Local input sought for State Health Assessment
The Wyoming Department of Health is inviting local residents to offer their thoughts, ideas and perspectives on the state’s health needs and priorities during upcoming events in Jackson on Oct. 3 and Cody on Oct. 4.
The department is working to complete a comprehensive state health assessment.
“We’re gathering data and information from a variety of sources to better understand Wyoming’s health needs,” said Stephanie Pyle, Public Health Division acting senior administrator with WDH. “Understanding that information will help shape future priorities to best serve our state.”
“The voices of our residents and communities are important to developing a well-rounded assessment,” Pyle said. “We know residents experience and view health in a number of ways. Sharing those experiences helps us recognize the health-related challenges, resources and priorities that exist in Wyoming.”
The Oct. 3 event will be at Jackson Hole Roasters at 50 W. Broadway, with interpretation services available. The Oct. 4 event is set for Cody Coffee Roaster at 3001 Duggelby Drive. In either location, interested residents may attend either an informal open house from 2-6 p.m. or a more structured listening session from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Participants can enjoy a free coffee from the cafés.
Similar sessions are planned for more Wyoming communities and an online survey is available in both English and Spanish. Visit sha.wyo.gov/engagement to find the survey and more information about the state health assessment.
Pyle suggests groups who may be especially interested in providing input for the assessment project include:
• Those who experience health challenges
• Those who have ideas for solutions to health challenges
• Local elected and appointed officials
• Community service agencies
• Health care providers
• Community coalitions
• Business owners
• Economic development groups
• School officials
• Anyone with interest in the health and well-being of our communities