Director's Message & Acknowledgements

On behalf of the Office of Women's Health, I am proud to present our second publication, Women Count in Indiana: County Data Book 2001.

The information provided here informs county-level service providers, policymakers and other interested parties about the state of women's health in Indiana's 92 counties.

The purpose of this publication is to make it possible for a wide range of interested parties to look more closely at the specific needs of women in their communities. This publication provides a tool to identify women's health issues at the local level within a single county or community and to compare data with other Indiana counties. It is the goal of the Office of Women's Health that this data will be used to set priorities for women's health issues, in order to allow resources to be used most effectively to improve the health of all women throughout Indiana.

In addition, the Office of Women's Health and other agencies focusing on women's health issues in Indiana will use this data to clarify gaps in current kinds and levels of service and to identify future needs. Comparisons should be possible across counties as more data are collected, with regional concerns becoming visible as available data improve. As the amount of information about women's health in Indiana increases, comparisons with other states will become more meaningful.

Many people were involved in the publication of this document. First and foremost we would like to thank Linda Stemnock of the Epidemiology Resource Center, Data Analysis Team. Without her efforts to gather statistical information, this document could not have been written. Jim Beall, Susan Dorrell, Roland Gamache, Maureen McLean and Hans Messersmith and Pam Ayres were also most helpful. Jenny Willenberg, Molly Maguire, and Andrea Klemm of the Office of Women's Health worked continually on the organizational aspects of the document. Thanks to Barbara Cohen for the initial information gathering and writing of the publication. We are grateful to Eli Lilly and Company, Union Planters Bank and Wyeth-Ayerst who provided grants to assist in the publication costs.

It is our hope that the information in this document will create awareness of the importance of collection and disseminating women's health information, and ultimately improve the health of Indiana women.

Office of Women's Health