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WISEWOMAN: Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation

Who We Are: WISEWOMAN provides health screenings and lifestyle education for women to help reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Our Goal: To provide low-income, un- or underinsured 40- to 64-year-old women with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to improve diet, physical activity, and other lifestyle behaviors to prevent, delay and control cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

Funding: The WISEWOMAN program is administered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. South Carolina is one of only 21 WISEWOMAN programs funded by the CDC. See the CDC's WISEWOMAN website.

What We Do:

  • Provide standard preventive services and referral to lifestyle education programs.
  • Provide screenings at no cost to participants who meet the eligibility guidelines. Screenings measure blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, body weight, and waist and hip size. Medical referral and follow-up are provided as appropriate.
  • Provide education to help participants address factors that increase risk for heart attack or stroke, like poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and smoking.

Who Qualifies for Services?

To qualify for WISEWOMAN services, a woman must:

  1. Be 40-64 years old.
  2. Also participate in the Best Chance Network (BCN), Best Chance Network (BCN), S.C. Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (SCBCCEDP).

A woman qualifies for BCN if she:

  • lives in South Carolina
  • does not have health insurance or is underinsured (meaning the insurance only covers hospital care)
  • has a health insurance deductible of $1,000 or more
  • has insurance that does not cover diagnostic services
  • meets income eligibility guidelines

Best Chance Network
Income Eligibility Guidelines for
06/30/16 – 06/29/17

Household Size Size
Annual Income

1

$23,760 or less

2

$32,040 or less

3

$40,320 or less

4

$48,600 or less

5

$56,880 or less

6

$65,160 or less

How We Do This: WISEWOMAN is a network of public and private partnerships that includes healthcare providers, laboratories, and community organizations who assist in referring women to screening sites. 

DHEC oversees WISEWOMAN administration and management, contractual agreements for screening services and lifestyle programs, quality assurance, tracking, surveillance, and program evaluation. The American Cancer Society, South-Atlantic Division, works with DHEC to provide the coordination of WISEWOMAN services with providers, including professional education, and outreach and recruitment of eligible women into the program.

For more information, contact the DHEC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at (803) 898-1615.