wisewoman logo Program Overview

WISEWOMAN provides opportunities and programming that empower Michigan women to make healthy lifestyle choices.

To be in WISEWOMAN, a woman must first receive cancer prevention screening or patient navigation services from the Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program* (BCCCNP).


The local WISEWOMAN Agency team is made up of the Clinical Staff and a Health Coach.

The Clinical Staff responsibilities include:

  1. Asking the health intake questions (health intake questions ask the participant about her personal medical history and what she does to be healthy)

  2. Doing the clinical screening for each participant

    • Measure the participant’s height and weight to calculate her body mass index (BMI)

    • Take her blood pressure

    • Find out her total cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and glucose

The clinical staff will refer the participant for medical evaluation if she needs it, based on her clinical screening results.


The Health Coach responsibilities include:

  1. Taking the information from the health intake questions and the clinical screening and talking to the woman about her risk factors (This is called Risk Reduction Counseling)

  2. Finding out if the woman is ready to make a healthy lifestyle change that can help lower her risk factors (This is called a Readiness to Change Assessment)


For the woman who is ready to make a change, the Health Coach will work with her to choose a small step that will lead to better health. The best way to be successful is to take small manageable steps.

Women ready to change can also receive:

  • One-on-one health coaching from a WISEWOMAN Health Coach

  • Free membership to a weight loss program or a diabetes prevention program

  • Free gardening supplies and education through the WISEWOMAN Entrepreneurial Gardening program

  • Referrals to programs in the community to help her make healthy lifestyle behavior changes


Program Focus Areas

The Michigan WISEWOMAN program has three main focus areas related to participants.

  • Identify and communicate risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. The woman is better able to decide where she wants to take small steps if she understands her risk factors.
  • Encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Health Coaches work with each woman to make lifestyle behavior changes that will help with the risk factors and symptoms she has now. Making healthy choices may also keep her from developing any new risk factors.
  • Address Health Equity and Social Justice in the community
    • Local WISEWOMAN agencies address Health Equity by identifying underserved groups in their service areas and getting them into WISEWOMAN.
      The underserved groups may include:
      • Women with disabilities
      • Women who do not speak English
      • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) women,
      • Racial or ethnic minority women
      • Women whose citizenship or immigration status is not settled
    • Once in the program, many women find it difficult to think about making healthy lifestyle choices when they are having trouble paying rent, utilities, or buying food for their families. These are Social Justice issues. Michigan WISEWOMAN addresses these issues through special projects that provide participants with opportunities to earn extra money while learning marketable skills.


The WISEWOMAN Program is currently offered by the following agencies:

  • ACCESS Community Health & Research Center - Wayne County - 313-216-2200
  • Catherine's Health Center - Kent County - 616-336-8800
  • Corktown Health Center – Wayne County - 313-832-3300
  • District Health Department #10 - Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Newaygo, Oceana, and Wexford Counties - 231-845-7381
  • Genesee Health Plan – Genesee County - 810-232-7740
  • Health Department of Northwest Michigan - Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Otsego, Benzie, and Leelanau Counties - 800-432-4121
  • Ingham County Health Department - Ingham County - 517-887-4364
  • Lenawee County Health Department – Lenawee County - 517-264-5235
  • Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties - 906-786-4111
  • Saginaw/Bay Health Plans - Saginaw County - 989-341-3900  Bay County - 989-895-4008


For more information about the WISEWOMAN Program, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/wisewoman/index.htm or call 517-335-1178.


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