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Iowa WISEWOMAN Program

Clinical Services: Iowa WISEWOMAN works with health care providers to provide cardiovascular disease risk factor screenings to low-income, underinsured/uninsured women between the ages of 40 to 64 years. These screenings include blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol as well as assessing height, weight, medical history, quality of life indicators, tobacco use, diet/nutrition and physical activity. Iowa WISEWOMAN works with local agencies to provide screening, medical support, and risk reduction counseling through contracts with 250 health care providers in 40 of Iowa’s 99 counties; however the program is currently revising their provider list.

Lifestyle Programs and Other Healthy Behavior Support Options: Iowa WISEWOMAN works with eight local boards of health that subcontract with local agencies to provide additional risk reduction counseling and refer participants to the community-based lifestyle programs and other resources to support physical activity, healthy eating and smoking cessation, as appropriate. The program also offers health coaching.

For more information, please contact:

Iowa Department of Public Health
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Background: The program is housed in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Management of the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention.