ACPM - WISEWOMAN Grant Project
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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.



The purposes of the WISEWOMAN program are:

  • Assuring that cardiovascular screening is provided to women ages 40-64 who are participants in the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP);
  • Working with and providing referral to community-based organizations who provide evidence-based prevention services
  • Improving the management and control of hypertension by integrating innovative health system-based approaches and strengthening community-clinical linkages (such as team-based care and pharmacy medication management programs); and
  • Gathering and reporting program related evaluation data, including impact measures.

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:

  • Module 1: Review of the latest studies on how lifestyle change can improve hypertension and CVD outcomes. This module will address the balance of lifestyle change and medication management in higher risk patients. (1-1.5 CME/MOC)
  • Module 2: Practical tips for implementing the lessons learned from these studies. Special considerations with regard to diet, physical activity, stress management, and sleep (e.g. salt and hypertension) for these conditions. (1-1.5 CME/MOC)
  • Module 3: Managing patients with cardiovascular disease on the spectrum of socioeconomic status, ethnicity/culture, readiness to change, and severity/complexity of common comorbid conditions (such as depression). Include implementing WISEWOMAN resources as part of patient management. (1-1.5 CME/MOC)
  • Module 4: Case studies of patients who represent typical populations that WISEWOMAN targets (2.0 CME/MOC)



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.

Webinars and Events

Women – Centered Care
April 25, 2017, 4:00-5:30pm EDT

The webinar will focus on collaborations, methods and tools that clinicians may utilize to provide tailored support for cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment for low-income, underinsured or underinsured women ages 40-64.

During the webinar you will interact and learn from speakers and colleagues as we focus on:

  • Counseling for success (motivational interviewing)
  • Health equity and use of health assessments to identify social determinants/barriers
  • Self-advocacy/women as caregivers who need care
  • Women's population health - CVD prevention and management

The session will build upon WISEWOMAN trainings but attendance at prior training is not required. Attendees are eligible to receive 1.5 CME credits.


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