In Ohio, African American men and women have the highest stroke mortality rates of any racial/ethnic group. In response to this statewide health crisis, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), designed a two-part outreach plan aimed to improve cultural sensitivity and communication skills among primary care physicians and a point-of-care patient information package for African-Americans who are at risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
The campaign, branded as “Check It. Change It. Control It. Your Heart Depends on It.” offers and the tools created include a physician guide, patient brochure, helpful tip sheets, and a high-tech app developed for Apple and Android platforms. All materials were developed by Ohio family physicians and are free for physicians and their patients.
- Reduce High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol for Your African-American Patients
- Reduce High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol for Your African-American Male Patients
Patient Education Toolkits
- Family Focused Toolkit: African-American Family Toolkit for High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol
- Male Focused Toolkit: African-American Male Toolkit for High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol
iPhone and Android Hypertension Management App
Check it: Your Blood Pressure
App users can complete their personal profile with descriptive characteristics and walk through a risk assessment that will give a general result for either low risk or potential risk for high blood pressure. The results will allow users to start thinking about their heart health and what they can do to take responsibility for their own improvement. Resources ranging from lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness to cholesterol and smoking cessation are included to give the user a variety of tools to improve their health.
Users can record their blood pressure in an easy-to-use recording function that will then populate a chart to show patterns from day to day. The chart function is a valuable communication tool that can be shared with their family physician. Users can set reminders of when to check their blood pressure at a frequency of their choosing.
As an added feature, the Check it: Your Blood Pressure app for iPhone users was integrated for compatibility with Apple’s HealthKit. Now, users have the ability to access all of their health and fitness related app data in one place – on Apple’s Health app. The Apple Health app gives users an easy-to-read dashboard for their fitness and health data. It shows the heart rate, calories burned, cholesterol, and all kinds of other data. Additionally, a user can share data from a blood pressure app automatically with their family physician, or allow a diet app to read how many calories they have consumed. View the instructions on how to use the upgraded features of the Check it: Your Blood Pressure app.
We encourage all OAFP members to download their version of the app, check it out, and recommend it to those patients that could truly benefit. It’s easy, and it’s free!
If you have any questions about the “Check it. Change it. Control it. Your Heart Depends on It.” campaign, please contact Deputy Executive Vice President Kate Mahler, CAE, or call 800.742.7327.