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Nearly 70 Organizations Across The Country Celebrate National Day Of Action: Roll Up Your Sleeves! For Blood Pressure
Today, the American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF) announced that nearly 70 organizations will participate in the inauguralMeasure Up/Pressure Down® National Day of Action: Roll Up Your Sleeves! event on May 15, 2014.
Medical groups, health systems, sponsors, and partners across the nation will take at least one “action” in their local community to raise awareness of high blood pressure to patients, providers, employees, or the general public.
Planned activities include free community screenings and counseling, media outreach, patient educational resources, employee brown bag lunches, giveaways, social media campaigns, and more. A complete list of activities is available here.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of our nation's most significant health issues. An estimated one in three (68 million) Americans have the disease, often referred to as the silent killer. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, and other serious health problems.
“We are extremely proud of our American Medical Group Association members and supporting organizations for their commitment to blood pressure control on the National Day of Action and throughout the entire year,” said Donald W. Fisher, PhD, CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). “These groups and nearly 150 fellow AMGA members are working daily to improve high blood pressure rates and ultimately patient health, in conjunction with our Measure Up/Pressure Down® campaign.”
The Measure Up/Pressure Down® National Day of Action: Roll Up Your Sleeves! is held in conjunction with National High Blood Pressure Education Month, recognized annually in May.
Led by the American Medical Group Foundation, Measure Up/Pressure Down® is a three-year campaign to improve high blood pressure prevention, detection, and control. The campaign mobilizes nearly 150 medical groups and health systems to achieve the goal of having 80 percent of their patients with high blood pressure under control by 2016. To achieve this goal, health systems adopt one or more evidence-based care processes that lead to measureable improvements in outcomes. Collectively, participating groups and systems deliver care to more than 42 million patients.
The campaign also brings together national partners and sponsor organizations to work collectively to provide patients and communities information and tools that facilitate lifestyle changes, medication adherence, and other keys to successful blood pressure control. Partners include the American Heart Association, American Kidney Fund, American Society of Hypertension, American Stroke Association, Association of Black Cardiologists, Institute for Health and Productivity Management, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Men’s Health Network, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Million Hearts® initiative, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, Right Care, and WomenHeart. Campaign sponsors that are committed to helping resolve this public health challenge include: Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Withings, Baptist Medical Group, Aetna, Humedica, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Epic, and Ralphs.
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