The WYPCA has supported health centers in Wyoming for over 20 years to help them serve their communities
Jan Cartwright has been the Executive Director for the past three years after beginning her work with the Wyoming Primary Care Association in 2009 as the Health Policy Director. She describes her move to the WYPCA as the smartest and luckiest event in her career.
Jan has worked in health policy for nearly 20 years and chaired several health and prevention focused coalitions, including the Natrona County Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition, the statewide Cardiovascular Disease Coalition, and Wyoming Coalition for Medicaid Solutions. She oversaw a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant that led to a significant cigarette tax increase and the first 100% smoke free Wyoming city ordinance in 2003 and 2004 respectively. In 2011, she was the lead on successful legislation that provided the first state grant funding that helped four Wyoming communities expand health care services to underserved populations.
She reports that the best part of her work is supporting the growth of Community Health Centers (aka FQHCs) in the state. Wyoming has won federal awards to open Health Centers in the last three funding cycles, which is a highly competitive process. She is proud to have strong collaborations within her own organization, the Community Health Centers and with many statewide partners.
Outside of work, she is a member of the leadership team for the Cheyenne League of Women Voters and has a keen interest in mental health and equity issues. Jan is a native of Casper, Wyoming and is proud of her blue-collar roots. She along with her father and both grandfathers worked in the “oil patch”. She has a BSW from the University of Wyoming/Casper College. She has five grown children who are the biggest points of pride of her life. You can reach Jan at [email protected].
Office Manager and Events Coordinator
Office Manager/Events Coordinator – Kathy Johnson joined the WYPCA as Office Manager in April 2013. She has since taken on many roles to assist our member health centers. She provides training and technical assistance and coordinates anything and everything surrounding events both in and out of the office. Kathy has a wide range of experience in the health care industry including: physical therapy aide, front office staff, communication support for conferences and data integrity. Kathy has also dabbled in management. She holds an Associate’s from Fort Morgan Community College.
A long-time Wyoming resident, Kathy has been out-of-state for only two years out of her life. She and her husband are happy to call Cheyenne home. Kathy is the proud mom of a beautiful daughter, Mother in law to a great son in law and Grandma to a very handsome grandson. In her spare time she likes to be with her family and friends, play softball and go camping. You can reach Kathy at: [email protected]
Director of Operations
Communications and Provider Services Manager – Hannah Wickey joined the WYPCA in August 2014. She works with Wyoming Community Health Centers on multiple fronts including workforce, special populations and outreach and enrollment with Marketplace health coverage. She strives to strengthen all communications between the health centers, the communities they serve and invaluable partners around the state. Hannah prefers to work in a non–profit setting, where the focus is on mission rather than profits. She enjoys working and collaborating with the health centers to make health care more accessible to all Wyomingites. You can reach Hannah at: [email protected]
Clinical Quality Director
Grace Tena De Lara
Clinical Quality Director – Grace Tena De Lara joined the WYPCA team as Clinical Quality Director in April 2018. She has a wealth of leadership, quality, risk, compliance, customer service, curricula development and process improvement experience. She has worked with large to mid-size inpatient and outpatient healthcare organizations in various states delivering outcome based initiatives and training clinical staff members. Her ability to lead organizational change toward positive outcomes to meet regulatory standards has placed Grace on a fast career track. Grace started her career in healthcare as a clinical data analyst, after 3 years she was promoted to executive coach and later was recruited to be a clinical quality manager. Throughout her career she had the opportunity to lead healthcare organizations through CMS and JACHO improvement standards.
While at the WYPCA, Grace strives to provide health centers with training and technical assistance to increase access to care, achieve operational excellence, improve health outcomes and to help reduce health disparities in our communities. There is no ask too big for her, so please don’t hesitate to contact Grace for your clinical quality needs at [email protected].
Clinical Project Manager
Clinical Project Manager – Scott Cheney joined the WYPCA in May 2018. A Wyoming native, Scott brings a passion for non-profit work and working with underserved populations throughout Wyoming. At the WYPCA Scott works with the Community Health Centers to facilitate increased communicable disease testing and early intervention strategies. In doing this work Scott seeks to increase access to care for rural populations and assist the Wyoming health centers in offering services that are needed and reducing barriers that are often encountered. Prior to joining the team at the WYPCA Scott worked in a Title X clinic building educational curricula around communicable diseases, providing HIV case management as a Ryan White Case Manager, working with a local domestic violence prevention program, and is a founding member of Wyoming AIDS Assistance. You can reach Scott at [email protected]
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