Illinois Department of Public Health Issues Well-Woman Care Grants

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$350,000 in grants to 14 organizations across Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to improve the health of women of reproductive age, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Office of Women’s Health and Family Services has issued $350,000 in competitive grant funding to 14 organizations across the state.  Organizations will use this funding to develop plans to increase the number of women in their community who obtain a wellness check.  While each community is different, plans to increase well-woman visits may include removing obstacles to seeking care, delineating what services are available, and identifying opportunities to educate underserved women about the importance of wellness visits.

“Well-woman visits play a critical role in screening, diagnosing, and managing chronic diseases and mental health conditions,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “Ensuring women are able to access quality preventive services, such as pap smears, mammograms, and immunizations, is critical to improving health outcomes among women, especially maternal and infant outcomes.”

IDPH’s goal is to increase the percent of women ages 18-44 years with a preventive medical visit in the past year.  For women of reproductive age, these visits should include discussion of a reproductive life plan and identification of activities to achieve optimal health prior to pregnancy.  During 2016, 69.2 percent of women ages 18-44 years had a well woman visit in the past year, translating to 7 in 10 Illinois women.  A variety of factors impact a woman’s ability to receive care including cost, availability of providers, transportation, competing priorities, and health literacy (understanding the importance of preventive care and knowing how to navigate the health care system).

Organization

City

Area/Population

Amount

Asian Human Services

Chicago

Chicago/Asian

$27,000

Calhoun County Health Department

Hardin

Central/Rural

$23,805

Cass County Health Department

Virginia

Central/Rural

$23,400

Erie Family Health

Chicago

Chicago

$27,000

Fulton County Health Department

Canton

Central/Rural

$27,000

Henry County Health Department

Kewanee

Central/Rural

$27,000

Illinois Migrant Council

Champaign, Rantoul, Rockford, Crystal Lake, Harvard

Statewide/rural

$23,117

Kankakee County Health Department

Kankakee

North/Mixed

$27,000

Mercer County Health Department

Aledo

Central/Rural

$27,000

Metropolitan Breast Cancer Task Force

Chicago

Chicago/Urban

$27,000

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

Bloomington

Central/Mixed

$22,392

Perry County Health Department

Pinckneyville

South/Rural

$22,429

Primecare Community Health

Chicago

Chicago/Hispanic

$19,538

Will County Health Department

Joliet

North

$26,640

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