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

September 3, 2015

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 (ISDH).

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

IUSM's National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health received grant funds from Indiana State Department of Health for Women’s Wellness on Wheels Bus. | Photo By INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Using the Center of Excellence’s outreach program which includes a mobile health unit called the Women’s Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Bus, staff 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 Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., FACP, executive director of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

In addition to the partnership with ISDH, the center has many partnerships across the state. It’s currently preparing to host over 120 attendees at the Women of INfluence Annual Symposium on Sept. 9,  at Ivy Tech Conference Center, located at 2820 N. Meridian Street.

“We have women from around the state coming to learn about health issues impacting women and families. Attendees are from public health departments, hospital systems, higher education and other nonprofit agencies with the mutual goal of raising the grade in women’s health and empowering participants to lead health initiatives in their community and sphere of influence,” said Tisha Reid, associate director.

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