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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2005

Gov. Blagojevich announces grants to promote women’s health

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Rod Blagojevich today awarded 26 women’s health grants totaling  $100,000 for community health awareness events, many of which target specific minority groups.
 
“These grants demonstrate how a small investment can go a long way in helping communities promote the benefits of healthy lifestyles,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “Women will be encouraged to take charge of their own health care by learning how they can help prevent or treat disease and improve their overall quality of life.”
 
Offered through the Illinois Department of Public Health, the competitive grants were awarded to 15 non-profit community organizations and 11 local health departments.  The majority of grantees will target minorities, including African-American, Asian and Hispanic women. 
 
Seventeen of the grantees will host health awareness seminars focusing on everything from breast and cervical cancer, depression, diabetes, and heart disease to nutrition, osteoporosis and sexual health. Nine of the grantees will coordinate “Women Out Walking” programs, which include teams of women participating in a 12-week walking challenge. 
 
“Our slogan at the Illinois Department of Public Health is ‘Improving Public Health…One Community at a Time,’ and that’s exactly what we are doing through these women’s health mini-grants,” said Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director.  “This funding, along with hundreds of other grants provided through the department, helps communities mobilize local resources to meet community health needs.”
 
 
 
 
Illinois Department of Public Health
Fiscal Year 2005 Women’s Health Mini-Grants Recipients
 
      ORGANIZATION                  CITY                                PROJECT                            AMT.
Arab American Family Services
 
Palos Hills
 
Women Out Walking
 
$4,000
Aurora Primary Care Consortium
 
Aurora
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$5,000
 
St. James Hospital
 
Chicago Heights
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$4,000
 
Cass County Health Dept.
 
Virginia
 
Women Out Walking
 
$4,000
Chinese Mutual Aid Association
 
Chicago
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$4,000
 
Coles County Health Dept.
 
Charleston
 
Women Out Walking
 
$4,000
Dept. of Women’s Justice Services
 
Chicago
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$4,500
 
Douglas County Health Dept.
 
Tuscola
 
Women Out Walking
 
$2,500
Elizabeth Ann Seton Program
 
Springfield
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$4,500
 
Grundy County Health Dept.
 
Morris
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$3,500
Korean American Community Services
 
Chicago
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$3,000
 
La Voz Latina
 
Rockford
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$3,500
 
Lee County Health Dept.
 
Dixon
 
Women Out Walking
 
$3,000
 
Macon County Health Dept.
 
Decatur
 
Heath Awareness Seminar
 
$4,000
 
Montgomery County Health Dept.
 
Hillsboro
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$4,500
 
Ogle County Health Dept.
 
Oregon
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$3,500
 
Provena Hosptial
 
Aurora
 
Women Out Walking
 
$5,000
 
Rock Island County Health Dept.
 
Rock Island
 
Women Out Walking
 
$4,000
Soyland Access to Independent Living (SAIL)
 
Decatur
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$1,500
 
Sinai Community Institute
 
Chicago
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$4,500
 
Springfield Dept. of Public Health
 
Springfield
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$4,500
 
Stephenson County Health Dept.
 
Freeport
 
Women Out Walking
 
$4,000
U of I Extension – Schuyler County
 
Rushville
 
Women Out Walking
 
$3,000
 
Y-ME
 
Chicago
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$4,000
 
YWCA of Alton
 
Alton
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$4,000
 
YWCA of Elgin
 
Elgin
 
Health Awareness Seminar
 
$4,000
 


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