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National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health receives ISDH grant for mobile health unit

  • Sept. 15, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – The National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, a program of the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received $413,000 in Title V grant funds for the first time from the Indiana State Department of Health.

This is the center’s fifth grant in four years from ISDH totaling $1,265,000 to improve access to health care, increase awareness of healthy lifestyle behaviors, and connect women – particularly those age 14 to 24 – with local resources to improve health.

Through the Center of Excellence’s outreach program, a fully-staffed mobile health unit called the Women’s Wellness on Wheels Bus provides free screenings for body mass index, blood sugar and blood pressure, plus individualized consultation and education on activity levels, nutrition and reproductive health. Those with abnormal findings are paired with a health coach to help women overcome barriers to leading a healthier lifestyle.

“The goal of the center is simply to improve the health of Indiana women. These funds help us focus on improving young adults’ knowledge of the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices now and as they begin families of their own. We need to educate this generation about family planning, nutrition, maintaining a healthy weight, and staying active – all health areas that Indiana ranks among the worst in the country,” said Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, executive director of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

For information about the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health contact Teri Duell at tbduell@iupui.edu.

Women's Wellness on Wheels Bus

Women's Wellness on Wheels Bus | Photo by IU School of Medicine

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