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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2000

Ryan Announces Grants To Address Osteoporosis And Other Women's Health Needs

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the awarding of $2 million in grants to local health departments and other organizations to address the special health problems that women face at every stage of life.

"Through these innovative programs, we are responding to the unique health needs of women of all ages," Ryan said. "The goal is to improve a woman's quality of life by attempting to prevent chronic conditions and by offering information about the latest treatment options to women affected by various diseases."

A total of 58 grants were awarded in two categories -- women's health initiatives received $1,345,000 and osteoporosis awareness and prevention received $630,000. Ryan pushed for a $300,000 increase in this year's grants, which are being awarded for the third year.

"In the past, the focus of women's health efforts has been on maternal and child health issues," Ryan said. "While that concentration will continue, we also know that women have many other health concerns that must be addressed and we are doing that with these grant awards."

Women's health initiative funds are earmarked for innovative programs that encourage healthy lifestyles in women and girls of all ages and support community outreach, health promotion, education and research. Priorities include menopause, mental health, breast and cervical cancer, domestic violence, healthy lifestyles and cardiovascular disease.

About half the women's health initiative grants are going to projects that directly or indirectly impact cardiovascular disease. Illinois ranks 35th in female death rates from heart disease.

Osteoporosis grants were awarded based on priorities that include professional and public education; bone screenings with case management and follow-up; and clinical research that compares, analyzes and develops intervention strategies addressing risk factors associated with the disease.

Ryan noted that health experts estimate about 1.2 million citizens of Illinois, 80 percent of them women, suffer from osteoporosis, a debilitating disease of the bones that can be prevented and treated. While often linked to aging, a proper diet and exercise can delay the disease and early interventions can halt or delay further loss of bone mass.

Attached is a list of those receiving awards.

OrganizationEmphasis Award
Adams County Health DepartmentCardiovascular disease$33,000
Asian Human Services, ChicagoOsteoporosis34,000
Aunt Martha's Youth Service, Chicago HeightsOsteoporosis40,000
Bureau County Health DepartmentCardiovascular disease, mental health, menopause, domesticviolence16,900
Champaign-Urbana Public Health Dist.Adolescent health behaviors 40,000
Crawford County Health DepartmentCardiovascular disease 8,000
Decatur Memorial HospitalOsteoporosis47,500
DeWitt-Piatt Bi-County Health Dept.Cardiovascular disease 30,000
DuPage County Health DepartmentOsteoporosis50,000
East Side Health DistrictCardiovascular disease50,000
Edgar County Health DepartmentOsteoporosis9,500
Erie Family Health Center, ChicagoDomestic violence 48,000
Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Dept.Osteoporosis8,700
Healthy Families ChicagoDiet/nutrition50,000
Howard Brown Health Center, ChicagoOsteoporosis45,000
Illinois Dental Hygienist AssociationBreast cancer40,000
Illinois Institute of TechnologyMental health49,900
Jackson County Health DepartmentOsteoporosis46,000
Jersey County Health DepartmentOsteoporosis10,000
John Wood Community College, QuincyOsteoporosis50,000
County Health DepartmentHealth issues49,000
Knox County YMCA, GalesburgOsteoporosis14,300
Korean American Community ServicesHealth behaviors50,000
Lake County Health DepartmentCardiovascular disease, breast cancer,
mental health, domestic violence, healthy lifestyles
34,600
Lake Forest Hospital, GurneeOsteoporosis 45,000
Livingston County Health DepartmentOsteoporosis 50,000
Logan County Health DepartmentOsteoporosis14,000
Mercer County Health DepartmentOsteoporosis18,600
McLean County Health DepartmentOsteoporosis 26,400
McHenry County Health DepartmentBreast cancer 27,000
Menard County Health DepartmentCardiovascular and mental health 24,000
Midland Area Agency on Aging, CentraliaMental illness 27,400
Montgomery County Health DepartmentCardiovascular disease 30,600
Moultrie County Health DepartmentCardiovascular disease14,400
Northern Illinois University, DeKalbDepression/Premenstrual syndrome23,900
Ogle County Health DepartmentOsteoporosis12,000
PCC Comm. Wellness Center, Oak ParkDomestic violence 48,700
Pike County Health DepartmentOsteoporosis15,000
Pilsen Homeless Services, ChicagoDisease prevention/health screenings 16,500
Provena United Samaritans Med. Ctr., UrbanaCardiovascular disease 49,000
Roseland Christian Health Ministries, ChicagoCardiovascular disease 48,900
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Med. Ctr., ChicagoBreast and cervical cancer, cardiovascular disease 36,100
A Safe Place/Lake County Crisis Ctr., WaukeganDomestic violence 20,000
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, MattoonBreast and cervical cancer, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease 48,000
Sinai Community Institute, ChicagoCardiovascular disease, breast and ovarian cancer50,000
South Suburban Family Center Inc., HomewoodDomestic violence50,000
Southern Ill. University Med. School, SpringfieldBreast cancer37,000
St. Clair County Health DepartmentCardiovascular disease45,000
St. Mary's Good Samaritan HospitalOsteoporosis 49,000
Tazewell County Health DepartmentHealth behaviors40,000
University of Illinois at ChicagoMenopause 48,000
University of Illinois at ChicagoOsteoporosis 45,000
Oak Park Department of Public HealthCardiovascular disease 40,000
Vision in Progress, PalatineCardiovascular disease 29,000
Washington County Health DepartmentCardiovascular disease 5,000
White Crane Wellness Center, ChicagoCardiovascular disease, healthy lifestyles, cancer and mental health48,200
Winnebago County Health DepartmentCardiovascular disease 24,000
Y-Me National Breast Cancer Org., ChicagoBreast cancer14,900
TOTAL $1,975,000



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