Community Health Workers & Hypertension and Heart Health Interventions: A Resource for Program Managers and Administrators
Community Health Workers & Hypertension and Heart Health Interventions: A Resource for Program Managers and Administrators is a resource for Community Health Worker program managers and administrators. It explains how Community Health Worker-led intervention programs can positively impact patients who have hypertension. About 75 million American adults (1 in every 3) have high blood pressure. Although high blood pressure can be easily detected and can be controlled with lifestyle changes and medication, almost a third of individuals with hypertension don’t know they have it, and only about half have it under control. Due to their close understanding of and trust from the communities they serve, CHWs can be particularly strong champions for patients with hypertension and/or at risk of heart disease. This resource includes approaches that have been successful, a list of external resources, and additional information that will be useful to program managers and administrators looking to build on or begin a CHW-led hypertension and heart health intervention program.