Initiative #2: Blood Pressure Educator 

Hypertension increases risk for heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death in America.
 
But did you know that high blood pressure is relatively easy to diagnose and inexpensive to treat?
 

High blood pressure (hypertension) is among the most common chronic medical conditions. Hypertension also greatly increases risk of heart disease and stroke. The good news is that high blood pressure is easily detectable, treatable, and reversible!

 

In partnership with the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo School of Nursing (SON), KTA Super Stores, and the East Hawai‘i Independent Physician’s Association, Community First is creating a bridge of awareness through school-aged children.

 

East Hawai‘i 6th graders are taught the importance of managing high blood pressure and taught how to take blood pressure readings by SON students. The 6th graders are then sent home, with a blood pressure monitor, to take readings of family and friends.

 

The benefits to the community are manifold. We are teaching East Hawai‘i youth about the dangers of high blood pressure. A mechanism has been created to identify and possibly intervene on previously undiagnosed hypertension cases. Finally, students are exposed to health care and teaching as exciting and enjoyable career choices. 

 

[1] http://www.apa.org/pi/aids/programs/eol/end-of-life-factsheet.aspx