Fall, 2000
Autoimmune Disease in Women

FY 2001 Grants are in Full Swing

In July, Governor George H. Ryan announced the awarding of $2 million in grants to local health departments and other organizations to address the special health problems that women face at every stage of life. A total of 58 grants were awarded in two categories–women’s health initiatives received $1,345,000 and osteoporosis awareness and prevention received $630,000. Governor Ryan pushed for a $300,000 increase in this year’s grants, which are being awarded for the third year.

Women’s health initiative funds are earmarked for innovative programs that encourage healthy lifestyles in women and girls of all ages and support community outreach, health promotion, education and research. In addition to healthy lifestyles, priorities include menopause, mental health, breast and cervical cancer, domestic violence and cardiovascular disease.

Osteoporosis grants were awarded based on priorities that include professional and public education; bone screenings with case management and follow-up; and clinical research to compare, analyze and develop intervention strategies addressing risk factors associated with the disease. Both grant programs are coordinated by staff of the Office of Women’s Health.

Fiscal Year 2001 Women’s Health Initiative Grants

Cardiovascular Disease

Adams County Health Department
Julie Aamoth, MS, Project Contact
333 North 6th Street
Quincy, IL. 62301
(217)222-8440 ext.# 106 (217)222-8505

Crawford County Health Department
Pam Wesley, RN, Project Contact
301 South Cross Street, Suite 249
Robinson, IL 62454
(618)544-8798 (618)544-9398

Eastside Health District
Gracie Hutchinson, Project Contact
650 North 20th Street
East St. Louis, IL. 62205
(618)271-8722 (618)875-5038

Menard County Health Department
Alicia D. Davis, BA, CFC, Project Contact
937 N. 5th
Petersburg, IL. 62675
(217)632-2984 (217)632-3675

Moultrie County Health Department
Angela Hogan RN, MSPH, Project Contact
2 West Adams
Sullivan, IL 61951
(217)728-4114 (217)728-2650

Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation
Chad Hays, Project Contact
600 Sager Ave.
Danville, IL 61832
(217)443-5603 (217)443-5647

Roseland Christian Health Ministries
Lisa Filomaro-Keeler, Project Contact
9718 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60628
(773)233-4100 (773)233-4055

St. Clair County health Department
Karen Pratt, Project Contact
19 Public Square, Suite 150
Belleville, IL 62220-1624
(618)233-7703 (618)233-7713

Montgomery County Health Department
Dolores Wheelhouse, Project Contact
11191 Illinois Route 185, P.O. Box 128
Hillsboro, IL 62049
(217)532-2001 (217)532-2089

Village of Oak Park Health Department
Kim Russett, Project Contact
123 Madison St.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708)445-3340 x2269 (708)383-1548

Vision in Progress
Michelle Hutchinson, Project Contact
1585 N. Rand Road
Palatine, IL. 60074-2931
(847)776-9500 ext.# 222 (847)776-9595

Washington County Health Department
Sharon Frederking, RN, MS, Project Contact
177 S. Washington Street
Nashville, IL. 62263
(618)327-3644 (618)327-4229

White Crane Wellness Center
Elizabeth Cagan, MA, Project Contact
1355 W. Foster
Chicago, IL 60640
(773)271-9001 (773)271-9231

Winnebago County Health Department
Ginny Penzi, Project Contact
401 Division Street
Rockford, IL. 61104
(815)962-5092 (815)962-4203

Healthy Lifestyles

Pilsen Homeless Services
Dolores Monteroso, Project Contact
731 West 17th Street
Chicago, IL.  60608
(312)421-4126 (312)421-6468

Healthy Families of Chicago
Linda Rahman, Project Contact
3333 W. Arthington St.
Chicago, IL 60624
(773)638-0111 (773)638-0110

Korean American Community Services
Michael Moranda, Project Contact
4300 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773)583-5501 (773)583-7009

Sinai Community Institute
Claude Jacob, Project Contact
2653 W. Ogden Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60608-1797
(773)257-6508 (773)257-6145

University of Illinois at Chicago
Stacie Geller, Ph.D., Project Contact
809 S. Marshfield Ave., MC 551
Chicago, IL 60612-7205
(312)355-0467 (312)413-0464

Female Adolescent Health

DeWitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department
Susan Mortimer, Project Contact
910 Rte. 54 East, P.O. Box 518
Clinton, IL 61727
(217)762-7911 (217)762-3422

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District
David M. Remmert, Project Contact
710 N. Neal
Champaign, IL 61824-1488
(217)373-7901 (217)373-7905

Tazewell County Health Department
Amy Tippey, Project Contact
21306 Illinois Route 9
Tremont, IL 61568-9252
(309)925-5511 X263 (309)925-4381

Lake County Health Department
Pat Garrity, LCSW, Project Contact
3010 Grand Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085
(847)360-2922 (847)625-7237

Domestic Violence
Erie Family Health Center
Xichel A. Woods, MHA, Project Contact
1701 W. Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60622
(312)666-3494 X320 (312)666-6228

PCC Community Wellness
Margie Johnson, Project Contact
14 West Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708)383-0113 (708)383-9911

A Safe Place/Lake County Crisis Center
Phyllis A. DeMott, Project Contact
P.O. Box 1067
Waukegan, IL 60079
(847)249-5147 (847)336-5813

South Suburban Family Shelter, Inc.
Diane L. Bedrosian, Project Contact
P.O. Box 937
Homewood, IL 60430
(708)798-7737 (708)647-6836

Mental Health
Illinois Institute of Technology
Margaret Huyck, Ph.D., Project Contact
3300 S. Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3793
(312)567-3517 (312)567-3493

Northern Illinois University
Julie L. Crouch, Ph.D., Project Contact
The Graduate School
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815)753-7080 (815)753-8088

Female Cancers
McHenry County Health Department
Karen Ciesielczyk, Project Contact
2200 North Seminary Avenue
Woodstock, IL. 60098
(815)334-4510 (815)338-7661

Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center
Claudia Baier, Ph.D., Project Contact
1653 West Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612
(312)942-8116 (312)942-4464

Illinois Dental Hygienists Association
Pamela J. Tolson, CAE, Project Contact
1224 Centre West, Suite 200B
Springfield, IL 62704
(217)698-7069 (217)-793-0041

Southern Illinois University Medical School
Holly McCormick, Project Contact
SIU Breast Center
747 N. Rutledge
Baylis Building Rm. 1111
Springfield, IL 62702
(217)757-7802 (217)757-7801

Y-me National Breast Cancer Organization
Catalina Ramos, Project Contact
212 West Van Buren, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607-3903
(312)294-8522 (312)294-8598

Sarah Bush Lincoln
Lisa Kimball, R.N., Project Contact
1000 Health Center Drive
P.O. Box 372
Mattoon, IL. 61938-0372
(217)258-2573 (217)238-4352

Multi Program

Bureau County Health Department
Anne Gramiak, BS, CHES, Project Contact
526 Bureau Valley Parkway
Princeton, IL 61356
(815)872-5091 (815)872-5092

Kane County Health Department
Theresa Heaton, Project Contact
210 South Sixth Street
Geneva, IL 60134
(630)208-3801 (630)208-5147

FY01 Osteoporosis Grants
Asian Human Services
Jing Zhang
4753 N. Broadway, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773)728-2235 Fax: (773)728-4751

Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center
James Miner
29 W. 16th Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Phone: (708)756-1915 Fax: (708)756-1949

Decatur Memorial Hospital
Teresa Larson
2300 North Edward St.
Decatur, IL 62526
Phone: (217)876-2381 Fax: (217)876-4374

DuPage County Health Department
Sandra Alexander
111 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: (630)682-7979 Fax: (630)462-9085

Edgar County Public Health Department
Brenda Regan RN, CLC
502 Shaw Avenue
Paris, IL 61944

Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department
Robin Koeh
120 Express Drive
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: (618)993-8111 Fax: (618)993-64557

Howard Brown Health Center
Stacey Long, Women’s Program Director
4025 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, Il 60613
Phone: (773)388-8683 Fax: (773)388-8689

Jackson County Health Department
Angie Bailey, Director of Health Education
P.O. Box 307
Murphysboro, IL 62966
Phone: (618)684-3143 X134 Fax: (618)684-6023

Jersey County Health Department
Marguerite Sinclair, MCH Coordinator
208 S. Lafayette St.
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: (618)498-9565 Fax: (618)498-6291

John Wood Community College
Beverly Wainman RNC, BSN
150 South 48th Street
Quincy, IL 62301
Phone: (217)224-6564 X4904 Fax: (217)228-9483

Knox County YMCA
Greg Bradley
1324 W. Carl Sandburg Dr.
Galesburg, IL 61401
hone: (309)344-1324 Fax: (309)344-3023

Lake Forest Hospital
Nancy Wilens RN-CS, MSN
350 South Greenleaf, Suite 403
Gurnee, IL 60031
Phone: (847)535-8400 Fax: (847)623-5133

Livingston County Health Department
Linda Rhodes, Health Educator
P.O. Box 886
310 East Torrance Avenue
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: (815)844-7174 X38 Fax: (815)842-1063

Logan County Health Department
Debra Cook
109 Third Street, P.O. Box 508
Lincoln, IL 62656
Phone: (217)735-2317 Fax: (217)732-6943

McLean County Health Department
Jan Morris
200 W. Front Street, Room 304
Bloomington, IL 61701
Phone: (309)888-5450 Fax: (309)452-8479

Mercer County Health Department
JoAnn Watson
1007 NW 3rd Street
Aledo, IL 61231
Phone: (309)582-3759 Fax: (309)582-3793

Ogle County Health Department
Cathy Ferguson
104 South Fifth Street
Oregon, IL 61061
Phone: (815)732-7330 X279 Fax: (815)732-7458

Pike County Health Department
Nancy Halpin, RN
113 East Jefferson
Pittsfield, IL 62363
Phone: (217)285-4407 Fax: (217)285-4639

St. Mary’s Good Samaritan, Inc.
Vicki Vaughn, Manager, Community Health Services
400 North Pleasant
Centralia, IL
Phone: (877)532-2271 Fax: (618)249-6533

University of Illinois at Chicago
Mark H. Gelula PH.D.
Dept. of Medical Education
808 S. Wood St., 986 CME
Chicago, IL 60612-7309
Phone: (312)996-2696 Fax: (312)413-2048

Mark your calendar

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Call the OWH Helpline for materials or referrals to agencies in your area.

October 26 2nd Annual Women’s Night Out

Held in Clinton, Illinois, the event features screenings, exhibits, speakers on perimenopause and osteoarthritis, and supper. All this for $5! Contact DeWitt County Health Department for details at 217-762-7911.

November 1 and 2 Women’s Health Conference in Rosemont

P.S. to the Summer Newsletter

The summer newsletter may have sparked your interest in alternative medicine. For information on licensed practitioners in Illinois, including some alternative medicine practitioners, check out the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations’ website:

Female: Male Ratios in Autoimmune Diseases

Hashimoto's disease/hypothyroiditis 50:1
Systemic lupus erythematosus 9:1
Sjogren's syndrome 9:1
Antiphospholipid syndrome 9:1
Primary biliary cirrhosis 9:1
Mixed connective tissue disease 8:1
Chronic active hepatitis 8:1
Graves' disease/hyperthyroiditis 7:1
Rheumatoid arthritis 4:1
Scleroderma 3:1
Type 1 diabetes 2:1
Myasthenia gravis 2:1
Multiple sclerosis 2:1
Chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura 2:1

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
Michigan National Bank Building, 15475 Granot Ave,
Detroit, MI 48205, (313) 371-8600

Autoimmune Disease in Women

The term "autoimmune disease" refers to a varied group of more than 80 serious, chronic illnesses that involve almost every human organ system. It includes diseases of the nervous, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems, as well as skin and other connective tissues, eyes, blood and blood vessels. In all of these diseases, the underlying problem is similar--the body's immune system becomes misdirected, attacking the very organs it was designed to protect.

For reasons not understood, about 75 percent occur in women, most frequently during the childbearing years. The accompanying list shows the female­to­male ratios in autoimmune diseases. Hormones are thought to play a role, because some autoimmune illnesses occur more frequently after menopause, others suddenly improve during pregnancy, with flare­ups occurring after delivery, while still others will get worse during pregnancy.

Autoimmune diseases also seem to have a genetic component, but, mysteriously, they can cluster in families as different illnesses. For example, a mother may have lupus erythematosus; her daughter, diabetes; her grandmother, rheumatoid arthritis. Research is shedding light on genetic, as well as hormonal and environmental risk factors that contribute to the causes of these diseases.

Individually, autoimmune diseases are not very common, with the exception of thyroid disease, diabetes, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, taken as a whole, they represent the fourth largest cause of disability among women in the United States.

Autoimmune diseases remain among the most poorly understood and poorly recognized of any category of illnesses. Individual diseases range from the benign to the severe. Symptoms vary widely, notably from one illness to another, but even within the same disease. And because the diseases affect multiple body systems, their symptoms are often misleading, which hinders accurate diagnosis. To help women live longer, healthier lives, a better understanding of these diseases is needed, as well as providing early diagnosis and treatment.

The major autoimmune diseases fall into four categories: Connective Tissue Diseases, Neuromuscular Diseases, Endocrine Diseases and Gastrointestinal Diseases.

Connective tissue diseases

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

An inflammation of the connective tissues, SLE (commonly called lupus) can afflict every organ system. It is up to nine times more common in women than men and strikes black women three times as often as white women. The condition is aggravated by sunlight.

Symptoms: Fever, weight loss, hair loss, mouth and nose sores, malaise, fatigue, seizures and symptoms of mental illness. Ninety percent of patients experience joint inflammation similar to rheumatoid arthritis. Fifty percent develop a classic "butterfly" rash on the nose and cheeks. Raynaud's phenomenon (extreme sensitivity to cold in the hands and feet) appears in about 20 percent of people with SLE.

Treatment: Anti-inflammatory drugs can help control arthritis symptoms; skin lesions may respond to topical treatment such as corticosteroid creams. Oral steroids, such as prednisone, are used for the systemic symptoms. Wearing protective clothing and sunscreen when outdoors is recommended.

Prognosis: Once a disease with high mortality, SLE is now a chronic disease because of new treatment approaches. It is estimated that 97 percent of individuals with SLE live at least five years, and 90 percent live at least 10 years after diagnosis, as compared with just 50 percent living more than four years in 1954. African Americans with SLE appear to have earlier onset, experience a more severe disease, and die earlier than Caucasians with SLE.

Rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disorder in which immune cells attack and inflame the membrane around joints. It also can affect the heart, lungs, and eyes. Of the estimated 2.1 million Americans with rheumatoid arthritis, approximately 1.5 million (71 percent) are women.

Symptoms: Inflamed and/or deformed joints, loss of strength, swelling, pain.

Treatment: Rest and exercise; anti-inflammatory drugs when necessary.

Prognosis: With proper treatment, education, and changes in lifestyle, most women with rheumatoid arthritis live long and productive lives.

Systemic sclerosis (Scleroderma)

Scleroderma is an activation of immune cells which produces scar tissue in the skin, internal organs and small blood vessels. It affects women three times more often than men overall, but increases to a rate 15 times greater for women during childbearing years, and appears to be more common among black women.

Symptoms: In most patients, the first symptoms are Raynaud's phenomenon and swelling and puffiness of the fingers or hands. Skin thickening follows a few months later. Other symptoms include skin ulcers on the fingers, joint stiffness in the hands, pain, sore throat, and diarrhea.

Treatment: The drug D­penicillamine has been shown to decrease skin thickening. Symptoms involving other organs such as the kidneys, esophagus, intestines, and blood vessels are treated individually.

Prognosis: No cure exists, but timely intervention can improve the quality of life.

Sjögren's syndrome

Sjögren's syndrome is a chronic, slowly progressing inability to secrete saliva and tears. It can occur alone or with rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, or systemic lupus erythematosus. Nine out of 10 cases occur in women, most often at or around mid­life. 

Symptoms: Dryness of the eyes and mouth, swollen neck glands, difficulty swallowing or talking, unusual tastes or smells, thirst, tongue ulcers, and severe dental caries.

Treatment: Interventions to keep the mouth and eyes moist include drinking a lot of fluids and using eyedrops, as well as good oral hygiene and eye care.

Prognosis: The disease has a benign course, but in rare cases malignant cancer of the lymph nodes may develop.

Neuromuscular diseases

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

A disease of the central nervous system that usually first appears between the ages of 20 and 40 and affects women twice as often as men, MS is the leading cause of disability among young adults.

Symptoms: Numbness, weakness, tingling or paralysis in one or more limbs, impaired vision and eye pain, tremor, lack of coordination or unsteady gait, and rapid involuntary eye movement. A history of at least two episodes of a cluster of symptoms is necessary for a diagnosis of MS. Because MS affects the central nervous system, symptoms may be misdiagnosed as mental illness.

Treatment: The drug baclofen is used to suppress muscle spasticity, and corticosteroids help reduce inflammation. Interferons also are being used to treat this disease.

Prognosis: The disease is degenerative, often with a fluctuating course. Average life expectancy is 35 years after onset of symptoms. Most people with MS can function effectively; however, a rare form of acute MS can be fatal within weeks.

Myasthenia gravis

This is a chronic autoimmune disorder characterized by gradual muscle weakness, often appearing first in the face.

Symptoms: Drooping eyelids, double vision, and difficulty breathing, talking, chewing, and swallowing.

Treatment: The drug edrophonium along with daily rest periods can improve muscle strength.

Prognosis: Treatment can induce remission, and people can lead productive lives.

Guillain­barré syndrome

Guillain­Barré syndrome is an acute illness that causes severe nerve damage. Two­thirds of all cases occur after a viral infection.

Symptoms: Tingling in the fingers and toes, general muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, and, in severe cases, paralysis.

Treatment: Supportive care until the condition is stabilized, then rehabilitation therapy combined with whirlpool baths to relieve pain and facilitate retraining of movements. A process called plasmapheresis, which removes plasma and nerve­damaging antibodies from the blood, is used during the first few weeks after a severe attack and may improve the chance of a full recovery.

Prognosis: Most patients recover after a period of months, but some permanent impairment remains in about 10 percent of cases. The mortality rate is 3 to 4 percent.

Endocrine diseases

Hashimoto's thyroiditis

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is a type of autoimmune disease in which the immune system destroys the thyroid, the gland that helps set the rate of metabolism. It attacks women 50 times more often than men.

Symptoms: Low levels of thyroid hormone cause mental and physical slowing, greater sensitivity to cold, weight gain, coarsening of the skin, and goiter (a swelling of the neck due to an enlarged thyroid gland).

Treatment: Thyroid hormone replacement therapy.

Prognosis: Most patients regain normal health with treatment.

Graves' disease

Graves' disease is one of the most common autoimmune diseases, affecting 13 million people and targeting women seven times as often as men. Patients with Graves' disease produce an excessive amount of thyroid hormone.

Symptoms: Weight loss due to increased energy expenditure; increased appetite, heart rate, and blood pressure; tremors, nervousness and sweating; frequent bowel movements.

Treatment: Antithyroid drug therapy or removal of the thyroid gland surgically or by radioiodine.

Prognosis: If left untreated, Graves' disease can be fatal. In most cases, however, normal health can be restored.

Insulin­dependent (Type I) diabetes

Type I diabetes is caused by too little insulin production in the pancreas, and usually occurs in children and young adults, but it can occur at any age.

Symptoms: Increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, frequent infections.

Treatment: Monitoring of diet and insulin.

Prognosis: Diabetes is relatively easy to control with proper medical attention, and acute complications are increasingly rare. However, long-term complications such as disorders of the eye, kidney, circulatory system, and nerve fibers are common. If left untreated, diabetes can result in death.

Gastrointestinal diseases

Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease describes two autoimmune disorders of the small intestine--Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Symptoms of Crohn's disease: Persistent diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and general fatigue.

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis: Bloody diarrhea, pain, urgent bowel movements, joint pains, and skin lesions.

In both diseases, there is a risk of significant weight loss and malnutrition.

Treatment: Antidiarrheal pills or bulk formers for mild cases. For more serious cases, anti­inflammatory drugs are effective. Corticosteroids are reserved for acute flare­ups of these diseases. In some cases, surgery may be required to remove obstructions or repair perforation of the colon.

Prognosis: With proper management, patients can continue to function normally. For patients who have ulcerative colitis, the risk of colon cancer increases with time. Physicians may recommend removal of the colon.

Arthritis Resources

Through the Illinois Arthritis Initiative, Illinois Department of Public Health is developing a resource guide listing arthritis-related services and resources for persons affected by the disease. The guide, which will be available in the Fall of 2000, was developed in collaboration with the Greater Chicago Arthritis Foundation (serving Chicago and surrounding counties) and the Greater Illinois Arthritis Foundation Chapter (serving downstate Illinois). These two chapters, along with 13 branch offices, have numerous programs and services offering information and support for persons affected by arthritis. They also sponsor many activities to help people manage their arthritis, to improve daily functioning and to lead more independent lives. For more information about the IDPH Initiative or about the resource guide, contact Rhonda Clancy, M.S., CHES, IDPH Arthritis Program Coordinator at 217-782-3300. To inquire about Arthritis Foundation resources, or to locate a branch office in your area, call the Greater Illinois Chapter at 309-682-6600 or the Greater Chicago Chapter at 312-616-3473.

Research Priorities Set

A national task force of 15 basic researchers and clinicians spent 18 months assessing what is known about autoimmune diseases and proposed an aggressive research agenda aimed at understanding why men and women respond differently to these illnesses

The group’s report, published in the journal Science in February 1999, recommends five distinct research areas which may explain these differences and, perhaps, even offer new treatments against the diseases.

The five major scientific questions which should govern future research include:

  • Sexual differences in the immune response
  • Mechanisms underlying hormonal effects
  • Hormones and the immunology of pregnancy
  • Genetic factors and autoimmune disease
  • Sex-related differences in disease course

The primary goal of the study is to increase researchers' awareness of these differences and suggest that they consider gender differences in designing new studies. Funding for these studies is available from the National Institutes of Health and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For more information, contact Caroline Whitacre at Ohio State University,, 614-292-5889

Don’t Miss the 2nd Annual Women’s Health Conference

Plan to attend the second annual women’s health conference, "Shaping the Future of Women’s Health", at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, on November 1 and 2, 2000.

The planning committee has recruited an all-star lineup for this year’s conference. Listing the highlights is difficult, since every session will contain cutting-edge information presented by dynamic experts in the field of women’s health. Nevertheless, here are a few good reasons to register and attend:

Pre-conference workshops

The Automated External Defibrillator Training Course

Become certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of the automated external defibrillator.

Positive Psychology and Women’s Health: Tools and Strategies for Behavior Change

Learn how to help clients make behavior change using positive psychology techniques.

Keynote speaker

It is an honor to welcome Dr. Wanda Jones to Illinois as the keynote speaker to kick off our conference. In her role as director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health, Dr. Jones has focused on eliminating health disparities for women through a variety of programs and initiatives. Meet Dr. Jones and hear her perspective on what’s happening nationally in women’s health.

Conference workshops

The heart of the conference is the workshop agenda. This year’s 25 sessions (five concurrent sessions of five), range from the "Latest Research and Treatment for Migraine Headaches" to "Cognitive Dysfunction Among Women with HIV." The conference ends with a general session panel, "Beyond Hotflashes: The Impact of Hormones on Heart, Breasts and Bones."


Take time to visit several of twenty roundtable discussion groups lead by staff of successful women’s health projects. Besides offering up-to-date information on a variety of subjects, the discussion groups offer a terrific networking opportunity.


Visit with exhibitors and colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. Hors d’oeuvres and music will be provided.

For More Information

Call the Office of Women’s Health at 217-524-6088 or the Helpline at 888-522-1282 with your questions or to get a conference registration brochure. We hope to see you in Rosemont!