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Family to Family Health Information Center|Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

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Wyoming Family to Family Health Information Center
1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 4298
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2561
Toll Free: 1-888-989-9463
TTY: (307) 766-2720
Fax: (307) 766-2763
Email: sdirienz@uwyo.edu
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About WY F2F HIC

The WY Family to Family Health Information Center in Wyoming is a statewide, family-led initiative that provides information, education, training, outreach and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them. WIND partners with the Wyoming Department of Health’s Maternal and Child Health Section and Office of Multicultural Health, UPLIFT-Wyoming’s Federation of Families, UW faculty members, families and Wyoming health professionals to develop and provide health care information. The centers are staffed by trained family leaders who have children with special health care needs and expertise in navigating federal, state and local public and private health care systems.

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Faculty partnerships

Tami Benham-Deal, P.E.D. is an associate professor in the Division of Kinesiology and Health at the University of Wyoming in the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Benham-Deal’s research interests include changes in young children's physical activity patterns over time. She has conducted research on health literacy, parental influence on children’s physical activity, and physical activity in schools. She is a board member on the Wyoming Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and a consultant for Health and Physical Education for the Wyoming Department of Education. Dr. Benham-Deal will serve as a faculty-family partner in the area of exercise.

Anne Bowen, Ph.D. is a former professor in the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing at the University of Wyoming in the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Bowen earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology at West Virginia University. She has a background in behavior and health of children with disabilities and multicultural health issues. She has clinical and research experience with a variety of childhood conditions such as childhood encopresis and cystic fibrosis.  Dr. Bowen is also known for research on HIV/AIDs and substance abuse. Dr. Bowen will serve as a faculty-family partner for socialization and mental health in developing products and as a featured guest in webinars. 

Carol J. Hermansen-Kobulnicky, Ph.D., R.Ph. is an associate professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wyoming in the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Hermansen-Kobulnicky earned her Ph.D. in Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research interests include patient advocacy, including shared decision-making and patient symptom self-monitoring and its uses. Dr. Hermansen-Kobulnicky will serve as a family-faculty partner in the proper use of medications. 

D. Enette Larson-Meyer, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Science, and an adjunct professor in the Division of Kinesiology and Health in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Larson-Meyer received her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from the University of Alabama. Her research interests include maternal, infant and adolescent; health and performance of active individuals, particularly women, at all stages of the lifecycle and at all levels of performance - from the casual exerciser to the elite athlete; and whole body and skeletal muscle metabolism, its relationship to nutrient intake, and its influence on both disease prevention and athletic performance. She will serve as a faculty-family partner on nutrition for families and children with special health care needs in developing products and as a featured guest in a webinar.

William MacLean Jr., Ph.D. is a professor of psychology at the University of Wyoming in the College of Health Sciences and the executive director of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities. Dr. MacLean holds licensure as a psychologist in Wyoming and has been active in the field of clinical psychology since completing his doctoral degree in 1980.  He has an extensive record of leadership in clinical and research training at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels. He served as director of graduate programs in clinical psychology for 16 years, first at Vanderbilt University and then at the University of Wyoming.  He also co-directed NIH supported institutional research training programs in behavioral pediatrics and intellectual disability at Vanderbilt University.  Dr. MacLean has considerable clinical experience in the field of developmental disability and behavioral pediatrics. In addition to direct service provision, he has served as a clinical supervisor for doctoral students in psychology, psychology interns, and post-doctoral trainees in psychology and pediatrics.  While he has considerable expertise in intellectual disability, his research program includes studies on autism and chronic physical conditions such as hemophilia, asthma, scoliosis and childhood cancer. He will serve as a faculty-family partner in developmental milestones in developing products and as a featured guest in webinars. Dr. MacLean will also provide direction for the project evaluation.

Douglas Scambler, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Laramie, Wyoming. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and subsequently completed his internship at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. Dr. Scambler then completed a postdoctoral fellowship focused on autism spectrum disorders at JFK Partners at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Prior to opening his private practice in Wyoming in 2007, he was an assistant professor of psychology at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Scambler’s clinical interests include: (1) assessment of autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan; (2) treatment of autism spectrum disorders with an emphasis on social and communication problems. He conducts assessments across the State of Wyoming and has made numerous regional presentations. In addition, Dr. Scambler is a member of several professional associations including the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).

Teresa Lynn Wolff, MS, RN is an assistant lecturer in the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing at the University of Wyoming in the College of Health Sciences.  Wolff received her M.S.N. in Community Health from the University of New Mexico. She is Certified Lactation Counselor and a member of the American Nurses’ Association, Wyoming Nurses’ Association, and the Wyoming Public Health Association.  She has experience in nursing care, maternal health, and health promotion in community settings.  Wolff has written over 100 published articles in trade journals. She will serve as a faculty-family partner in breast feeding in developing products and as a featured guest in webinars.

Organizational partnerships

UPLIFT, Wyoming’s Federation of Families, a family-staffed/run organization with family support specialists to develop and deliver health care training, information and support through the family-to-family model, provide training to families and to mentor families to make informed decisions about health care that promote quality treatment, are cost-effective, and improve health outcomes. UPLIFT’s mission statement is encouraging success and sustainability for children and youth with or at risk of emotional, behavioral, learning, developmental, or physical disorders at home, school, and the community. UPLIFT Family Support Specialists work one-on-one with families to provide care coordination, support, advocacy, education, mentoring, information, and referral services uniquely tailored to each family’s specific needs.

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) provides leadership to ensure that all Wyoming women, children and families, including those with special health care needs, have access to prevention services and public health programs to create a strong foundation for optimal lifelong health. The vision of MCH is to build healthy foundations for Wyoming families.

The Wyoming Office of Multicultural Health (WOMCH) provides direct oversight for the Federal Office Minority Health (OMH).  The mission of the WOMCH is to minimize health disparities among underserved populations in the state though networking, partnerships, education, and collaboration and to promote culturally competent programs aimed at improving health equity.

 

Medical Home

Medical Home Portal LogoWIND recommends the Medical Home Portal for families and professionals who would like to learn more about children with special health care needs. The Medical Home Portal aims to provide ready access to reliable and useful information for professionals and families to help them care and advocate for children with special health care needs (CSHCN), as partners in the Medical Home model. The long-range goal is to improve outcomes for CSHCN and their families by enhancing the availability and quality of healthcare, related services, and coordination of care.

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