WISEWOMAN

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The Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) program offers cardiovascular screenings at clinics in Colorado.
 
WISEWOMAN also provides risk reduction counseling, medical referrals, and healthy behavior support services to help women control their blood pressure and reduce their risk of heart disease. All services are free to those who qualify.
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Step 1 - Find out if WISEWOMAN is the right program for you.

The WISEWOMAN program serves women ages 40-64 with no health insurance or limited insurance who are also on a limited income. To participate in WISEWOMAN, you must also enroll in the Women's Wellness Connection (WWC) program.

Learn more about whether you may qualify
 
Step 2 - Find the WISEWOMAN clinic nearest you.

To find the WISEWOMAN clinic nearest you, click on our interactive map or search by county.

 
Step 3 - Schedule your appointment.

Call the WISEWOMAN clinic directly to verify your eligibility and schedule your appointment. There you will meet with a doctor or other health care professional for a health risk assessment and clinical measurements including blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar (A1C or glucose). The WISEWOMAN clinic will discuss your test results with you, arrange for follow-up if needed, and offer you services to help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. 

Learn more about what to expect during your WISEWOMAN appointment

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Why get screened?

Addressing risk factors such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, obesity, inactivity, diabetes and smoking greatly reduces a woman’s risk of cardiovascular disease-related illness and death.
  • Heart disease and stroke combined kill more Coloradans than any other diseases (1).

  • Among Colorado women, 23.5 percent report having been told that they have high blood pressure and 28.2 percent report having been told that they have high cholesterol (2).

  • Colorado women living at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level are almost three times as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes and are more likely to have heart disease risk factors such as being overweight or obese, smoking tobacco, low physical activity levels, low fruit and vegetable intake, and high sugary drink consumption (3). 

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for African-Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, and Caucasians. For Hispanics and Asian-Americans, heart disease is second only to cancer as a cause of death (4).

  • According to the American Heart Association, almost two-thirds of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.

Sources:
  1. National Center for Health Statistics, Stats of the State of Colorado, CDC, 2017.

  2. Colorado Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, CDPHE, 2019.

  3. Colorado Health Data and Statistics, CDPHE, 2020.

  4. Deaths: Leading Causes for 2019, National Vital Statistics Reports, CDC, 2019.

 

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Contact Us

For general questions, contact: cdphe_chronicdiseaseRFA@state.co.us