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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2005

Gov. Blagojevich announces more than $1.6 million in grants for women’s health initiatives
Grants dispersed throughout the state to raise awareness and help prevent common diseases and health conditions in women

CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced more than $1.6 million in grants for women’s health programs geared toward awareness and prevention of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, menopause and eating disorders – some of the leading health conditions facing women.  
 
“Women so often play the important role of caretaker and end up putting their families’ needs ahead of their own.  That can have a devastating impact on their health.  By making women aware of the major threats to their health, and the keys to prevention, we can help them live longer, healthier lives.  These grants will go to non-profit organizations, hospitals, local health departments and schools that are working to raise awareness and educate women on the main health issues facing them today,” said Gov. Blagojevich.
 
The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Office of Women’s Health administers the grants, which are awarded to programs that provide guidance on issues related to nutrition, exercise, risk assessment, treatment options and prevention strategies.
 
"Last year, nearly 11,000 women and girls participated in these community education programs,” Dr. Whitaker said.  “What’s especially impressive is that nearly three-fourths of the participants reported an increase in knowledge, and nearly two-thirds reported behavior changes resulting in healthier lifestyles.”
 
Heart Smart for Women is a 12-week community-based program designed to change unhealthy behavior while promoting the benefits of exercise and nutrition.  Heart disease is the number one killer among women nationally and statewide.  According to 2002 Illinois data, nearly 22,000 females died from cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke.
 
The Adams County Health Department has been offering this program to women in their community for the last five years and they have seen tremendous success.
 
“More than 700 women have participated in the Heart Smart program since 1999 and we continually get positive feedback about success stories and how the program has improved their lives.  Women gain more confidence and are empowered to have the ability to make healthier choices,” said Becky Woodward, health educator, Adams County Health Department.
 
The Women’s Health Initiative Grants are funded through state general revenue funds.  A total of 77 grant recipients will be able to utilize the money for local programs including the following:
·        Heart Smart for Women, a 12-week community-based program designed to change unhealthy behavior while promoting the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
·        Heart Smart for Teens, a nine-week nutrition and exercise curriculum geared toward school-aged girls.
·        Building Better Bones, which offers group education sessions, as well as bone density screening for osteoporosis.
·        Understanding Menopause, which offers educational sessions that help women understand perimenopause and menopause and inform them about related health issues.
·        Eating Disorder Professional Education, which helps adults who work with young women and girls to understand and recognize disordered eating patterns and to refer those at risk.
 
Gov. Blagojevich has made other significant contributions to promote and improve women’s health including:
 
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Funding:  Provided increased funding to screen additional women for breast and cervical cancer.  Nearly 39,000 women in two years, 44 percent of whom are minorities, received free screenings through the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP). Since taking office, the Governor has also added $4 million more in state funding to support breast and cervical cancer screening and education.  In FY 05, the total amount of state and federal funds supporting breast and cervical cancer programs is $11.45 million. Gov. Blagojevich also passed legislation in December creating a 12-member Cervical Cancer Elimination Task Force to help educate the public about cervical cancer and develop a statewide comprehensive prevention and control plan. 
 
  • WISEWOMAN:  Piloted the WISEWOMAN cardiovascular research project in DuPage County.  The project is targeted toward women in the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program and helps them reduce heart disease by leading healthier lifestyles.  It has now been expanded to twenty counties.
 
  • Women’s Health Education:  In addition to the $1.6 million in grants announced today, in January of 2005, $100,000 in state funds was awarded to 26 groups for health awareness events and walking campaigns, many of which target specific minority groups, including African-American, Asian and Latina women.
 
  • Women’s Health-Line:  Increased access to services through Women’s Health-Line and other informational resources.  In FY04, the state-funded toll-free Women’s Health-Line responded to more than 3,000 requests, referring women to services and providing nearly 345,000 free educational materials to women and community providers. These materials are also available through the department’s website.
 
  • Responsible Family Planning:  In April 2004, Gov Blagojevich launched the Healthy Women program under the Department of Public Aid (now Department of Healthcare and Family Services). The free program offers low-income women who are leaving the Medicaid program the tools to prevent unplanned pregnancies and to assist women in making a successful transition from welfare to work. As of November 5, 2004, more than 80,000 women have participated in the program.
 
  • First state to require pharmacists to dispense female contraceptives:  In April, Governor Blagojevich issued an emergency rule requiring pharmacists whose pharmacies sell contraception to dispense birth control to women with valid prescriptions.  The Governor’s emergency rule became permanent this summer.  In addition, the state launched a new website, www.contraceptives.illinois.gov, to help women know which insurers now cover contraceptives.
 
For more information on women’s health and programs offered through IDPH visit www.idph.state.il.us or call the Women’s Health-Line at 888-522-1282 or for TTY, (hearing impaired use only) 800-547-0466.
 
A list of this year’s 77 grant recipients follows:
 
 
Illinois Department of Women’s Health
Office of Women’s Health
 
Women’s Health Initiative Grantees

Fiscal Year 2006

 
 
Organization
City
Project Title
Amt. Awarded
ABTC Educational Services/Urban Life Line
Chicago
Understanding Menopause
$10,000.00
Adams CHD
Quincy
Heart Smart for Women
$32,000.00
 
ANAD
 
Highland Park
 
Eating Disorders Professional Edu.
 
$25,000.00
Asian Human Services
Chicago
Heart Smart for Women
$30,000.00
Boone CHD
Belvidere
Heart Smart for Women
$14,000.00
Bureau CHD
Princeton
Heart Smart for Teens
$14,000.00
Cass CHD
Beardstown
Heart Smart for Teens
$7,000.00
Chinese American Service League
Chicago
Building Better Bones
$16,000.00
CLESE
Chicago
Building Better Bones
$26,000.00
Clinton CHD
Carlyle
Building Better Bones
$14,000.00
Coles CHD
Mattoon
Understanding Menopause
$9,000.00
Community Medical Center of Western Illinois, Inc.
Monmouth
Building Better Bones
$21,000.00
Council for Jewish Elderly
Chicago
Building Better Bones
$22,000.00
Country Club Hills School District 160
Country Club Hills
Heart Smart for Teens
$15,000.00
Crawford CHD
Robinson
Heart Smart for Teens
$25,000.00
Decatur Memorial Hospital
Decatur
Understanding Menopause
$20,000.00
Dewitt-Piatt Bi-CHD
Clinton
Heart Smart for Teens
$14,000.00
East Side Health District
East St. Louis
Heart Smart for Teens
$35,000.00
Family Focus, Inc.
Aurora
Heart Smart for Women
$25,000.00
Fulton CHD
Canton
Understanding Menopause
$15,000.00
Greene CHD
Carrollton
Building Better Bones
$8,000.00
Hancock CHD
Carthage
Heart Smart for Teens
$25,000.00
Henderson CHD
Gladstone
Heart Smart for Women
$20,000.00
Henry CHD
Kewanee
Heart Smart for Teens
$13,000.00
Howard Brown Health Center
Chicago
Building Better Bones
$25,000.00
Ingalls Wellness Center, Inc.
Homewood
Heart Smart for Women
$30,000.00
Jackson CHD
Murphysboro
Heart Smart for Women
$30,000.00
Jasper CHD
Newton
Understanding Menopause
$8,000.00
Jersey CHD
Jerseyville
Building Better Bones
$20,000.00
Kendall CHD
Yorkville
Understanding Menopause
$15,000.00
Knox CHD
Galesburg
Heart Smart for Women
$19,000.00
Korean American Community Services
Chicago
Building Better Bones
$25,000.00
Lake CHD
Waukegan
Building Better Bones
$35,000.00
Livingston CHD
Pontiac
Heart Smart for Teens
$20,000.00
Logan CHD
Lincoln
Heart Smart for Teens
$15,000.00
Macoupin CHD
Carlinville
Heart Smart for Teens
$25,000.00
Madison CHD
Wood River
Heart Smart for Teens
$42,000.00
Marion CHD
Salem
Heart Smart for Women
$18,000.00
McHenry CHD
Woodstock
Understanding Menopause
$25,000.00
McLean CHD
Bloomington
Heart Smart for Teens
$30,000.00
Memorial Hospital of Chester
Chester
Heart Smart for Women
$13,000.00
Menard CHD
Petersburg
Heart Smart for Teens
$10,500.00
Mercer CHD
Aledo
Heart Smart for Women
$21,000.00
Michael Reese Hospital
Chicago
Building Better Bones
$29,000.00
Midwest Heart Foundation
Lombard
Heart Smart for Women
$25,000.00
Montgomery CHD
Hillsboro
Heart Smart for Teens
$17,000.00
Oak Park DPH
Oak Park
Heart Smart for Women
$16,000.00
OSF St. Francis Medical Center
Peoria
Heart Smart for Women
$33,000.00
Peoria City/CHD
Peoria
Building Better Bones
$16,500.00
Pike CHD
Pittsfield
Eating Disorders
$11,000.00
PrimeCare Community Health Inc.
Chicago
Heart Smart for Women
$35,000.00
Rock Island CHD
Rock Island
Heart Smart for Women
$20,000.00
Saint Anthony Hospital - Programa CIELO
Chicago
Heart Smart for Women
$22,000.00
Sangamon CHD
Springfield
Heart Smart for Teens
$8,500.00
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
Mattoon
Heart Smart for Women
$20,000.00
Sinai Community Institute
Chicago
Heart Smart for Women
$35,000.00
SIUSOM
Springfield
Heart Smart for Teens
$30,000.00
Springfield Urban League
Springfield
Heart Smart for Women
$25,000.00
St. Ailbe Catholic Church
Chicago
Heart Smart for Women
$22,000.00
St. Clair CHD
Belleville
Eating Disorders
$25,000.00
Stephenson CHD
Freeport
Understanding Menopause
$17,000.00
SIU School of Nursing
East St. Louis
Heart Smart for Women
$30,000.00
Tazewell CHD
Tremont
Heart Smart for Women
$25,000.00
U of I Extension - Tazewell County
Pekin
Heart Smart for Teens
$20,000.00
Vietnamese Association of Illinois
Chicago
Building Better Bones
$27,000.00
Wabash CHD
Mt. Carmel
Heart Smart for Women
$15,000.00
Washington CHD
Nashville
Understanding Menopause
$6,000.00
Western Illinois University
Macomb
Heart Smart for Women
$20,000.00
White Crane Wellness Center
Chicago
Building Better Bones
$30,000.00
Whiteside CHD
Rock Falls
Heart Smart for Teens
$18,000.00
Will CHD
Joliet
Heart Smart for Women
$25,000.00
Winnebago CHD
Rockford
Heart Smart for Women
$18,000.00
Woodford CHD
Eureka
Heart Smart for Teens
$30,000.00
YMCA of McDonough County
Macomb
Heart Smart for Women
$15,000.00
YWCA of Elgin
Elgin
Heart Smart for Teens
$15,000.00
YWCA of Lake County
Waukegan
Heart Smart for Women
$15,000.00


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