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Indiana State Department of Health

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

Welcome to the 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  Thank you so much for visiting our site, and we wish you good health!

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

Indiana Women's Health Groups and Organizations

The OWH has built an interactive map that provides you with local resources that have female membership or serve women in Hoosier communities.  Click on your county to find organizations located near you, as well as groups and organizations that can serve you in your community.

Our map is always growing and is not inclusive of all women-focused services or groups in Indiana.  If you or your organization are interested in being added to this map, or you need to update currently listed information on the map, please email Laura Chavez at for the informational form.

News to Use

There are many people and organizations in our state working toward improving the health of Hoosier women and families.  Join them for the 2016 events listed below!

5/12 - 5/13 - IU Health / Postpartum Support International / Indiana Perinatal Network - Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders Certificate Training; Perinatal Mood Disorders:  Components of Care

5/14 - Lupus Foundation of Indiana - End Lupus Now 5K and Walk to End Lupus Now (Crown Point, IN)

5/14 - Eskenazi Health - Eskenazi Health Stride – A race for better health

5/14 - Comprehensive Dermatology - Free Skin Cancer Screening (Avon, IN)

5/19 - Indiana State Department of Health - IPAC Conference:  Inspiring Innovations in Injury Prevention

5/21 - AWS Foundation - Seventh Annual disABILITIES Expo (Allen Co.)

5/21 - St. Vincent Health System - Geist Half Marathon 2016

5/24 - Indiana Rural Health Association - IRHA Opioid Symposium

5/27 - Health Care Education & Training - Human Trafficking 101: Indiana and the Nation

6/1 - Lupus Foundation of American, Indiana Chapter - Living with Lupus Seminar

6/20 - Indiana Family Health Council - Sexual Coercion Training for Clinicians

10/17 - Indiana State Department of Health - 2016 Labor of Love Infant Mortality Summit

Spotlight on Women's Health


What you need to know about Stroke

Stroke is a disease that impacts the arteries leading to and within the brain.  When a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked or bursts, the brain cannot get the blood it needs, resulting in the death of brain cells.  While stroke is nearly 80% preventable, it kills nearly 129,000 people annually in the United States and is the fifth-leading cause of death. 

There are three different types of stroke:  ischemic, hemorrhagic and transient ischemic attack (TIA).  Ischemic strokes happen when a blood vessel to the brain becomes blocked.  It is the most common type of stroke.  Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel ruptures.  This type of stroke is often associated with uncontrolled high blood pressure.  The final type of stroke is TIA, which is caused by a temporary blood clot.  While the clots may be temporary, these strokes are still very serious warning signs of problems that need to be addressed urgently.

There are many risk factors for stroke, including:

  • Age – Stroke risk doubles for each decade of life after age 55, though many people under age 65 also have strokes;
  • Family history – Stroke risk is increased if a parent, grandparent, sister or brother has had a stroke;
  • Race - African-Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first-time stroke and a higher death rate;
  • Gender – Annually, women have more strokes than men and often have special stroke risks such as oral contraceptive use, pregnancy or a history of pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes;
  • Prior conditions - If you have already had a stroke or heart attack, including TIA, you are at a much higher risk of having a stroke.

If you think that you or a loved one are having a stroke, it is imperative that you call 9-1-1 immediately.  Immediate intervention can minimize the long-term effects of the stroke and reduce the risk of death.  It is important to know the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke.  Remember FAST when responding to someone you think may be having a stroke – Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty and Time to call 9-1-1.  Other important stroke warning signs include:

  •       Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body;
  •       Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech;
  •       Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes;
  •       Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination;
  •       Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

For more information on stroke, symptoms, treatment and life after stroke, visit the American Stroke Association.

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.
  • Subscribe below to receive the OWH Wellness Watch newsletter, a monthly e-newsletter with information on many women's health issues and upcoming health-related events in Indiana.  Click here to view past newsletters.

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