Hi All. Below is an article about one of our recent MCH grads who works with the local Women’s Health Foundation. Jenni Hebert-Beirne, PhD, MPH was awarded a Pfizer Investigator-Initiated Research (IIR) grant to conduct research related to adolescents and pelvic health.
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Women’s Health Foundation Announces Receipt of Grant for Pelvic Health Research in Adolescents
Chicago Women’s Health Non-Profit to Research Knowledge, Attitudes and Behavior Regarding Bladder and Pelvic Health among Urban Adolescent Females
Chicago, IL (June 18, 2010) — Women’s Health Foundation (WHF) proudly announces that Jeni Hebert-Beirne, PhD, MPH, WHF Director of Research has been awarded a Pfizer Investigator-Initiated Research (IIR) grant expanding WHF’s recently launched Adolescent Initiative. The study’s goals are to discern baseline knowledge and perceptions on pelvic health and to improve adolescent females’ knowledge, awareness and behavior with respect to basic bladder and pelvic health through an adaptive educational curriculum.
Since 2004, WHF has created unique, community-based, wellness and educational programs for all women combining a specialized wellness program with an educational component involving bladder and pelvic anatomy, nutrition and lifestyle tips to prevent manage or alleviate bladder symptoms. Recently, WHF expanded their traditional programs and services to adolescents by launching a pilot program at a high school on Chicago’s west side testing a curriculum assessing and intervening on the attitudes, beliefs and knowledge regarding menstruation, bathroom behaviors, sexual health issues as well as pelvic health.
“Arming young girls with pelvic health education, we aim to equip teen girls with the knowledge to take care of their health. Adolescence is a time to encourage health behaviors associated with optimal long term health. Since the risk of pelvic dysfunction increases with age, adolescence is the ideal life stage to educate and shape current and future health behaviors.” said Missy Lavender, Founder, Executive Director of Women’s Health Foundation.
Through this initiative, WHF will teach basic pelvic health education – anatomy, hygiene, the basics on pelvic function and disorders to teen girls as well as behavioral guidelines to pregnant and parenting teens.
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About Women’s Health Foundation
Founded in 2004, Women’s Health Foundation (WHF) is a nonprofit organization focused on providing life strategies, community-based programs and services, and events to encourage women to proactively manage their pelvic health and wellness. Dedicated to eliminating the Sisterhood of Silence and creating a Sisterhood of Strength, WHF is becoming the nation’s most visible and passionate champion of women’s pelvic wellness issues. Headquartered in Chicago, Women’s Health Foundation sponsors programs in Alaska, Massachusetts, Colorado, Arizona, Indiana, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and throughout the Chicagoland area. To learn more, visit www.womenshealthfoundation.org