First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear Unveils Women’s Health Kiosk at University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 13, 2012  
Contact Information:  Parry Barrows

LEXINGTON, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today joined Dr. Mary Lynn Capilouto, Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) Executive Director Eleanor Jordan and other women health advocates to unveil a new interactive women’s wellness kiosk at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.

“As women, wives and mothers, we tend to take on the role of caregiver, putting others’ needs above our own, and many times neglecting our own health,” Mrs. Beshear said. “This kiosk is an easily accessible tool for women to learn about wellness, prevention and most importantly, how to seek treatment for existing health risks.”

The bilingual touch-screen kiosk provides a wide range of information on general women’s wellness and breast health, including symptoms and treatment options for diabetes, asthma, cancers, weight management, smoking cessation, STDs, depression, heart health, domestic violence, breast health and HIV-AIDS. Each topic is programmed with women’s health stories, preventive measures, suggested follow-up questions to ask a healthcare provider and encouragement to visit a medical professional. The kiosk also includes a telephone that is programmed to connect the user with immediate assistance or to schedule appointments.
“Confronting issues relevant to the Commonwealth is a critical component of the University of Kentucky’s mission as a modern Land Grant flagship research institution,” said Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto. “We are excited to have this interactive educational resource that will improve knowledge about, and raise awareness of, important women’s health matters.”

According to the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., Kentucky’s female population ranks in the bottom third of nearly every women’s health indicator. After hosting two women’s health summits and gathering input from 62 agencies, partners and organizations, the KCW believes that the root of the problem is getting women to take control of their health.

The kiosk design is similar to that of an automated teller machine. Health information is provided in a manner that serves multiple reading abilities for easy comprehension and recollection. The touch-screen technology attracts visitors and allows for the information to be provided in both audio and visual formats to appeal to a broader audience.

"Using this technology as a wellness guide where underserved women can easily access a vast amount of basic health information and locate immediate assistance could prove to be one of the most innovative ways of getting women to take hold of their health,” said KCW Executive Director Eleanor Jordan. “This is a fun way to gently encourage behavior toward wellness and prevention. The more of these we place in targeted areas where they become a private and trusted resource, the greater chance we have of empowering women and changing the health and wellbeing statistics for Kentucky's women."

The Markey Cancer Center kiosk is the second kiosk to be placed in the state and one of many that the KCW hopes to place in underserved areas across the Commonwealth. Last year, Governor Beshear unveiled the first kiosk at Park DuValle Medical Center in Louisville. In its first six months of operation, the Park DuValle kiosk received 521 module “hits” and the average user spent 36 minutes at the kiosk.

The kiosk was developed by St. Andrew Development Inc. of Pennsylvania and was purchased through private donations made to the Markey Cancer Center Foundation.

“We're thrilled to have the first and only Women's Wellness Guide in Lexington," said Dr. Randall G. Rowland, president and CEO of the Markey Cancer Foundation. "Thanks to this generous gift from Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson, we're able to provide even more important health information to the patients and families who visit our facilities here at Markey."

“Our work with the Kentucky Commission on Women is evidence of this administration’s commitment to making sure that all Kentucky women have ready access to healthy lifestyle information,” said Frank McKee of St. Andrew Development. “We applaud their efforts and consider ourselves privileged to be working with such a fine agency advancing a very noble cause.”