Health Disparities Roundtable set for Thursday in Riverton

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A workshop planned on Thursday of this week will address the issue of health disparities on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The all-day event is planned at the Wind River Casino .

Panelists will addresses issues including how health care, or the lack thereof, is reflected in the average life span for the general population being 79 years while for Native Americans, it is only 53. “Combine that with inadequate funding for the Indian Health Service and the Wyoming State Legislature’s 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, according to a news release from the association.

Allison Sage, 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, the news release stated.

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

–Provided by the Wyoming Association of Churches