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Program Overview

The WISEWOMAN Program helps participants understand their cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and make healthy lifestyle choices.

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.

For more information about the WISEWOMAN Program, please call 844-446-8727.