Women’s Health Exams
Exams for women include:
- Medical history
- Urine and vaginal infection tests
- Blood pressure checks
- Pelvic exam
- Breast exam
- Pap smear
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings
This program’s goal is to reduce cancer death and illness rates by assuring breast and cervical cancer screenings, diagnostic testing and follow-up are accessible to Tennessee women. The program puts a special emphasis on outreach to women who are ages 50-64, have low incomes and are uninsured or underinsured.
The health department is considered to be a screening provider which provides clinical breast and pelvic examinations and Pap test for eligible women. If an abnormality is noted, the provider refers the patient to a referral provider.
Breast and Cervical Screening (BCS) Program for Women
Provides free mammograms for eligible women
- Patients must be age 35 or older
- 250% below poverty guidelines
- Provides mammograms only
- If eligible the patient will be contacted and made an appointment at a participating facility
- Mammogram recommendations are for “baseline” and yearly screening mammogram to begin at age 40
Women age 35 – 40 should have a screening mammogram when there is a history of personal history of breast cancer risk.
WIC Special Supplemental Nutrition Program
Women, Infant and Children (WIC) is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC is a federally funded program that provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support and education, nutritious foods and health referrals. WIC services are provided without cost.
Who is Eligible for WIC Services?
- Pregnant women
- Postpartum and Breastfeeding Women
- Infants and Children up to the 5th birthday
How Do I Qualify?
- Meet income guidelines
- Live in Tennessee.
- Families who already qualify for Medicaid, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are already income qualified for WIC.
- Others may qualify without receiving benefits. For example, a family of four whose weekly paycheck is $876 (before taxes) or less can qualify for WIC.
Once qualified for the WIC program, persons receive vouchers to spend at the grocery store for nutritious foods. Some of the foods you will receive are milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, juice, whole grain products, beans, peanut butter, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, infant formula, cereal, and certain baby foods are also provided. There is also an enhanced food package for breastfeeding women that include extra milk, dried beans or peanut butter, tuna. Foods bought with WIC vouchers are meant to supplement your food purchases to provide balanced meals for those who receive WIC.