Local input sought for State Health Assessment
Meetings scheduled in Rawlins, Evanston, Rock Springs
by Wyoming Department of Health
October 4, 2017
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is inviting local residents to offer their thoughts, ideas and perspectives on the state’s health needs and priorities during upcoming events in Rawlins on October 10, Evanston on October 11 and Rock Springs on October 12.
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 October 10 Rawlins event will be held in room B116 at Carbon County Higher Education Center, located at 1650 Harshman. The October 11 Evanston event is set for Ana’s on Main Street, located at 927 Main Street. The October 12 Rock Springs event will be at Coal Train Coffee Depot, located at 501 S. Main Street, and will feature Spanish language interpretation services. In each 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 free coffee during the sessions.
The Wyoming Business Council is facilitating each event, and similar sessions are planned for more Wyoming communities. An online survey is available in both English and Spanish. Please 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
• Healthcare providers
• Community coalitions
• Business owners
• Economic development groups
• School officials
• Anyone with interest in the health and well-being of our communities