Overview and Inventory of HHS Efforts to Assist Incarcerated and Reentering Individuals and their Families . Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) (FY 10-11)


Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement

Total Available Funding: $16.1 million for year 3

Number of Awards: Currently 1 state uses WiseWoman funds to target incarcerated women. In total WiseWoman funds 21 programs (19 states and 2 tribal organizations)

Average Award Amount per Year: $800,000

Length of Project Period: 5 years. Currently in the 3rd year of funding

Federal Partners: None

Summary: WISEWOMAN provides heart disease screening and intervention services for low-income woman who participate in the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) a cancer screening program for underinsured and uninsured women. The South Dakota Department of Health is a WISEWOMAN grantee who provides screening to women at the Women’s Prison in Pierre, South Dakota. The SDDH WISEWOMAN program trains interventionist to provide heart disease risk factor screenings and lifestyle interventions to incarcerated women. The prison setting offers an opportunity to initiate a heart disease risk factor screening and intervention program in an environment conducive to high levels of participation. Implementation of health promotion programs in this setting is essential because female inmates have limited access to health care. The SDDH WISEWOMAN program has adapted screening and healthy lifestyle programs to meet the needs of women’s prison population. Currently $73,000 of the $620,000 awarded to South Dakota in 2009-2010 is being used to provide WISEWOMAN Services targeting approximately 263 incarcerated women.

Background: CDC’s WISEWOMAN program provides funding for grantees to provide cardiovascular disease risk factor screenings, healthy lifestyle programs, and health care referral services to uninsured and underinsured women aged 40 - 64 years. To be eligible, participants must first be enrolled in CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. CDC currently funds 21 WISEWOMAN programs, operating in 19 states and two tribal organizations. Since June 2008, WISEWOMAN programs have provided these critical screening and lifestyle services to more than 54,000 women.

Local programs provide preventive health services that include testing for high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes. Program participants, upon their release, receive referrals to local health care providers as needed. CDC WISEWOMAN programs partner with community-based organizations to help expand the reach of their services and coordinate patient health care referrals.

Grantees: 19 states and two tribal organizations.

Evaluation Activities:  South Dakota WISEWOMAN Program completed an evaluation in August, 2010 of the Women’s Prison program. In addition, South Dakota is participating in a two year CDC Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention evaluation of funded programs.

Future Prospects:  Funding cycle is five years under FOA (DP08-804). Future plans are to introduce a new FOA in year 5.


Lois P. Voelker
Public Health Advisor
Phone: 770.488.8256
Email: Lois.Voelker@cdc.hhs.gov

Patty Lihs
South Dakota Department of Health
WISEWOMAN Program Manager
Email: Patty.Lhis@state.sd.us

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