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Office of Women's Health Office of Women's Health

Welcome to Indiana State Department of Health’s Office of Women’s Health webpage.  The Office of Women’s Health (OWH) is so pleased that you have chosen to learn about how our state is working to help improve the health of women.  We believe that every woman should have access to free, up-to-date and reliable resources to find out information about her health.  The Office of Women’s Health wants to ensure that each woman and girl in Indiana is aware of her own health status, risks and goals, and can achieve optimal health through access, education and advocacy.  Our website is inclusive of all OWH’s programs, and has a page of resources to help guide you in improving your health.  If you have any questions or need information that is not included on our website, please feel free to call 317-233-9156 or email lchavez@isdh.in.gov.  Thank you so much for visiting our site, and we wish you good health!

Warmest regards,
Laura Chavez, MPH, CLC, CHPE
Director, Office of Women’s Health

News to Use

While the symptoms of menopause can be uncomfortable, this normal life change can be an empowering experience for women.  There is no better time to evaluate your health behaviors and make positive changes to improve how you feel, reduce unpleasant menopause symptoms and diminish the chances of serious health concerns down the road. Check out these tips to help make the transition through menopause a more positive experience:

  • Practice bone-strengthening exercises – Weight-bearing, strength training and balance exercises can help prevent fractures and injury.
  • Manage your diet and exercise – Weight gain is not inevitable in menopause, but it takes diligence to keep active and eat right.
  • Establish healthy sleep – Follow a regular sleep schedule, avoid heavy evening meals, keep the bedroom comfortable and lower the lights, and avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine.
  • Practice good oral hygiene – Brush and floss daily, and visit your dentist every six months.
  • Live a heart-healthy lifestyle – Reduce stress, and see your doctor regularly for routine screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and breast health.

For more information on how to navigate through menopause more comfortably, visit the North American Menopause Society’s webpage at http://www.menopause.org/for-women or visit the National Office of Women’s Health webpage at http://www.womenshealth.gov/menopause/

Spotlight on Women’s Health

The Indiana Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) is the Hoosier implementation of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP). The BCCP provides access to breast and cervical cancer screenings, diagnostic testing, and treatment for underserved and underinsured women who qualify for services.  Through the BCCP, female Indiana residents may qualify for free breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic tests. Services provided include:           

·         Colposcopies (with or without biopsies) 

·         Liquid-based cytology tests

·         High risk panel HPV testing

·         Office visits

·         Pelvic exams/tests

·         Clinical breast exams (CBEs)

·         Mammograms (screening and diagnostic)

·         Diagnostic breast ultrasounds

·         Breast biopsies

·         Consultations

If you are a woman living in Indiana, and have financial difficulty in getting the breast and cervical healthcare you need, the Indiana Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) may be able to help you. Female Indiana residents who are uninsured may qualify for free breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic tests (if needed after abnormal screening results) through the BCCP. Eligibility is determined by age and gross income in relation to family size. Women ages:

·         40-49 can qualify for a free office visit and Pap test

·         50-64 can qualify for a free office visit, Pap test, and mammogram

·         65 and older can qualify for a free office visit, Pap test, and mammogram only if not enrolled in Medicare B 

For women already diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer outside of the BCCP, qualification for Indiana MA-12 (Medicaid) is available. Women ages 18-64 are eligible for MA-12. The income eligibility requirements for this program, called Option 3, are the same as those listed above. If MA-12 enrollment is granted, it will remain active throughout the duration of cancer treatment and will terminate upon treatment completion.For more information about the Indiana Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, please visit http://www.in.gov/isdh/24967.htm.  Information can also be provided through the Indiana Family Helpline by calling 1-855-HELP-1ST (1-855-435-7178).

Movers and Shakers

Pictured above: Raphael Health Center Survivor+1 Brunch and Community Health Day

The Raphael Health Center provides community-based, full service, high quality health care. They are taking this even further as they reach more women with a grant renewal received from the American Cancer Society. The grant, funded by the NFL, assists the center to serve patients by providing outreach, education and access to screening. Last year, they screened 772 women! We’re excited about what 2015 will bring.

The Office of Women’s Health recognizes that advancements in women’s health do not happen on their own.  There are many amazing women and men behind the scenes working to improve the health of our Indiana communities through tireless efforts and advocacy for women’s health.  If you know an individual whose creativity, innovative work or diligent efforts have made a real difference in your community, and would like this individual considered to be highlighted in the “Movers and Shakers” section of the OWH webpage, please email Laura Chavez, Director of the Office of Women’s Health, at lchavez@isdh.in.gov.

Keep up with OWH!

  • Visit the Office of Women’s Health webpage for regular updates on women’s health-related issues and community services and programs that help promote women’s health and wellness across the state.
  • Follow OWH on Twitter @inwomenshealth for daily updates on women’s health facts and resources.