Community-based approaches to prevention and management of hypertension and cardiovascular disease

The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, 04/27/2012

Overall, the evidence–based Logic Model should enhance planning, implementation, and dissemination.

  • Community hypertension (HTN) outreach seeks to improve public health by identifying HTN and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risks.
  • In the 1980s, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) funded multiple positive community studies.
  • Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program addresses CVD risks.
  • In 1978, in Baltimore, MD, the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), organized barbershops and churches as HTN control centers, as in New Orleans, LA, since 1993, the Healthy Heart Community Prevention Project (HHCPP).
  • Also, the NHLBI Community Health Workers and Promotores de Salud are beneficial.
  • The American Society of Hypertension (ASH) Hypertension Community Outreach program provides free HTN and CVD screenings, digital BP monitors, multilingual and literacy–appropriate information, and videos.
  • Contemporary major federal programs, such as the Million Hearts Initiative, are ongoing.

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