Office of Women's Health

LOCATION: 535 W. Jefferson St., 1st Floor, Springfield, IL 62761-0001
DEPUTY DIRECTOR: Brenda Jones, 217-785-1050; fax 217-557-3326;

The Office of Women’s Health addresses the health needs of Illinois women. Six major women’s health concerns form the core of the office’s education and awareness efforts: breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, menopause, mental health and violence against women. The office serves as staff for the Interagency Cabinet on Women’s Health, a panel created by Gov. George H. Ryan and chaired by the lieutenant governor. The cabinet, which is composed of 11 state agency directors, works to ensure that these key agencies pursue a unified approach to important women’s health issues.

The office awards more than $1.5 million in grants to community agencies to improve access to general women’s health and osteoporosis services. In addition, the office administers the federal breast and cervical cancer early detection program, which currently provides education and screening services to women in more than half of Illinois’ counties; the Penny Severns Breast and Cervical Cancer Research Fund, which is supported by taxpayer contributions and general revenue dollars and provides Illinois researchers with seed money to become more competitive for national grant dollars; and the Illinois Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Initiative. The office also administers the Women’s Health Helpline, 888-522-1282, a toll-free information and referral line.

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Illinois Department of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
Phone 217-782-4977
Fax 217-782-3987
TTY 800-547-0466
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