Flex and SHIP Program Manager, Wyoming Office of Rural Health
How did you get to where you are now?
My background is in higher education and I felt like I needed a change. When my youngest child graduated from college, I decided that was the time. I moved from South Dakota to Wyoming, not knowing a soul. I took a position at the Office of Rural Health and Sharla has been a great mentor over the years. I consider this an adventure and I love learning all that I can about rural health.
What inspires you and excites you most about working for a SORH?
The people. The people in small communities wear so many different hats and they are a wealth of knowledge. I love to meet with new partners and stakeholders. When you put names and faces together, you make a better connection for both sides.
What is the biggest challenge facing SORH leaders today?
There is a constant struggle to do more with less. We are working with stakeholders on prioritization to help them stay afloat. Wyoming did not expand Medicaid, so it is important for us to work with our providers to help them remain viable and maintain access to care in these communities.
What is the most important thing you are working on right now?
Right now, I am learning how to input data into the Cart tool and looking at population health data. However, when the Flex grant comes out next month that will be the most important thing I am working on.
What do you do to unplug (and unwind)?
I love the sun. Anytime there is any sun, I am outside – even in windy Wyoming. I like to garden, hike, ride bikes, and be with family. This year, I want to take more classes at the local community college.