In 1986, Rosemary Berkel Crisp of Marion and Ann L. Knewitz of Carbondale, along with a group of women with backgrounds in health care, met to discuss the creation of a forum where their general health, emotional and wellness concerns could be addressed. These women felt that although women were receiving health-related information, the information was targeting women solely as the care providers for their family's health, and women's unique and individual health concerns were being ignored. They believed that women lacked appropriate information about their health to make educated and responsible decisions about their own health issues. This meeting culminated in the formation of the first Steering Committee for the Southern Illinois Women's Health Conference, and the first conference was held in 1986. The conference has developed into the most prominent health conference for women in southern Illinois. It provides women an opportunity to spend a day focused on their health and well-being offering nationally known keynote speakers, over 20 programs on health topics presented by local experts, health screenings, and exhibitors featuring products and services for women.
Women for Health and Wellness, Inc. was incorporated in 1992 to service the region bordered by Interstate 64 on the north, Cairo on the south, and the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers on the east and west.
Today the organization has an executive director and has developed into much more than the Southern Illinois Women's Health Conference. The organization also hosts the Southern Illinois Women's Teen Conference and Southern Illinois Men's Health Conference.
The work of Women for Health and Wellness, Inc., is funded solely through private donations. To learn how you can contribute to this organization and further its mission, contact our office at Phone: 618.985.2828 ext. 8469 or 8604 or send us an email.