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.
- The Effect of Systemic Lidocaine to Prevent the Development of Chronic Oost-surgical Pain in Women: a Functional and Morphological Brain Imaging Study — Seeks to use lidocaine as a safe strategy to reduce the development of chronic pain in women after they have had a mastectomy, which develops in about 50% of women post-procedure. The study also investigates the specific brain morphological and functional alterations associated with the development of chronic pain.
- The Healthy Minds/Healthy Moms Program (Year 3) — 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 enables the program to incorporate these mental health services and includes emergency funds for medications and transportation.
- A Prospective Preliminary Study of Sacral Neuromodulation (SNS) for Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction — Aims to understand which women may benefit most from SNS, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved device for treating both urinary symptoms and fecal incontinence, in any or all domains (urinary, bowel, and pain). This study will lead to better patient selection and allow the treating physicians from all disciplines to better counsel patients regarding outcomes and expectations.
- Women Empowered (WE) in Health: A Partnership with Community Health to Support a Gynecology Clinic in Englewood — Enables Community Health, a volunteer-based clinic in Chicago offering free care to the low-income and uninsured, to purchase equipment and supplies necessary to expand its services to include much-needed gynecological services for women in need.
- Noninvasive Markers of Ovarian Reserve in Patients with the BRCA Mutation — Aims to examine the effect of common BRCA gene mutations, associated with increased susceptibility to breast and ovarian cancers, on markers of ovarian reserve. Recent studies suggest that the BRCA mutation might be associated with occult primary ovarian insufficiency, which places women with the BRCA mutation at higher risk for chemotherapy-induced ovarian failure. Additionally, discovery of susceptibility genes for ovarian insufficiency may have positive implications for understanding the link between infertility and breast/ovarian cancer.
- Vaccination of Uninsured Close Contacts of Newborn Infants Born at Prentice with Tdap, the Adolescent and Adult Acellular Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccine, as Part of a Cocoon Strategy to Protect Newborn Infants Against Pertussis Disease — Provides funding necessary to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation of vaccinating adolescents and other close contacts, such as fathers and grandparents, of infants to prevent the transmission of pertussis. Infants are at the greatest risk of disease complications and death from pertussis.
- Healthy Women Program (Year 4) — A partnership between Northwestern Memorial and Erie Family Health Center, this program employs an innovative community health educator model to teach low-income, pre-diabetic Hispanic women how to live healthier lives. The model includes evidence-based multimedia educational tools developed by Northwestern Memorial. In year four, the program is expanding to a third location and now includes a breastfeeding awareness program.
The Risk Factors for the Development of Chemotherapy Induced Neuropathy Project — Investigates the factors that predispose women to painful, dose-limiting neuropathy during the treatment of breast cancer.
- Partnership to Improve Breastfeeding Rates (Year 4) — Enables the Prentice Ambulatory Care clinic to employ a breastfeeding peer counselor to provide breastfeeding support and culturally appropriate education. The counselor has started a monthly breastfeeding class and routinely meets with prenatal patients to discuss newborn feeding choices and emphasize the benefits of breastfeeding.
- Creating a Life: Health Education for Pregnant Women (Year 3) — Builds on the successful model created through the Partnership to Improve Breastfeeding Rates program by adding monthly prenatal classes for women in the Prentice Ambulatory Care clinic. Classes include Preparation for Childbirth, Parenting/New Baby Skills and Infant CPR/Baby Safety.
- The Healthy Minds/Healthy Moms Program (Year 2) — Bridges the gap in mental healthcare services for pregnant and postpartum women living with HIV/AIDS. Funding from the Evergreen Invitational enables the program to incorporate mental health services, which complement the comprehensive medical, reproductive health and social services already offered to these patients.
- For Optimal Recovery: Care After Severe Tears (The FORCAST Study) — This prospective cohort study includes women who sustain a severe (third or fourth degree) obstetrical laceration during delivery of a full-term infant. It aims to identify risk factors for short-term complications (such as wound infection, acute pain and wound breakdown) and long-term complications (including urinary and bowel dysfunction, chronic pain and depression), as well as to determine if immediate, consistent and intensive postpartum follow-up by a specialist improves long-term outcomes for women with severe obstetrical lacerations.
- Healthy Women Pre-Diabetes Program (Year 3) — A partnership between Northwestern Memorial and Erie Family Health Center, this program employs an innovative community health educator model to teach low-income, pre-diabetic Hispanic women how to live healthier lives. The program integrates evidence-based multimedia educational tools developed by Northwestern Memorial to help prevent or delay the onset of Type II diabetes.
- Innovative Educational Approaches to Help Women Navigate the Menopause
Management Maze — A multifaceted educational program provides women with reliable and updated information on menopause management. This pathway to knowledge began with a half-day symposium featuring Northwestern and national experts and will continue with a series of enduring educational tools and a to-be-developed unique self-assessment guide. The program also increased awareness among Northwestern clinicians about evidence-based practice guidelines related to menopause and encouraged them to incorporate updated guidelines into their practices and improve the overall health of their patients.
2013 Mission Archive