Officials with the Wyoming Department of Health will be kicking off a series of ''listening sessions" on Tuesday in Cheyenne, according to department spokeswoman Kim Deti.

The sessions are to gather input on the state's health needs and priorities.

The first meeting is slated for Cheyenne on Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Dad's Cafe at 200 E. 17th Street. An informal open house will be held from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the same location.

Deti says a series of similar meetings will be held across Wyoming, with the dates and locations to be announced over the next few weeks.

While health issues affect almost everyone, Stephanie Pyle, a Public Health Division Senior Administrator with the agency, says there may be some groups of people who may be especially interested in providing input.

They include:

-Those who experience health challenges
-Those who have ideas for solutions to health challenges
-Local elected and appointed officials
-Community service agencies
-Healthcare providers
-Community coalitions
-Business owners
-Economic development groups
-School officials

Anyone with interest in the health and well-being of our communities is also invited to comment, according to Pyle.