Overcoming Rural Health Disparities in Park County, Wyoming
Rural Wyoming residents in Park and Hot Springs counties are a populace that experiences health disparities. Health disparities are differences in health status compared to the population overall, often categorized by indicators such as higher incidence of disease and/or disability, increased mortality rates, lower life expectancies, and higher rates of pain and suffering. Rural risk factors for health disparities include geographic isolation, lower socioeconomic status, higher rates of health risk behaviors, limited access to healthcare specialists and subspecialists, and limited job opportunities. This inequality is intensified as rural residents are less likely to have employer-provided health insurance coverage, and if they are poor, they often are not covered by Medicaid.
This partnership aims to reduce these disparities and improve the health and overall well-being of Park County, Wyoming residents.
Yellowstone Country Assistance Network has partnered with Heritage Health Center (HHC), a non-profit, federally qualified community health center (FQHC) providing primary care and services to those living in the Big Horn Basin. Heritage Health Center is a primary care clinic with highly experienced medical and behavioral health staff, including a physician, a physician’s assistant, nursing staff trained in care management, two licensed clinical social workers, and a licensed practical counselor specializing in youth counseling. The clinic offers traditional healthcare services such as routine primary care visits, preventative care, chronic disease management, lab work, and behavioral health counseling in a team-based model.
Heritage Health Center Services are available for all people, including those with insurance and those without insurance. Heritage Health Center offers a sliding fee schedule for services based on household income and size as a federally qualified community health center. In addition, the clinic accepts payment from Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and private health insurance.
Yellowstone Country Assistance Network coordinates numerous healthcare services with Heritage’s Licensed Clinical Social Workers to provide continuity in care and short-term and ongoing essential services for eligible patients. This ensures patients improve their health and well-being.
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Powell, WY 82435