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Utah WISEWOMAN Program

Clinical Services: Utah WISEWOMAN works with health care providers to provide cardiovascular disease risk factor screenings to low-income, underinsured/uninsured women between the ages of 50 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. Utah WISEWOMAN provides screening and risk reduction counseling through contracts with 8 of Utah’s 12 Local Health Departments (22 clinics). Because county health departments are not primary care providers, the program links women with abnormal findings to health care providers in their community for medical work-up and treatment.

Lifestyle Programs and Other Healthy Behavior Support Options: Utah WISEWOMAN provides health coaching using the Utah BeWise approach, which is to provide quality health coaching sessions for all participants with most resources expended on participants with the greatest risk for cardiovascular disease. This approach has demonstrated success and is well-received by the population served. The program uses “A New Leaf: Choices for Healthy Living,” program materials in delivering health coaching. These materials are revised to fit the needs of Utah’s women. As the program continues, Utah will partner with the Utah State University Extension Office to link women to Utah’s USDA-funded Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, which is an evidence-based lifestyle program.

For more information, please contact:

Utah Department of Health
288 North 1460 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Background: The program is housed within the Utah Cancer Control Program as a sister unit to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.