CHH Adopts Wise Women Heart Health Program

Maria Abreu(Torrington, CT)  – Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is pleased to announce the expansion of its Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to include cardiac and diabetes testing thanks to a grant from the CT Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

CHH has implemented and is now offering WISEWOMAN (Well Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation), a program that focuses on screening lower-income, uninsured, or under-insured women aged 30–64 years for heart disease and stroke risk factors and provides lifestyle counseling and interventions to navigate women to a healthier life.

“The emphasis in healthcare today is prevention” says Project Director Leslie Handelman, R.N. “Heart disease is the number one killer of women and according to the CDC, in spite of increased awareness over the past decade, only 54% of women are aware that the death rate is so high. It makes perfect sense that early intervention with common medical issues such as obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking can save lives.”

The new WISEWOMAN Program will be coordinated by Certified Life Coach Maria Abreuwho will serve as the new program’s Community Health Navigator. Maria holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology Degree from the Universidad National Pedro H. Urena in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Maria will be working with area primary care physicians, medical clinics and community agencies to identify underserved women at risk and will teach nutrition education, physical activity strategies and make referrals to stop-smoking programs.

Through the program, eligible women will be offered free blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes testing at locations in their community. Anyone with abnormal screening tests will be guided to a healthcare provider if they don’t have one.  Maria will be visiting towns throughout Litchfield County to engage women in conversation about barriers to making healthy lifestyle changes and will provide education about ways to overcome those barriers.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to use my coaching skills to help guide women to better health” says Maria.  “Healthy living is something that I feel passionate about and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned as a Health Coach with women in Litchfield County”.

For more information about the program or to see if you qualify call 860-496-6513.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit for information.


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