Show Me Healthy Women/Wise Women

The Show Me Healthy Women (SMHW) is a statewide program funded by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which provides free breast and cervical screening, re-screens, diagnostics for uninsured or low-income women ages 35 and older. These services are available to women who meet specific age, income and insurance guidelines.  Women with Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Point Of Service (POS) or Medicare Part B are not eligible for SMHW and WISEWOMEN services. Free transportation is available for SMHW clients through OATS Transportation.

The WISEWOMAN (WW) program is an extension of the SMHW program and focuses on Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) risk factor reduction.  Clients work with lifestyle counselors to determine their lifestyle behavior patterns focusing on changes with nutrition, physical activity, and smoking behaviors.  WISEWOMAN serves women ages 35-64 receiving services through Show Me Healthy Women.

Jackson County Health Department 816-404-6985
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services 573-522-2845



Services Provided Through SMHW and WW:

  • Breast and cervical cancer screening exams (mammograms, pelvic exams, Pap smears and clinical breast exams)
  • Cardiovascular screening exams (body mass index, blood pressure, total cholesterol, blood glucose)
  • Diagnostic and treatment services are available to most women who are found to have a cancerous or pre-cancerous abnormality through breast and cervical cancer screening
  • Follow-up for all clients
  • SMHW diagnosed with breast and/or cervical cancer or cervical pre-cancerous conditions are eligible for MO HealthNet Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment (BCCT.) Women enrolled in BCCT must be a legal Missouri resident under 65 and have a screening and/or diagnostic test paid by SMHW
  • Intervention/Education coordination for group or individual sessions focusing on changing behaviors in reducing cardiac risk factors such as referrals for smoking cessation, increase physical activity, decrease fat intake, increase fruit and vegetable consumption



Jackson County Health Department
313 S. Liberty Street
Independence, MO 64050