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HHS report highlights program to prevent heart disease

July 15, 2009

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today called a federally funded program to prevent heart disease and stroke in low-income women "a great example of a community-based prevention program that can help keep Americans healthy and out of the hospital." The program, Nebraska WISEWOMAN, was featured today in the second in a series of HHS reports on model health reform initiatives. Started in Nebraska in 2000 and replicated in 21 sites across the country, the program partners with health care providers to screen and refer low-income women at-risk of heart attack or stroke to experts for additional counseling and care. The sites include hospital-based programs in Connecticut, Illinois and Minnesota. The program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.