OWH Wellness Watch: August 2011 - our first edition!

       OWH Wellness Watch

                         Across the Lifespan. Across Indiana.


Healthy Women, Healthy Hoosiers

The first annual women's health conference will be held on Friday, October 7, 2011 in Indianapolis. The Indiana State Department of Health's Office of Women's Health and Division of Maternal and Child Health are proud to invite you to this one-day regional conference for providers, healthcare practitioners, social workers and other public health professionals. The four main focus areas include: preconception / interconception health; mental health & domestic violence; prenatal substance use; and cultural sensitivity.  Online registration opens this month and can be found on the OWH website.

OWH and INShape Indiana announce 2011 OWH/INShape Indiana Community Mini-Grant Opportunity Awardees!

Successful applicants for the Office of Women’s Health and INShape Mini-Grant Opportunity, made possible by the Coca-Cola Company, were notified July 20, 2011. Ten of the 20 applicants made it through the competitive process, with a total of $22,339.75 awarded. Combined, the ten projects have the potential to improve the health of upwards of 4,575 Hoosier women! For more information on mini-grant awardees, visit the OWH website.

Support for nursing moms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 5th Annual Breastfeeding Report Card was released with its 2011 results. It utilizes process and outcome indicators to measure each state's breastfeeding practices, and based on this Report Card, Indiana has already met a Healthy People 2020 goal with 8.76 percent of live births occurring in Baby Friendly facilities.

Routine sexual assault screenings 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) recently released a Committee Opinion on Sexual Assault Screenings. Given the high rate of sexual assault against women and the potential medical and mental health consequences to victims, The College recommends in its opinion that health care providers routinely screen all patients for a history of sexual assault. Routine screening provides more opportunities for physicians to identify sexual assault victims and consequently allows for the treatment of physical and emotional symptoms.

Diet-crashing fair foods

August is Indiana's fair season, and fried food is usually one of the top attractions. While the classic Elephant Ear or the intriguing deep-fried Kool-Aid are hard to avoid, you might want to think twice before indulging. Fair foods, like fried cheesecake (around 500 calories), fried macaroni and cheese (610 calories), or giant turkey legs (1,136 calories and 54 g fat) are guaranteed to give you calorie overload! Try other options like cotton candy, caramel apples, or a simple grilled meat instead, and if the fried food is just too tempting, opt for sharing those calories with a friend.  

County Data Book updated for first time in 10 years

 OWH is in the process of developing and disseminating a newly updated Women Count in Indiana: County Data Book 2011.  Due to delays in receiving the Centers for Disease Control’s public use files of the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey data and in coordinating and reviewing our state data to match, we have had to push this project to the side for a short time. The data graphs are now complete and we are working to complete an electronic version for interested partners, stakeholders, and local health departments, within the next month. Local health departments have indicated that the gender-specific information (both state and county level) included would be helpful towards conducting community needs assessments. It has been 10 years since the first collection of such data and we are hoping this publication will further spotlight the health concerns facing Hoosier women.
Due to budget decreases in FY12, we are currently seeking support to sponsor hard booklet color copies to disseminate to legislators, board members, and mayors, and would appreciate any help your organizations might be able to lend! 

August 2011


1-7: World Breastfeeding Week

1-31: National Immunization Awareness Month

1-31: Children's Eye Health & Safety Month


Walk for Lupus Now

Walk for Lupus Now is an opportunity for the lupus community to come together, to learn how to better live with lupus, and raise awareness of the disease in their local communities. Indiana will hold two Walk for Lupus Now events on September 10th and 24th, 2011. For more information on a walk near you, visit the Lupus Foundation of America website.

2nd Annual Perinatal Hospital Summit

On September 23, 2011, Indiana Perinatal Network will host the 2nd Annual Perinatal Hospital Summit. Topics will include breastfeeding and the Surgeon General's Call to Action, quality improvement benchmarks, Levels of Hospital Care in Indiana, updated NRP guidelines, 17P, and more. Ninety-five percent of Indiana’s delivering hospitals were represented at the 2010 Summit. Make sure your hospital is there in 2011! Questions?  Contact Sarah Walter at swalter@indianaperinatal.org or 317.924.0825 x4222.

Upcoming Events 


August 11Leading, Connecting, and Succeeding in Public Health, IPHTC, Indianapolis
August 13 - Race Away from Domestic Violence, ICADV, Indianapolis  
August 31 - Wellness Wednesdays Program Series, IUPUI Health Services, Indianapolis 
September 12-14 - Indiana Chronic Disease Academy, Building the System for Healthy Communities, Indianapolis
September 17-18 - Hoosier Outdoor Experience, Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis
September 22 - Latino Coalition:  Sixth Annual Statewide Conference, Indianapolis
October 2-5 - Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference, Fort Wayne  
October 15 - Step Up for Kids in Indiana, Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis
October 20-21 - APA-IN fall conference, Going Local in Indiana, Brown County State Park, Nashville
November 9 - Indiana Public Health Association Fall Policy Conference and Annual Meeting, Advocacy with Attitude: Beyond Boring Basics, Greenwood