Health and Safety

Women's Cardiovascular Screening and Risk Reduction Pilot Program

SECTION 23-86-1

§ 23-86-1. Women's cardiovascular screening and risk reduction pilot program.

(a) The department of health (hereinafter, "the department") shall develop a cardiovascular disease screening and lifestyle intervention pilot program at one site in one of Rhode Island's six (6) core cities for low-income, underinsured and uninsured women between forty (40) and sixty-four (64) years of age, inclusive, at risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke, namely Pawtucket, Providence, Woonsocket, Newport, West Warwick or Central Falls.

(b) The department shall develop the program based on the federal WISEWOMEN program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The pilot program shall employ specified measures to gauge the impact and outcome of the program. These measures may include the number of women served, the number who receive lifestyle interventions, the number of follow-up visits per woman, an evaluation of the use of progress markers to reduce risk factors, and a research and evaluation component.

(c) The department shall prepare an annual report and submit it to the legislature by January 31 of each year summarizing the scope and reach of the pilot program. The final report shall include a fiscal analysis and a recommendation outlining the benefits and costs of expanding the pilot program throughout the state after the program has been in existence for three (3) years. The pilot program shall expire July 1, 2014.

(d) Implementation of the Women's Cardiovascular screening and risk reduction pilot program shall be subject to appropriation.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2011, ch. 206, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 232, § 1.)