Any organization can choose to participate in Check. Change. Control. This can include fitness centers, long-term care facilities, housing and urban development centers and more.
Before implementing Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care, work with your team to establish goals to ensure that the program is making a measurable impact on your members’ health and to help evaluate the overall success of the program.
Your recruitment goals will depend on several factors including the number of members you have, available resources, and your members’ health.
Recruiting Participants: Recruiting 5% to 10% of your overall members is a good starting point, but you may be more or less aggressive in the number of members you target to better fit your organization’s needs. Anyone can participate, including those who are pre-hypertensive (120-139/80-89 mm Hg), hypertensive (140/90 mm Hg or higher), and those who have normal blood pressure (less than 120/80 mm Hg) and simply want to track their blood pressure over time.
Recruiting Community Partners: The success of Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care depends on engaging community partners. Try to partner with at least one organization that can help your participants reach their goals, such as a healthcare clinic, faith-based organization, fitness center or retail pharmacy.
Recruiting Health Mentors: Engaging at least one Volunteer Health Mentor who can connect with participants in person, by email or phone at least twice a month is ideal. Anyone who is passionate about the program can be a mentor. Mentors support accountability, help participants set goals and remind members to continuously monitor their blood pressure.
Blood Pressure Management Goals
By encouraging participants to measure their blood pressure at least eight times over the course of four consecutive months, taking needed medications as prescribed and making lifestyle changes with support from Volunteer Health Mentors and community partners, your participants should successfully decrease their blood pressure. The AHA’s goal is to have at least 65% of Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care participants control their blood pressure. You can adjust your goal to fit your needs, but aiming for at least 50% of your participants to have their blood pressure below 140/90 mm Hg after four months is ideal.