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Health and Aging in Illinois

This section provides access to reports, statistics, organizations, and government agencies that deal with women's health and aging. Empty categories are still being worked on; this should not be seen as a sign that there is no information on that subject.

See also Health in the United States and Health in Chicago.


Contents

Health Characteristics of Diverse Women
Health Promotion and Preventive Strategies
Menstrual, Reproductive, and Sexual Health
Physical Diseases and Health Conditions
Policy
Organizations for General Information

Health Characteristics of Diverse Women

The Office on Women's Health National Women's Health Indicators Database
http://www.healthstatus2000.com/owh/
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health provides access to women's health data by race and ethnicity.

Vital Statistics for Illinois, 1996
http://www.idph.state.il.us/vital/pdf/1996.pdf
Detailed information about health for the State of Illinois is available in downloadable Adobe Acrobat .pdf files for 1996 and 1995, including ethnic and gender breakdowns. (NOTE: You will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat to be able to access these documents.)

Health Promotion and Preventive Strategies

Women's Health Quiz
http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/books/ftfquiz.htm
Facts on topics in women's health including osteoporosis, menopause, mental health, breast cancer and heart disease, as well as information about domestic violence and how to speak to your doctor, from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Elder Abuse in Illinois
http://www.uic.edu/orgs/rin/2000rpt/ch8/sld102.htm
Source: Illinois Department on Aging, "Elder Abuse and Neglect Annual Report," FY1998.

Menstrual, Reproductive, and Sexual Health

Illinois State Sexuality and STD/HIV Education Regulations
http://www.uic.edu/orgs/rin/2000rpt/ch2/sld030.htm
Source: NARAL Foundation, "State Sexuality and STD/HIV Education Regulations," 1999; and J. Sears, "Sexuality and the Curriculum: The Politics and Practices of Sexuality Education," 1992.

Pregnancy Outcomes in Illinois
http://www.uic.edu/orgs/rin/2000rpt/ch3/sld044.htm
Source: The Alan Guttmacher Institute, "Contraception Counts," 1998.

Illinois Dept. of Public Health: Teen Births in Illinois
http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/teen/tnbrch94.htm
Illinois teen birth statistics for 1993-1994 from the Illinois Department of Public Health website, listed by county. Statistics for 1995-1996 are also available.

Total Birth Statistics for Illinois, 1988-1996
http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/bdmd/birth.htm
Illinois Department of Public Health statistics for Illinois births, listed by county.

Illinois Abortion Statistics, 1997
http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/abortion/abort97.htm
Statistics for abortions from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health, including breakdowns by age and marital status as well as totals for each county in Illinois. Figures are also available for 1996 and 1995.

Infant Mortality Statistics for Illinois, 1995-1996
http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/infant/infmort.htm
Infant Mortality Rates by County, 1995-1996, from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The Illinois Department of Public Health Information on AIDS in Illinois

National Abortion Federation
http:// www.prochoice.org
Founded in 1977, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of
abortion providers in the United States and Canada. NAF members provide the broadest spectrum of abortion expertise in North America. Members include some 400 nonprofit and private clinics, women’s health centers, Planned Parenthood facilities, and private physicians, as well as nationally and internationally recognized researchers, clinicians, and educators at major universities and teaching hospitals. The site offers accurate medical information on pregnancy and abortions. Abortion Fact Sheets report on state and national action on abortion issues. Information on ways to take action is provided. The News/Media Center provides press releases about abortion statistics. Other headings include: Clinic Violence, Resources for Providers, and Providers and Patients Speak.

National Abortion Rights Action League
http:// www.naral.com
The National Abortion Rights Action League directly addresses abortion rights and birth control. Its mission is to seek better access to contraception as well as other kinds of reproductive health care and information. On the site you can access voting records and fact sheets that include statistics on many topics.Other headings include: Choice for America (Television Campaign), Elections: Choice 2000, Pregnant? Need Help?, Media Resources, Press Releases, Publications, NARAL Affiliates, Ten Minute Activist. The site also provides information for each state. Heading under "in your state" include: Contact State Representatives, NARAL Affiliates, Current State Legislation, In Your Comunity, and Laws-state-by-state. An in-depth discussion of all aspects of abortion issues for Illinois is offered.

Physical Diseases and Health Conditions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Illinois Health Facts
http://www.cdc.gov/nchswww/fastats/illinois.htm
General statistics on Illinois health, births, deaths, and links to selected reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Office on Women's Health National Women's Health Indicators Database
http://www.healthstatus2000.com/owh/
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health provides access to women's health data on the state and local level.

Illinois Department of Public Health: Statistical Reports
http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/statshome.htm
An extensive collection of llinois health statistical reports in Adobe Acrobat format are available for download here. Topics covered include birth statistics, infant mortality, teen birth statistics, marriage and divorce statistics, abortion statistics and death statistics, as well as disease information, AIDS/HIV and STD statistics, popular baby names, and more. (NOTE: You will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat to be able to access these documents.)

Disability Population in Illinois by Gender
http://www.uic.edu/orgs/rin/2000rpt/ch3/sld041.htm
Source: Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois (SILC), Independent Living Needs Assessment Identifying the Unserved and Underserved; see their Web site.

Life Expectancy for Women
http://www.uic.edu/orgs/rin/2000rpt/ch8/sld103.htm
Source: Illinois Department on Aging, "Older Women in Illinois...The Differences They Face," December 1997.

Physical Health Issues for Older Women
http://www.uic.edu/orgs/rin/2000rpt/ch8/sld107.htm
Source: Illinois Department on Aging, "Older Women in Illinois...The Differences They Face," December 1997.

Mental Health Issues for Older Women
http://www.uic.edu/orgs/rin/2000rpt/ch8/sld109.htm
Source: Illinois Department on Aging, "Older Women in Illinois...The Differences They Face," December 1997.

Women and Alzheimer's Disease
http://www.uic.edu/orgs/rin/2000rpt/ch8/sld110.htm
Source: Illinois Department on Aging, "Older Women in Illinois...The Differences They Face," December 1997.

Cancer
Illinois Cancer Registry
http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/cancer/index.htm
Cancer incidence data for Illinois residents from 1990-1994 is available from the Illinois State Cancer Registry website. Breakdowns by gender and ethicity are included, and information is available for breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancer.

Diabetes
Diabetes Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/index.htm

Tuberculosis
Illinois Tuberculosis Cases by County, 1988-1997
http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/infect/tb.htm
Totals for Illinois counties and the state of Illinois only, with no gender or ethnic breakdowns, from the Illinois Department of Public Health Web site.

Policy: Policy and legal issues related to health/aging

Facts on Contraceptive Services and Reproductive Choices in Illinois
http://www.uic.edu/orgs/rin/2000rpt/ch3/sld045.htm
Source: The Alan Guttmacher Institute, "Contraception Counts," 1998; and NARAL Foundation, "Who Decides? A State-by-State Review of Abortion and Reproductive Rights," 2000.

The Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts Online
http://www.statehealthfacts.kff.org
State Health Facts Online, launched by the Kaiser Family Foundation, offers health policy information on a broad range of issues. As an example, one issue covered is abortion restrictions. A color-coded map shows you which states enforce or require mandatory waiting periods or parental notification/consent. Headings on the website include: 50 State Comparisons, Individual State Profiles, Resurces, Search, and Feedback.

 

Organizations: Working with women and girls in Illinois on health/aging issues

Illinois Department on Aging
http://www.state.il.us/aging/
421 East Capitol Avenue, #100
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: (217) 785-3356
FAX: (217) 785-447
Senior HelpLine: (800) 252-8966 (Voice and TTY)

Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging
http://www.wiaaa.org
729 34th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 793-6800
FAX: (309) 793-6807
E-Mail (General Information): greta@wiaaa.org

Illinois Department of Public Health
http://www.idph.state.il.us/
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
Phone: (217) 782-4977
FAX: (217) 782-3987
TTY: 800-547-046

Illinois Human Rights Commission
http://www.state.il.us/dhr/index.htm
W.G. Stratton Building, Room 404
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: (217) 785-4350

Date Last Updated: July 2005

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