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INFluence (Indiana Female Leaders Unite) provides an avenue by which powerful Hoosier women (leaders in government, business, health care, education, media, and faith-based and community organizations) are:
Top 9 List, Volume III
The Top 9 List, Volume III, is a list of 9 action steps at all levels of society that women of INFluence can complete to improve heart health in Indiana:
6. Implement at least one heart-healthy policy or program in your organization. Make healthy eating, physical activity, and smoking cessation the easiest choice in your school, neighborhood, worksite, faith-based or community organization.
“Thank you for taking action that will protect Hoosier women, their families, and generations to come from the devastating effects of heart disease.”
For a Healthier Tomorrow,
Judy Monroe, MD
State Health Commissioner
Thank you to the sponsors of this year's INFluence Initiative!!
Judith A. Monroe, M.D., State Health Commissioner conceived the INFluence vision when she became the first female State Health Commissioner in Indiana. She believes that women of influence have the power to carry critical women’s health messages far and wide, and make these issues relevant and visible at work, at school, at home, in policy, in the media, in faith communities, and among health care professionals.
The Office of Women’s Health at the Indiana State Department of Health, in conjunction with Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, hosted the first INFluence Women’s Health Forum on April 18, 2007 in response to the Camel No. 9 marketing campaign specifically targeting young women. Over 200 powerful Hoosier women attended and learned about Camel’s deadly marketing campaign. Attendees are using their influence to complete the call to action issued by Dr. Monroe and are educating and impacting women in their communities. INFluence activities aimed at tobacco marketing at the state and local level are being tracked and outcomes are being monitored.
Each year the women of INFluence are being educated about and are advocating for a new emerging women’s health issue as the INFluence initiative expands. The 2nd Annual INFluence Women's Health Forum entitled "Power Over Addiction" was held on April 30, 2008 and covered the health, social, and econonic impacts of substance abuse on Hoosier women. The 3rd Annual INFluence Women's Health Forum was held on September 15th, 2009 and this year's theme is "Igniting Your Passion for Healthy Hearts." Online tooklits and other resources are available to assist the women of INFluence with completing Dr. Monroe's Top 9 Lists.