WYOMING

1000 E. University Ave. Department 4298
Laramie, WY 82071-2000
Phone:  (307) 766-2764Fax:  (307) 766-2763Toll-Free:  (888) 989-9463
      
Primary Contact(s):
Michelle Heinen (307) 778-8686 - UPLIFT- WY F2F Partner
Sandy Root-Elledge (307) 766-2764
Molli Rosenbaum (307) 766-2977
Grant Abstract Summary:
preventative health care, Affordable Care Act, youth transition to adult care, WY healthcare resources and financing through family-UW faculty developed webinars, a family list serve, project web site, printed productions and peer family support. Families will use knowledge gained from F2F in WY to make good healthcare decisions that promote quality treatment, are cost effective, and improve health outcomes.

Activities/Methodology:
  • Family/Faculty partnerships will develop trainings, fact sheets, social media tips and a website that address the importance of breastfeeding, socialization, medications, preventative mental and health care, developmental milestones, nutrition, exercise, medical home, quality time, health care resources, and health care financing developed through family. While this information will be available for downloading on the website, families will be provided with DVDs of the trainings and printed copies of the fact sheets.
  • Family support specialists will provide peer family support to families that have a child with special health care needs.
  • Oral health care materials, including a children's storybook, will be distributed to families and health care providers.
  • Panel discussion of post-transition-age adults will answer questions from high school students about transitioning to self-management of their health care; panel discussion will be broadcast and archived.
Highlighted Activity:
Video Series
The WY F2F HIC has created videos for families to learn more information about specialized health topics for CSHCN. The information in these videos is research-based and features experts, including family leaders, community professionals, and U of WY faculty. All videos are accompanied with a downloadable fact sheet with more information. Topics include: breastfeeding, developmental milestones, nutrition, medication use, socialization, well-being, mental health, autism and the DSM V, and medical home initiatives in Wyoming. These videos are available on-demand so families can access the information whenever is most convenient for them, including through smart phones. These videos have reached over 435 viewers. In our 2013 survey, families rated these videos as ‘very useful’. In 2014, WY F2F HIC is collaborating with WY Department of Family Services to provide these videos to foster parents to earn continuing education units and better serve children in foster care with SHCN.