WISEWOMAN Success Stories
The following success stories highlight how WISEWOMAN programs implement innovative approaches within their health systems and communities to help low-income women identify and manage their heart disease and stroke risk.
Featured Success Story
Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Better Nutrition
The Vermont WISEWOMAN Program, known as Ladies First, is improving healthy food options for women with the goal of lowering their risk for heart disease and stroke. Farm to Family, an innovative program created through a partnership with the Vermont Department for Children and Families, provides WISEWOMAN participants with coupons to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables at more than 55 farmers’ market locations across the state. The program increases access to healthy foods in order to support weight management and blood pressure control efforts.
Colorado is implementing the use of clinical care systems that have proven successful in blood pressure control and tracking clients with uncontrolled hypertension.
The Michigan WISEWOMAN program uses community navigators to help women with uncontrolled high blood pressure find needed medical services and lifestyle programs. To help strengthen the relationship between its community and health system, the navigators serve as a link between the clinic, participants, and various community resources.
Meeting women where they live and work, the Nebraska WISEWOMAN program uses community health workers to identify eligible women, determine their heart disease risk, and refer them to needed medical services and lifestyle programs.
Through its partnership with the state’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Pennsylvania WISEWOMAN program offers Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to its participants. After an initial screening, women are referred to local resources for healthy eating and blood pressure monitoring.
To ensure eligible women have the tools they need to live heart-healthy lifestyles, the Utah WISEWOMAN program maintains a community resource tracking system that provides participants with up-to-date information on available medical services and lifestyle programs.