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ACPM partners 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 and to increase physician screening, testing and referral of patients with hypertension to evidence based programs . 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 two years 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 we enter our third year of work we are working with provider groups to develop and evaluate referral models to to increase the number of physician / clinicians who are screening, testing, and referring patients with hypertension to evidence based programs.

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.


Webinar Series Recordings

Lifestyle Medicine Elective / 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 I: Evidence for Lifestyle Medicine – 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 II: The Practice of Lifestyle Medicine – 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 III: Practice Implementation Strategies for Lifestyle Medicine and Cardiovascular Health –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 IV: Case Studies in Lifestyle Medicine and Cardiovascular Health – Case studies of patients who represent typical populations that WISEWOMAN targets (2.0 CME/MOC)

For instructions on how to access the WISEWOMAN modules please email Shannon Haworth at shaworth@acpm.org 


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