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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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,