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South Carolina WISEWOMAN Program

Clinical Services: South Carolina WISEWOMAN works with health care providers to provide cardiovascular disease risk factor screenings to low-income, underinsured/uninsured women between the ages of 47 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. South Carolina provides screening, medical support, and risk reduction counseling through contracts with federally qualified healthcare centers (FQHCs), other health centers and clinics in 12 of 46 counties in South Carolina. The majority of the FQHCs that are delivering WISEWOMAN services are in the Pee Dee region, which has the state’s highest rate of death from heart disease. Other provider sites are located in areas of the state that have the highest rates of obesity, physical inactivity and diabetes.

Lifestyle Programs and Other Healthy Behavior Support Options: South Carolina WISEWOMAN program uses nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, health educators, pharmacists, and social workers to deliver health coaching and refer women to community-based lifestyle programs and other community resources to support physical activity, healthy eating and smoking cessation, as appropriate. Community Health Workers (CHWs) and patient navigators help women who need additional support and encouragement to continue their participation in community programs. CHWs follow women referred to community programs to address any barriers to participation.

For more information, please contact:

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
2100 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Background: The program is housed in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control within the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Bureau of Community Health & Chronic Disease Prevention.