The IU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health has been fortunate to enlist an extensive network of experts in the field of women's health. Advisory committee members represent a wide spectrum of organizations, both private and public, that address women's health issues in the state of Indiana. Under the direction of these advisory committees, the CoE will embark on making a difference in women's health in Indiana. The IU National CoE in Women's Health has the following advisory committees, with additional areas of interest being explored:
- Best Practices Advisory Committee will help develop clinical practice guidelines for use across a wide variety of health care settings. The guidelines will be developed by primary and specialty care physicians representing the community, public and academic hospitals and practices.
- Policy Review and Formation Advisory Committee will provide leadership as we seek to influence policy that pertains to women's health, and obtain state funding for essential women's health programs statewide (for example, screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer, sexually transmitted infections; smoking cessation; prenatal care and perinatal mortality; prevention of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease).
- Program Development Advisory Committee will help identify the programs and services that women in Indiana may be missing in their primary health care environment. The focus will include services for insured women but with greater emphasis on uninsured and underinsured women including veterans. Programs will target outcomes where improvement is most needed (for example, screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer, sexually transmitted infections; smoking cessation; prenatal care and perinatal mortality; prevention of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease).
- Regional Needs Advisory Committee will tackle workforce issues and the diverse needs of Indiana's rural and urban women addressing them through a regional perspective lens. This committee will help the Center of Excellence understand the best way to reach identified populations to meet identified needs. This committee will consider strategies for optimizing the women's health training of current primary care providers and strategies to assure a continued pipeline of well-trained practitioners throughout the state. In addition, this group will help identify barriers faced by women in rural parts of the state and find ways to bridge gaps through partnerships with regional public health departments, practices, hospitals, and Area Health Education Centers, as well as outreach from urban centers including the University.
- Sustainability Advisory Committee will help identify and shepherd potential funding opportunities for the IU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health through grants, gifts, volunteers, private individuals and corporations.
The following are areas of interest the CoE is looking to expand their reach in the near future. There are not official advisory committees yet developed; however, a framework with interested individuals have been defined. These areas are:
Women Veterans: Women comprise 14% of our military and a significant number are returning from duty as survivors of physical or sexual trauma with post-traumatic stress disorder. It will be critical to collaborate with VA women's health leaders in Indiana to identify gaps between current and needed programs and services statewide.
Volunteers: As the program grows, the need for volunteers will also grow. This group will help us identify and secure volunteers who can help in our clinics, in community based events, or other capacities as identified.
If you would like to be a part of making a difference in women's health in Indiana, join any of these up and coming committees or an existing committee by contacting the IU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health office for more information.