The WISEWOMAN program is administered through CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP). The WISEWOMAN program provides low-income, under-insured or uninsured women with chronic disease risk factor screening, lifestyle programs, and referral services in an effort to prevent cardiovascular disease. The priority age group is women aged 40–64 years.
CDC currently funds 21 WISEWOMAN programs, which operate on the local level in states and tribal organizations. WISEWOMAN programs provide standard preventive services including blood pressure and cholesterol testing. WISEWOMAN programs also offer testing for diabetes. Women are not only tested and referred, but are also counseled about their risk for cardiovascular disease and are encouraged to take advantage of evidence-based lifestyle programs that target poor nutrition and physical inactivity, such as healthy cooking classes, walking clubs, or lifestyle counseling. Women who smoke are encouraged to quit and are referred to proactive quit lines or quit-smoking classes. The interventions vary from program to program, but all are designed to promote lasting, healthy lifestyle changes.
From 2008 to 2014, the WISEWOMAN program has served more than 165,000 women and 91% of them had at least one heart disease and stroke risk factor. More than 118,000 evidence-based behavior support services were provided to these women to help reduce their cardiovascular disease risk.
This evaluation toolkit was developed to provide guidance, tools, and resources to Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) programs to conduct effective and meaningful program evaluation activities.
- Page last reviewed: December 22, 2015
- Page last updated: December 22, 2015
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