Getting good medical care that finds problems early and treats them effectively is an essential part of staying healthy. CDC works with public health partners and health care systems to improve the delivery of clinical preventive services, such as using electronic health records to monitor patient care and adding community health workers to health care teams.
CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention supports programs across the country to help millions of Americans control their high blood pressure and reduce other cardiovascular disease risk factors. For example, the WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation) program works to reduce heart disease and stroke risk factors for women aged 40 to 64 with low incomes and little or no health insurance.
Participants receive preventive health services such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes screenings. They are counseled about their risk of heart disease and stroke and referred to lifestyle change programs and other community resources that can help them control their blood pressure, eat a healthier diet, be physically active, and quit smoking.
CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control works with national organizations and state and local health agencies to help people lower their cancer risk by increasing the use of effective cancer prevention strategies and screening tests. Screening tests can help prevent colorectal and cervical cancers and find colorectal, cervical, and breast cancers early, when treatment works best.
CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program funds 20 states, 8 universities, 2 tribal organizations, and 5 other organizations to increase colon cancer screening rates among men and women aged 45 and older.
CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program funds programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 6 US territories, and 13 American Indian/Alaska Native tribes or tribal organizations to provide access to breast and cervical cancer screening for women with low incomes and little or no health insurance.