Responding to Women's Needs with Comprehensive Health Care at All Stages of Life
Hosted by MK Pritzker and The Woman's Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Evergreen Invitational® is a premier event that brings the excitement and pageantry of equestrian Grand Prix show jumping to the greater Chicagoland area. Proceeds from the event support world-class women's health programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Proceeds from the Evergreen Invitational Grand Prix enable healthcare professionals at Northwestern and partnering organizations to continue their notable efforts in pioneering new approaches to women's health issues. Programs and projects selected to receive grants reflect the Evergreen Invitational's multi-faceted, patient-centered mission.
"Chronic Disease Management and Education for Low-Income Women" is a program by HealthReach to expand access for women with chronic disease that confront formidable barriers to high-quality health care; improve health outcomes and prevent or mitigate the significant negative effects of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, stroke and kidney failure; and reduce co-morbidity costs. The funding from Evergreen Invitational helped to integrate regular patient exams, onsite laboratory diagnostic testing, diet and exercise counseling, chronic disease education, medication therapy and proactive medication adherence practices.
"Taking it to the Streets: Using Community Based Participatory Research Principles to Address the Burden of Uterine Fibroids" is a community-based study to gain a better understanding of uterine fibroids, which are benign tumors that are present during a womanís reproductive years and the leading cause of hysterectomy in the United States.
"Can Prenatal Plasma Oxytocin Concentration Predict Likelihood of Postpartum Depression? An Opportunity for Early Intervention and Prevention in a Vulnerable Population" is a project to test the hypothesis that oxytocin measured during the third trimester of pregnancy can be used to accurately predict the likelihood of developing postpartum depression. The specific focus is on low-income women served at the Prentice Ambulatory Care Clinic, who are at increased risk for postpartum depression and whose children are particularly vulnerable to the adverse consequences associated with untreated maternal depression.
Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) "Domestic Violence Screening and Advocacy Project" is designed to provide quality onsite crisis intervention and counseling to patients who are domestic violence victims at the critical time in which they seek health care; to train healthcare providers to identify, assess and effectively refer victims of abuse; and to improve the healthcare systemís response to domestic violence victims.
"Northwestern Follow-up Clinic: Connecting Patients to Better Health and a Permanent Medical Home" is a project that focused on outreach to women to support and empower them to achieve stability in all aspects of their life, especially their health. In a group setting, patients learned and practiced techniques for healthier living, including communication skills and methods of relaxation. A licensed social worker provided psycho-education to participants regarding budgeting and how to get the most out of health care.
"Reducing Barriers to Self-care for Low-income Pregnant Women with Diabetes" is an educational program to provide low-income diabetic pregnant women with text messages to support diabetes education and augment the requirements for self-management. Participants received three supportive or educational text messages per week and were closely followed throughout pregnancy for program feedback.
"A Facilitated Group Educational Intervention to Improve Postpartum Retention in HIV Care (Year 1)" is a study of group learning strategies used to increase healthy behaviors in HIV+ women. Funding from Evergreen Invitational helps the study evaluate long-term retention outcomes of the group learning intervention in an attempt to increase retention in care for postpartum HIV+ women, resulting in improved overall health and ability to care for their families.
CommunityHealth and its "Access Now: Breast Cancer Screening and Detection (Year 1)" is an initiative to address the health disparities of uninsured, particularly minority, women and provide them with comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered health care at no cost. The goal of the project is to proactively identify appropriate women for breast cancer screening and detection services.
"The Healthy Minds/Healthy Moms Program (Year 4)" bridges the gap in mental healthcare services for pregnant and postpartum women living with HIV/AIDS. Mental health support complements the comprehensive medical, reproductive health and social services already offered to these patients. Funding from the Evergreen Invitational enabled the program to incorporate mental health services and includes emergency funds for medications and transportation.
"A Facilitated Group Educational Intervention to Improve Postpartum Retention in HIV Care (Year 2)" is a study of group learning strategies used to increase healthy behaviors in HIV+ women. Funding from Evergreen Invitational helps the study evaluate long-term retention outcomes of the group learning intervention in an attempt to increase retention in care for postpartum HIV+ women, resulting in improved overall health and ability to care for their families.
CommunityHealth and its "Access Now: Breast Cancer Screening and Detection (Year 2)" is an initiative to address the health disparities of uninsured, particularly minority, women and provide them with comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered health care at no cost. The goal of the project is to proactively identify appropriate women for breast cancer screening and detection services.
"Long Term Consequences of Ovarian Stimulation on Cancer Recurrence in Patients Undergoing Fertility Preservation" is a study to examine how choosing to undergo or forgo fertility preservation in the form of oocyte or embryo cryopreservation alters cancer recurrence risk. This is very valuable information to provide patients and a question that is currently unanswered in the field of fertility preservation.
"Establishing a Medical Home for Medically Underserved Women in Lake County" is a program by Erie Family Health Center (Erie) to expand access to high-quality, comprehensive primary care services for low-income, underserved residents in Lake County, by nearly six times the current capacity. In particular, Erie will add significant capability in the region to care for low-income women and children who are uninsured or insured by Medicaid.
"Fibroids and Urinary Symptoms Study (FUSS)" is a patient-centered, multidisciplinary project that addresses two prevalent, related and understudied conditions affecting millions of women: urinary incontinence/pelvic floor disorders (PFD) and uterine fibroids. The project seeks to understand the intersection of these common disorders, enhance research and clinical care for women and establish Northwestern Medicine as the premiere center for fibroids and PFD.
"A School Based Intervention to Improve Youth Sexual Health Education and Services" is a program to develop a formal sexual health services referral process for Chicago Public Schools and to conduct a formative evaluation of this referral process and of the incorporation of the National Sexuality Education Standards into the Chicago Public Schools curriculum. Funding from Evergreen Invitational helps bridge academic and community partnerships to implement and evaluate an initiative with direct implications for teen sexual health.