Grant Helps County Launch First Panel on Women's Health

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Byline: Eric Krol Daily Herald Staff Writer

The Kane County Health Department is on its way to changing how women can get answers to their medical questions. The county plans to start a new group dedicated to addressing women's health concerns.

The new panel will be called Health First: Kane County Women Speak Out. Leaders envision it becoming the county's first-ever coalition to work on improving the health of women.

The effort comes courtesy of a $30,000 grant the county applied for, from the state's Department of Public Health's office of women's health, said Nancy Wedemeyer, the county's health promotions nurse and community liaison.

Provena Mercy Center in Aurora and Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin are working with Wedemeyer to form the group.

"With the county's rapid population growth, I think there is increased interest in doing this," Wedemeyer said.

Both the hospitals and health department are trying to recruit members for the new group. They are looking to tap people who already belong to women's religious or professional groups.

Once that's done, the group will send out a survey asking 1,000 women their perceptions on women's health needs in the county. …