Our members know their states! Hear from Wyoming 3RNet member, Eileen Dinneen, about what makes this very rural state so wonderful to call home.
Name: Eileen Dinneen
City, State: Cheyenne,WY
Organization: Wyoming Health Resources Network
How long have you lived in Wyoming? Why do you choose to live there?
I have been here 38 years! Access to both Wyoming and Colorado outdoor recreation is tremendous (my kids all ski, camp, hike). This is a great place to raise a family. Wyoming’s small population gives you unprecedented access to lawmakers - they know you on a first name basis (even the folks in Washington, D.C.).
How is 3RNet impacting Wyoming?
Some of our smallest communities have gotten physicians from 3RNet. Candidates serving frontier areas with populations of 3,000, 4,000, or 5,000 have really been the gift of 3RNet in our state.
What are the best cultural events that happen in Wyoming?
Wyoming has an active arts community, there are remarkable music venues, we have the country’s best rodeo, and you can visit any number of truly beautiful mountain ranges and camp, hike, fish like nowhere else.
Why should a health professional choose your state over surrounding states?
The hospital association is very strong here, the facilities are impressive, and healthcare folks are willing to innovate.
What loan repayment programs does Wyoming have?
Anything that makes those programs unique? Individual hospitals provide loan repayment; currently our state does not participate in a loan program.
How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in Wyoming?
We always have spots and we would like to see more visa holders apply.
Are healthcare professionals valued in Wyoming? Do you have any examples?
Yes, the Wyoming Medical Society has a physician leadership program that is outstanding, we have two family medicine residency programs and we actively participate in the WWAMI program with the University of Washington.
Why do people travel to Wyoming?
Wyoming is unlike anywhere else-there are not metro areas, it is the perfect place to embrace nature either through activities like camping, biking, boating, climbing, or to just take in vistas that just take your breath away!
What sports teams does Wyoming have?
Everyone is a University of Wyoming Cowboys fan! Depending on where you live you can follow the Denver Broncos, the Utah Jazz, etc.
What is your favorite local food?
What is Wyoming best known for?
Probably either Jackson or Devil’s Tower.
What is the biggest misconception about Wyoming?
That the weather is terrible-we get less snow than places like Denver. We always have sunshine (280 days per year) so even if it snows, it melts. Summers here are just heaven.
What are the biggest industries in Wyoming?
Ranching, minerals, tourism.
How is the weather/climate in Wyoming?
I think it would be categorized as “high plains” with six months of winter, wonderful summer fall.