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State grants help Indiana University center spread wellness for women

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Using the Center of Excellence’s Women’s Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Bus, the programs will provide health screenings and health and nutrition education, and will connect women and teens age 14 and older with resources in their community.

“Our WOW Bus will travel throughout Marion, Clay and Delaware counties to reach underserved women. We’ll connect them with local primary care providers and other resources to promote healthy choices and lifestyles,” said Dr. Theresa M. Rohr-Kirchgraber, executive director of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

It is the Center of Excellence’s hope to expand these types of programs to counties throughout the state, especially in areas where women have fewer resources. By developing partnerships with health care providers in the community, local public health departments, hospital health systems, medical societies and other nonprofit agencies, the Center of Excellence can direct women to health care within their own community, Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber said.

The Center of Excellence, a program of the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, convenes partnerships in the state toward the fulfillment of its mission and vision to improve the health of Indiana women. The center saw the WOW Bus initiative as a way to partner with the Indiana State Department of Health to reach Indiana women and meet that goal.

For information about the IU Center of Excellence in Women’s Health or to make a donation, contact Teri Duell, operations director, at tbduell@iupui.edu. To learn more about programs and partnerships, contact Tisha Reid, associate director, at tireid@iupui.edu or 317-948-3315.