Evergreen Invitational Grants Initiative
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 and its community partners.
Since its inception, funds raised by the Evergreen Invitational have been granted to support 63 projects and programs bringing new, innovative healthcare ideas to Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, totaling $3.4 million. Each of these initiatives has helped advance the patient – centered mission of the Evergreen Invitational, offering solutions that will improve both accessibility and healthcare outcomes for women of all ages.
2015 Evergreen Invitational Grants
The Healthy Minds/Healthy Moms Program
"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.
Group Educational Intervention to Improve Postpartum Retention in HIV Care: A Pilot Study
"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.
Access Now: Breast Cancer Screening and Detection
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
"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
"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)
"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
"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.