Health care and civil rights topic of workshop Thursday in Riverton
— July 22, 2014
(Press release) — The Wyoming Association of Churches will co-sponsor an all-day workshop for a health disparities roundtable Thursday, July 24, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Wind River Casino in Riverton.
“Health disparities for Wyoming’s Native Americans are reflected in the average life span for Wyoming’s Native Americans being age 53 compared to age 79 for the general population. Combine that with inadequate funding for Indian Health Service and the Wyoming’s state legislature failure yet to expand Medicaid insurance to all low income adults are indicators that we need to learn and to act,” said Chesie Lee, the executive director of the Wyoming Association of Churches.
The purpose of the workshop is to determine the need, how to obtain the resources and how to eliminate systemic barriers to health. The afternoon will be devoted to building on the change that has been started. Allison Sage, the director of the Northern Arapaho Department of Health, has convened this workshop to continue the work started several months ago to have a strategic plan developed by consumers and providers for better health practices on the Wind River Reservation. Panelists for the workshop bring regional, state and local experts together. National health class standards will be addressed by Marilyn Salabarria from One World Translation’s community and outreach program, and Andrea Oliver of the Office of Civil Rights at the Health & Human Services.
In addition to the Wind River Health disparities Committee and the Wyoming Association of Churches, co-sponsors of the workshop include the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, the Wind River Hotel & Casino, AARP, CWC Intertribal Cultural Center, Mountain Quality Health and the Regional Health Equity Board.
The public is invited at no cost. To register for a count for lunch, email your intent to attend to Cathy Shakespeare at email@example.com.