Now that you have recruited and trained your Volunteer Health Mentor(s), patients and community partners, you’re ready to get started!
Patients can enroll at any time. Once enrolled, they should track their blood pressure at least eight times over the course of four consecutive months. Your Volunteer Health Mentor(s) should connect with each patient in person, by email or phone at least twice a month to help them stay on track.
After four months, the Volunteer Health Mentor will review the blood pressure readings with the patient and discuss possible reasons behind the results. If the patient did not reach his or her goal, the Volunteer Health Mentor and the patient should determine what the next steps are. This may include continuing participation in Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care for a number of additional months and/or providing the patient with additional American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s resources (see below) regarding healthy lifestyle, and seeking continued support from a healthcare provider.
High Blood Pressure Tools & Resources
AHA Diet & Lifestyle Recommendations
Sodium Information & Resources
Sodium & High Blood Pressure
Heart Healthy Recipes
AHA Physical Activity Recommendations