Heart of a Giant
Community Blood Pressure
Screening and Education
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
HYPERTENSION IS A MAJOR HEALTH ISSUE IN THE US
There is a general lack of awareness which is preventing early diagnosis of chronic heart diseases
There is lack of support for chronic heart disease patients and their caregivers and families
Health inequities prevail in terms of access to resources, including health, financial and emotional
The Time to do Something is Now
Worldwide, people suffering from some sort of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) doubled from 271M in 1990 to 523M in 2019, while the number of CVD deaths increased from 12.1M in 1990 to 18.6M in 2019(acc.org)
This project aims to increase high blood pressure awareness in our communities;
This project supports the community outreach and awareness of the Heart Healthy Communities (2HC) Program which aims to empower participants to better manage and prevent hypertension. We are committed to the health and wellness of our communities, and this will be a great way to further our mission.
We collaborate with community leaders and local healthcare providers and centers to support and empower members of our communities with the following and more:
- Blood pressure monitoring and education
- Referral to hypertension treatment programs or cardiology centers (when applicable)
- Risk-factor evaluation and education
Together, we deliver the following outcomes for the program participants.
- Helping people learn about heart disease and conditions, including warning signs
- Improved patient compliance with prescribed therapies
- Improved patient-physician relationship
- Better knowledge of hypertension
- Self-report of improved lifestyle behaviors
This project targets the communities of Boston and surrounding areas. So far, we have plans to serve Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury South Boston, Brookline, Brockton, and Lawrence. And, we are working to add more.
Target Partner Locations
and Community Events
Houses of faith
and Wellness Centers
At least 200 residents of the targeted communities will be educated and screened for hypertension at no cost, starting in January through December 2023.
50 new enrollments to the 2HC Program with 3-6 months of RPM and CCM services, community care visits at home and via telehealth and coaching for healthy changes.
- Attendees can pop by our site and speak to our friendly & knowledgeable team.
- Team members will take their blood pressure (BP) for free, teach them how to monitor their BP at home as well as explain what their readings mean.
- In addition, the team will share educational material and giveaways.
- Readings are recorded and shared with the participant.
- Participants that already have an established medical provider are encouraged to share their readings with their provider at their next appointment.
- Participants who have elevated readings, but have not primanry provider, receive referral resources.
- If a participant has an urgent elevated blood pressure reading, s/he is directed to the ER.
- Each screening station will have a Community Care team on-site, and when needed, volunteers to assist with performing simple tests and providing personalized information and handouts.
- If desired, individuals can share their results with their primary physician for follow-up and guidance in implementing healthier practice.
The BP Screenings will be private, professional, and friendly | No appointments are necessary | Somali, Haitian Creole, Cabo Verdean Creole, Spanish, Vietnamese and English-speaking personnel will be available on site depending on the area’s cultural demographics.
- To measure and assess our screening events, we include a short survey at the time of the screening to collect data.
- We provide a research information sheet to share with individuals.
- The screening project supports our community outreach for recruiting candidates to participate in our 2HC Program