WHC is dedicated to community-based services. It is governed by a nine member board of directors, which sets policy for the organization. Board members volunteer their time and services and come from all over Wyoming. They are representatives of Wyoming counties (divided into population based regions) in which family planning services are provided. Board members have neither financial nor personal investment in any of the family planning clinics.
The Council subcontracts with the local community health organizations which in turn operate the clinics and provide the services. These agencies receive public funds to provide services.
Sources of funding include: 1) the Federal Title X Family Planning Grant; 2) Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Community Benefits grant (Faith Community Nursing Program); 3) The Wyoming Department of Health, Public Health Division (Wyoming Cancer Resource Services) 4) United Way of Laramie County along with other foundation and private funds. At the clinic level, additional funding comes from a variety of sources which may include patient fees and donations, city-county funds, non-federal grants, foundations and fundraising.
To assure access to voluntary family planning and other health care services and to provide education in Wyoming that encompass:
• Quality care
• Comprehensive/Holistic wellness
• Informed choice
• Community collaboration
• Cultural competency
Staff members are available to give presentations to community groups and schools. Audio-Visual materials and pamphlets are available as well as information to help parents provide sexuality education for their children and to encourage positive communication within families.
Clinics provide services to people of all economic status based on a sliding fee scale (costs may differ from clinic to clinic so please check when making an appointment).
Title X Family Planning clinics provide pregnancy tests and options counseling, genetic screening, infertility education, how to involve parents in teens' decision to become sexually active, resisting sexual coercion and STD and AIDS/HIV information. Sites also provide HIV testing either onsite or by referral. Education and counseling on all contraceptive (birth control) methods including abstinence, are provided so each client can discuss options, risks and benefits of each method and choose the best contraceptive for him/her. Men are welcome at all family planning clinics.
Exams are provided by nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or physicians. Each clinic has a physician available for consultation.
WHC and providers seek to prevent abortions through prevention of unintended pregnancies. Wyoming Family Planning clinics do not pay for or perform abortions as public funds may not be used to provide abortion services. Clients requesting information on pregnancy options are informed of all legal options, including prenatal care, adoption and abortion.
If a client has a medical counseling need beyond the capacity of the family planning program, referrals are made to other providers and/or agencies in the community.
Services provided may vary from clinic to clinic. Please check with clinics to be sure the services you need are available.
You can support the family planning program in a number of ways. WHC and service agencies need and welcome donations to support their work and welcome you to become a volunteer board member or serve as a staff volunteer at a clinic. For more information about the family planning program in Wyoming please contact:
Wyoming Health Council
416 W. 24th St.
Cheyenne, WY 82001