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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!

5/7 - OneAmerica - 40th Running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

5/9 - Healthy Communities of Clinton County Coalition - Celebrating Clinton County Women health/screening event 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Downtown Veteran’s Park, Frankfort, IN

5/10 - New Hope Services, Inc. / Indiana WIC - Spring into Health event - 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Kid’s Place (1642 McClain Ave. Scottsburg, IN)

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

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


Have you been flossing?

We hear it every time we go to the dentist:  have you been flossing?  Most people do their best to floss once a day, but sometimes even the best put it off.  The truth is, flossing is a critical part of taking care of gums and teeth.  The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to reach the areas between your teeth that your toothbrush misses.  It can help prevent gum disease and cavities and gets rid of plaque that can harden into tartar.  Follow these recommendations to floss properly and maintain your pearly whites!

· Just do it.  It does not matter if you floss before or after brushing as long as you are flossing.  Be thorough and pick a time of day when you can dedicate a few extra minutes to get the job done.

· It doesn’t have to hurt to be clean.  Flossing should not be painful.  Try to avoid flossing too hard or you could damage the tissue between your teeth.  It may feel a little uncomfortable at first if you are not used to flossing, but that should ease within a week or two with regular brushing and flossing.

· Use the tool that works for you.  You can use dental floss, or another tool such as a dental pick, pre-threaded flosser, a water flosser or a wooden plaque remover.  Use whatever tool is most comfortable and helps you keep flossing a daily habit.

· Learn the right way to floss.  If you choose to use dental floss, know how to use this tool properly. Review the American Dental Association How to Floss Tip Sheet for pictures and descriptions of proper flossing, or check out this helpful video.7

For more information, visit the American Dental 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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