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5:55 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Wyoming Does Not Officially Track Health Impacts From Energy

As energy development increases across the country many states are starting to look into whether or not it would be a good idea to set up data bases to track possible health impacts directly attributed to energy development.  Colorado has developed an extensive system within its Department of Health to track and investigate health care impacts.  The State of Wyoming has not developed such a data base. Doctor Tracy Murphy is the state epidemiologist. He says the Department of Health rare fields calls of that nature.

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6:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Ad Campaign Will Encourage Testing

An advertising campaign will be used to try and encourage more people to get tested for H-I-V and other sexually transmitted diseases.  The Wyoming Department of Health’s KnoWyo campaign is used to encourage sexually active people to get tested for S-T-D’s.  Spokeswoman Kim Deti says the program has been effective.

“A lot of people who are infected may not realize that they are and the risk there is spreading it to other people.  And of course with public health in mind that’s something we want to prevent, we want to prevent the spread of those diseases.”

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Open Spaces
4:54 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Developmental Disability waiver changes cause concern

Credit Ark Regional Services

Two years ago the Wyoming legislature asked the Wyoming Department of Health to look into the high costs of Medicaid services in the state.  The legislature wanted them to find ways to reduce those costs and see if there were also ways to reform Wyoming’s Developmental Disability waiver program, which costs the state 151 million dollars a year.

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8:05 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Department of Health adjusts Developmental Disability changes

Plans to fine-tune a major state Developmental Disabilities program will continue, but changes will occur gradually.  

The Home- and Community-Based Waivers program provides services from intensive supervision to help with a number of tasks. 

But nearly 600 people are on the waiting list for services, and the Department of Health has been ordered to reduce the waiting list, without spending more money. 

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4:47 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

“Stupid Cancer” chapter to start in Wyoming

The Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium will be starting the first statewide “Stupid Cancer” chapter to support young adult cancer survivors. 

Jessica Perez, an outreach coordinator with the Wyoming Department of Health, says that “Stupid Cancer” events focus on having fun and networking with other survivors between ages 15-39.

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5:16 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Gov. Mead's energy strategy seeks a balance between development and conservation

Gov. Matt Mead’s energy strategy is beginning to take shape. It is meant to provide a framework for balancing energy production and environmental protection, and should offer more certainty to industry and other stakeholders about energy development in the state.

Mead has devised a series of objectives, including expanding production, investing in more infrastructure, and attracting new industries.

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9:54 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Early Flu Season Should Be Taken Seriously

Flu season is starting earlier than usual in Wyoming. Department of Health Spokeswoman Kim Deti says February and March are usually the peak times for the illness, and it’s not clear why the season is starting early.

Deti says everyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot. She says the vaccines are not guaranteed to prevent getting the flu, but they’re the best protection available.

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9:32 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Cervical cancer prevention is being urged

 The Wyoming Department of Health is reminding women to take steps to reduce their risk of cervical
cancer.
     Carol Peterson of the Wyoming Breast and Cervical Cancer Early
Detection Program says there has been significant progress in the
fight against cervical cancer in recent year.
     But a state Health Department report says Wyoming is ranked low
at 45th in the nation for women reporting they had at least one Pap
test in the past three years.
     Wyoming currently has a 78.3 percent Pap test screening rate,

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8:07 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Wyoming ranks fourth in organ donation rate

Wyoming ranks fourth in the nation for its rate of organ and tissue donation and state health officials are urging more people to sign up.

Nearly 60 percent of Wyoming residents with driver's licenses and ID cards have agreed to donate their organs and tissues when they die.

Cherame Serrano with the Wyoming Department of Health says about 145 people in Wyoming are currently waiting for transplants.