The HealthyWoman Program is a Pennsylvania Department of Health program and is made possible, in part, by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This breast and cervical cancer early detection program provides the following free services to qualified women:
- Clinical breast examination
- Pelvic examination and pap smear
- Education on breast self-exam
- Follow-up diagnostic care for abnormal results
- Participation in the WISEWOMAN program, which provides cardiovascular disease risk factor screenings
A woman can qualify if she is between 40–64 years old, has no insurance or has insurance but difficulty covering the deductible or copay, and has a low to moderate income. Women under 40 may qualify if special criteria are met.
To find out if you qualify for the HealthyWoman Program, call the Reproductive Health Center at (570) 321-3131.
What services does WISEWOMAN provide?
WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) offers free or low-cost health screenings, such as
- Blood pressure testing
- Cholesterol testing
- Glucose (blood sugar) testing for prediabetes and diabetes
WISEWOMAN also provides services to help women improve their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, such as
- Nutrition education
- Physical activity information
- Doctor referrals
- Stop-smoking programs
What makes WISEWOMAN special?
All WISEWOMAN programs screen for heart disease and stroke risk factors, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. WISEWOMAN programs also include other services, such as counseling or classes to show women what they can do to prevent disease and improve their overall health.
WISEWOMAN services teach women how to eat healthy, be more physically active, and quit smoking. Eating nutritious foods and being physically active are two ways to help prevent heart disease.
Why should I join the WISEWOMAN program?
- Heart disease is a major health problem for women.
- Heart disease claims the lives of more women than cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, Alzheimer's disease, accidents, and diabetes combined.
- More women than men will die within one year after a heart attack.
- Heart disease and stroke are really big problems among minority women.
- More women than men die of stroke each year.
- WISEWOMAN offers services to prevent heart disease and other major health problems, including diabetes and weight gain.
Who can join the WISEWOMAN program?
If you can answer yes to all of the following questions, you may be able to join the WISEWOMAN program.
- Are you already participating in the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)?
- Are you either uninsured or underinsured? (Uninsured, you do not have health insurance; Underinsured, you have health insurance, but not enough to cover your needs.)
- Are you eligible for Medicare, but are unable to pay the premium to enroll in Medicare Part B?
To find out if you qualify for the WISEWOMAN Program, call the Reproductive Health Center at (570) 321-3131.