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According to the American Heart Association, one in three adult women has some form of cardiovascular disease. In the United States from 2016-2018, women of all ages died at a rate of 129.5 per 100,000 from all heart diseases, while women in North Carolina died at a rate of 121.5. In 2017, heart disease was the leading cause of death for women in the United States. In 2020, heart disease surpassed cancer to become the leading cause of death in the United States.


The North Carolina Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (NC WISEWOMAN) Project provides cardiovascular disease screening, intervention, counseling and referral services to women eligible for the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (NC BCCCP). NC WISEWOMAN’s mission is to provide low-income, underinsured, or uninsured 40- to 64-year-old women with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to improve their diet, physical activity, and other life habits to prevent, delay, or control cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

Where are local providers located?

NC WISEWOMAN services are offered in conjunction with NC BCCCP services at approximately 31 local health departments and community health centers across the state.

Who is eligible for WISEWOMAN?

Women who are eligible for NC BCCCP services and reside in counties that have a participating NC WISEWOMAN provider are also eligible for NC WISEWOMAN services.

What services are offered?

  • Heart disease risk factor testing
  • Monitoring of
    • Blood pressure
    • Cholesterol
    • Blood sugar
    • Height and weight (BMI)
  • Healthy Behavior Support Services (classes, counseling, activities)
  • Referrals to health care providers and sources of low-cost medications

What are the benefits to WISEWOMAN services?

  • Enrollees with high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high blood sugar will be able to see a doctor.
  • Enrollees will set goals to improve their health, such as eating more fruits and vegetables or walking 30 minutes each day.
  • Enrollees will feel good about taking control of their health!

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