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Indiana State Department of Health

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

We know that the leading cause of death for women in Indiana is heart disease.  Smoking increases the risk of stroke and heart disease by 2 to 4 times, but in 2011 nearly a quarter of Indiana women still smoked. 

Do you know the impact that smoking can have on your body?  There are many ways to quit, and many people available to help you! Check out Indiana’s premier resource for smoking cessation and get access to services available to you 7 days-a-week in more than 170 languages.

A trained quit coach will work with you and provide solutions that fit your needs.  Call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline for help at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit http://www.in.gov/quitline/ for more information.

Spotlight on Women’s Health

Indiana WIC logoThe Women, Infants and Children program is one of the best assets for moms-to-be and new moms across the state.  The Indiana WIC Program currently serves an average of 167,877 women, infants, and children each month through a statewide network of 145 WIC clinics.  Its services include not only food provision, but also

  • Nutrition and health screening and assessment  
  • Nutrition education and counseling 
  • Breastfeeding promotion and support 
  • Referrals to other Indiana health, family, and social services

WIC’s community-based approach helps women reach their health and breastfeeding goals where they are, and allows for convenient access to services that women need. 

For questions regarding the WIC Program, please visit http://www.in.gov/isdh/19691.htm.  You can also call 1-800-522-0874, or email inwic@isdh.in.gov.

You can also contact the Indiana WIC program by mail:
Indiana WIC Program
Indiana State Department of Health
2 North Meridian Street, Section
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Do you know of a program that is doing innovative work in women’s health?  Are you part of an project to change women’s health for the better in your community?  We want to hear about your efforts!  Please email Laura Chavez, Director of the Office of Women’s Health, at lchavez@isdh.in.gov with your success story.  Who knows?  Maybe your program will be highlighted in the “Spotlight on Women’s Health” section on the OWH webpage!

Movers and Shakers

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.