Can any company or organization participate in Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care?
Yes, any company or organization can participate! One in three Americans has high blood pressure, which can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney damage and more, yet many Americans do not think of high blood pressure as a major health concern. In order to help Americans check, change and control their blood pressure, we need your help. Fitness centers, churches, worksites, clinics, long-term care facilities and more can use the Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care. program to help participants take control of their blood pressure.
No – you can adapt your Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care. program to fit the needs and resources of your organization.
We encourage you to enroll as many participants as your company or organization can recruit and mentor. However, there are no requirements or standards that you need to meet.
Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care. is based on the positive results of Check It, Change It*, a program launched in Durham County, N.C. to help people in a targeted community (about 74% African-American) maintain healthy blood pressure. The program used a combination of Heart360®, with access to remote monitoring, health mentoring and guidance from physician assistants as needed. After 6 months, the mean overall systolic BP declined 4.7 mm Hg. Rates of achieving target BP control (<140/90) increased overall from 51% at baseline to 63% by 6 months, and 69% had either reached their BP target or had reduced their baseline systolic BP by 10 mm Hg or more. This demonstrated that a multicomponent-tiered hypertension program was associated with improved BP control in a diverse community-based population.
* Check It, Change It was developed through a collaboration of the American Heart Association and Durham Health Innovations. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) provided the full funding for this initiative and is recognized for their participation and support.
Find resources about blood pressure measurement, readings, treatment and more at heart.org/hbp.