Wyoming comes from the Dakota word "mscheweamiing" meaning "at the big flats" or "large plains." Wide-open grasslands, scenic rivers, and spectacular mountains dominate the Wyoming landscape from the Grand Teton to Yellowstone National Park, from the Shoshone National Forest to the eastern Great Plains. Wyoming covers 97,100 square miles, with a 2015 estimated population of 586,107 people – 406,808 living in rural Wyoming (USDA-ERS). Cheyenne, the capital, is located in the south-eastern region of the state. It is the state’s largest city followed by Casper and Laramie. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 92.7% of the state’s population is white, 2.7% is American Indian & Alaska Native, and 9.9% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2015).
Wyoming Rural Healthcare Facilities
There are 23 hospitals in Wyoming (Kaiser, 2015). The state has 16 hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 2/2017). There are 16 Rural Health Clinics in Wyoming (CMS, 2016), and 6 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 13 sites in the state (NACHC, 2015).
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Wyoming
Most Wyomingites have some form of health insurance coverage, although 10% of its residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2014). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Wyomingites in 2015 was $56,081, although rural per-capita income rose above at $55,034. The ERS reports, based on 2015 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Wyoming is 10.6%, compared with 12.2% in urban areas of the state. 7.7% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 7.8% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2011-2015 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Wyoming is at 4.1%, and in urban Wyoming it is at 4.3% (USDA-ERS, 2015).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Rural Health Clinic List; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; National Association of Community Health Centers: Key Health Center Data By State; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
Seeks to enhance access to healthcare service, support the development of an adequate healthcare workforce, and promote collaboration in expanding comprehensive, community-based healthcare in rural Wyoming.
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Last Reviewed: 12/30/2016