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Starting in the fall of 2015, ACPM received funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) for a 3-year project to research and develop new lifestyle medicine curriculum courses and educational materials designed specifically for the needs of providers in the Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) program.

Education Modules

During the first two years of the project, ACPM researched and developed four (4) lifestyle medicine courses on improving CVD outcomes in women designed specifically for the needs of WISEWOMAN providers. Expert faculty in cardiology, primary care, family and lifestyle medicine developed the evidence and practice-based content for the following modules available for CME/MOC credit through the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program.

Modules: Improving CVD Outscomes in Women
  • The 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. (1.5 CME/MOC)
  • 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. (1.5 CME/MOC)
  • 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. (1.0 CME/MOC)
  • Case Studies in Lifestyle Medicine and Cardiovascular Health – Case studies of patients who represent typical populations that WISEWOMAN targets. (2.0 CME/MOC)

ACPM provides WISEWOMAN PROVIDERS with free access to the full Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program including the WISEWOMAN elective courses. Please contact Shannon Haworth ( for information on accessing the courses. 

Demonstration Project

In the third year of the project, ACPM provided demonstration project grants to two (2) provider groups in the amount of $15,000 to implement and/or strengthen strategies to increase hypertension awareness, screening, and referral to evidence-based programs such as the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Management (BPSM) program. During the 4-month demonstration project period, the selected provider groups successfully developed tools and resources including, but not limited to, case studies, physician education materials, provider workflows and methods to increase the promotion and dissemination of CDC, DHDSP, and other existing online resources.

Webinar Series

ACPM also developed a three (3) part webinar series promoting practical lifestyle medicine approaches that providers can implement in their current practices. These resources assist providers in prescribing lifestyle modifications in their practice for women who are at high-risk for hypertension and CVD.

Systems Improvement
August 30, 2017

Participants will increase understanding of ways to improve patient workflow and identify best practices associated with quality improvement activities.

Care Coordination
June 19, 2017

Participants will understand the patient navigation process and  be able to describe examples of team based care approaches.

Women-Centered Care
April 25, 2017

Participants will understand counseling for success, be able to utilize health assessments to identify social determinants/barriers within their clinic setting and gain knowledge related to self-advocacy/women as caregivers who need care.

About CDC's WISEWOMAN Program

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.


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