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Unlocking Community Health Access Together 

Health disparities and access issues in Wyoming are well known and documented yet community health conditions continue to lag. This project brings communities, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), industry stakeholders, and the University of Wyoming together to increase public engagement and deliberation in establishing common ground around strategies to address rural community health challenges. This process will empower communities to advocate for their preferred health improvement strategies and provide needed community-level preferences to the state legislature. Increasing local engagement in health conversations involves understanding communities’ barriers and incentives to participate in public processes, including cultural inertia, work schedules, language, and community values, as well as trusted sources and types of information.  

The Unlocking Community Health Access Together (UCHAT) project is comprised of three phases that will build community support for health improvement strategies through an inclusive deliberative process. The first phase involves University of Wyoming WWAMI medical students venturing out into communities to conduct small group interviews to better understand barriers and opportunities to engagement across underrepresented or at-risk populations. With a better understanding of communities’ engagement challenges and sources of information, phase two will bring diverse groups of people together in virtual roundtables where they will engage in a deliberative process to prioritize local health improvement strategies. This process provides a forum for individuals to share their perspectives, understand the interests of others, and weigh tradeoffs while prioritizing health improvement strategies. Additionally, phases one and two will enable us to explore how public engagement builds trust in health information, entities that create or distribute health information, and the different mediums through which health information is disseminated. Phase three will focus on identifying tools, programs, analyses, or data that will assist communities to achieve their goals in a collaborative manner. Future grant submissions will leverage the information learned in these phases to explore nuanced challenges and opportunities in increasing health access and outcomes in rural communities.


Approved Issue Briefs (PDF)

SHIP Priority Issue Guide for CGA Forums-FINAL approved access(English)

SHIP Priority Issue Guides for CGA Forums-FINAL approved access(Spanish)

SHIP Priority Issue Guides for CGA Forums-FINAL approved BH(English)

SHIP Priority Issue Guides for CGA Forums-FINAL approved BH(Spanish)

SHIP Priority Issue Guides for CGA Forums-FINAL approved UI(English)

SHIP Priority Issue Guides for CGA Forums-FINAL approved UI(Spanish)





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