The Casper-Natrona County Health Department will celebrate its 65th anniversary this week at its central Casper offices, the agency announced Monday.
“We hope the community can come out and celebrate this big milestone with us” the department’s community prevention manager, Hailey Rodges, said in a statement. “It truly is because of our community that the Casper-Natrona County Health Department has been so successful and we want to thank them.”
The festivities will include an open house Thursday at its offices at 475 S. Spruce St. The event will begin at 4 p.m. and run until 6:30 and is free and open to the public. It will include “free food, a photo booth, a ribbon cutting ceremony, giveaways, tours and more,” according to a department press release.
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The local health agency opened its doors in 1954 with two divisions, according to the department. It has more than tripled in size since then, covering everything from HIV prevention and immunization to emergency preparedness and maternal care.
The department recently hired a new executive director, promoting Anna Kinder from within the agency, where she previously headed up HIV-related efforts.