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Pennsylvania WISEWOMAN Program

Clinical Services: Pennsylvania 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. The program recruited the Alliance of Pennsylvania Councils, Inc., a statewide group of providers, to offer screening, risk reduction counseling, case management, hypertension management and health coaching services. The program plans to expand the network of providers offering services. WISEWOMAN services are not offered statewide at this time.

Lifestyle Programs and Other Healthy Behavior Support Options: Pennsylvania WISEWOMAN contracts with their provider network to provide health coaching. Pennsylvania also refers WISEWOMAN clients to community-based lifestyle programs including Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), Weight Watchers and a Curves Complete pilot project.

For more information, please contact:

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Room 1000 Health & Welfare Building
625 Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Background: The program is housed in the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction.