|ACPM - WISEWOMAN Grant Project|
ACPM has received a grant to collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) to create and deliver new lifestyle medicine education modules for providers in the CDC WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) program. Administered through CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), the WISEWOMAN program provides low-income, under-insured or uninsured women in 19 states and two tribal organizations with chronic disease risk factor screening, lifestyle programs, and referral services to prevent cardiovascular disease.
During the first-year of the project, ACPM researched and developed new lifestyle medicine curriculum modules and educational materials designed specifically for the needs of WISEWOMAN providers, building off the comprehensive curriculum developed by ACPM and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. In year two of the project ACPM is developing a webinar series and resource toolkit that will include practical lifestyle medicine tools and skills providers can implement in their current practice. These newly developed resources will assist providers in prescribing lifestyle modifications for high-risk woman (cardiovascular disease/hypertension) enrolled in their practice.
As a part of the ongoing effort to expand and improve provider education opportunities, ACPM will continuously evaluate the reach and impact of our work to identify gaps in the knowledge base and improve ACPM’s dissemination strategy for WISEWOMAN providers. ACPM will disseminate the new educational modules to WISEWOMAN grantees, providers, and ACPM members through various channels and venues, including direct provider contact in WISEWOMAN grantee states, ACPM’s annual conference, webinars, conference calls, newsletter, website, online educational library, and social media.
CDC's WISEWOMAN Program
The purposes of the WISEWOMAN program are:
The WISEWOMAN program focuses on reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors among high-risk women. Addressing risk factors such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, obesity, inactivity, diabetes, and smoking greatly reduces a woman's risk of CVD-related illness and death.
The NEW WISEWOMAN Lifestyle Medicine Modules
Expert faculty in cardiology, primary care, family and lifestyle medicine developed the evidence and practice-based content of the new WISEWOMAN lifestyle medicine curriculum modules. All content for the modules will be released the Fall of 2016. The specialized elective modules include:
ACPM–CDC WISEWOMAN Advisory Board
The ACPM-CDC Advisory Board is comprised of ACPM members, ACPM staff, CDC Center for Chronic Disease Staff, WISEWOMAN Grantees (State Health Departments), and WISEWOMAN physician providers. Members have practical experience clinically managing cardiovascular disease and associated risk factors among the target population. Members were selected and tasked to provide input, review, and editing during the creation of the WISEWOMAN Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum modules.
The Advisory Board continues to assist with the identification of educational needs, practice gaps and the provision of recommendations in the content development/dissemination of the new educational modules, practice tools and webinars. Advisory Board members include: Dr. Alina Robert, Dr. Jacqueline Coleman, Dr. Kelley Hagerich, Dr. Heather McCormick, Dr. Joseph Bertulfo (CDC), Dr. Derrick Gervin (CDC), Kalynn Filion, and Erica Sandoval.