the eligibility and operations administrator for the Wyoming Department of Health.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck spoke with Stahl, who says the changes will take place January first.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:51:23 +0000 Bob Beck 44040 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Department of Health administrator discusses Affordable Care Act changes Recent Flu Numbers High http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/recent-flu-numbers-high <p></p><p>Wyoming is reporting the highest rate of influenza since&nbsp;the&nbsp;swine flu epidemicin 2009.&nbsp;Clay Van Houten with the&nbsp;Wyoming Department of Health says numbers&nbsp;are three times as high as last year.</p><p>“A couple weeks ago we had a little over 450 cases reported,” says Van Houten, “that’s definitely more than any week we’ve had reported since 2009.”</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:30:51 +0000 Sara Hossaini 35051 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Recent Flu Numbers High Medicaid cuts and efficiencies are being discussed http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/medicaid-cuts-and-efficiencies-are-being-discussed <p>Earlier this year the Wyoming legislature told the State Department of Health to study the rising costs of Medicaid and determine if the program can be changed. &nbsp;</p><p>This week the Department will begin a series of meetings to see if members of the public have ideas on how the program can be both more efficient and improved.&nbsp; Medicaid pays for the health care of low income people and those with disabilities.&nbsp; Health Department Spokeswoman Kim Deti&nbsp; says this is not just about trimming the budget. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:46:34 +0000 Bob Beck 26777 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Medicaid cuts and efficiencies are being discussed Wyoming's unintentional death in children remains high http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-unintentional-death-children-remains-high <p>According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, unintentional deaths of children under the age of 19 declined by 29-percent nationally between 2000 and 2009.</p><p>However, Kelly Weidenbach, an epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health, says there has not been a similar drop in Wyoming.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:52:19 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 23066 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming's unintentional death in children remains high Sheridan Hospital looks into sterilzation mishap http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sheridan-hospital-looks-sterilzation-mishap <p>Officials at Sheridan Memorial Hospital say they are being upfront and transparent with the Wyoming Department of Health and patients in regards to equipment that may not have been properly sterilized.</p><p>According to the Department of Health, Sheridan Memorial failed to fully sterilize a piece of surgical equipment known as a laryngeal&nbsp; mask airway between May and November of last year.</p><p>Mike McCafferty is CEO of Sheridan Memorial. He says the hospital is looking into how the situation occurred.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 00:01:34 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 21482 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sheridan Hospital looks into sterilzation mishap The Wyoming Department of Health is already making budget cuts http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-department-health-already-making-budget-cuts <p>The Wyoming Department of Health is facing budget cuts of five percent, following the denial of two budget items by the legislature&rsquo;s Joint Appropriations Committee last month.&nbsp; The department asked the J-A-C to replace 48 million dollars that was lost after federal budget money ran out.&nbsp;</p><p>The funding was for mandatory Medicaid and mandatory emergency health detention costs.&nbsp;</p><p>With the denial, Department of Health Director Tom Forslund says his office is looking at some major cuts.</p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 20:55:21 +0000 Bob Beck 19019 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The Wyoming Department of Health is already making budget cuts Cervical cancer prevention is being urged http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cervical-cancer-prevention-being-urged <p><br />&nbsp;The Wyoming Department of Health is reminding women to take steps to reduce their risk of cervical<br />cancer.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Carol Peterson of the Wyoming Breast and Cervical Cancer Early<br />Detection Program says there has been significant progress in the<br />fight against cervical cancer in recent year.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But a state Health Department report says Wyoming is ranked low<br />at 45th in the nation for women reporting they had at least one Pap<br />test in the past three years. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:32:42 +0000 The Associated Press 18171 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cervical cancer prevention is being urged