April 15, 2022
Report examines self-measured blood pressure monitoring
MOBILE, Ala. — A report in the March edition of the American Journal of Hypertension was titled “How do we jump-start self-measured blood pressure monitoring in the United States?” It can be found at this link — https://academic.oup.com/ajh/article/35/3/244/6544848?login=true
The report stated hypertension is highly prevalent in the United States, and many persons with hypertension do not have controlled blood pressure. Self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP), when combined with clinical support, is an evidence-based strategy for lowering blood pressure and improving control in persons with hypertension.
During October 2021, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH) issued a nationwide invitation for public and private sector organizations to become an OWH Self-Measured Blood Pressure (SMBP) Partner. The goal was to create a partner network that empowers women to maintain healthy blood pressure levels through self-monitoring.
Family Health, the primary care division of the Mobile County Health Department, has been selected to be a part of the project. This will expand access to SMBP resources and encourage organizations to address heart health disparities, promote self-measured blood pressure control, and improve health equity on a community level. It represents a step forward in achieving Healthy People 2030’s goals, reducing deaths because of heart disease and stroke.
The OWH website now has both MCHD and Family Health featured on the list of partners. This can be found by visiting https://www.womenshealth.gov/smbppp/partners.
Family Health is currently the only participant in the state of Alabama with its own OWH SMBP Partnership Program.
Since its inception in 1979, Family Health has provided services to the uninsured, underinsured, insured, and medically underserved populations of Mobile County. In addition to the general population, the center has also targeted special populations (such as migrant and seasonal workers, refuges, at-risk students, public housing residents, maternity patients and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Family Health’s dedicated healthcare providers, support staff and administrative staff are committed to providing numerous services via nine health centers across Mobile and Baldwin counties and two Mobile Medical Units. Services provided include the following: primary care, behavioral health, HIV early intervention services, nutrition services, 340B pharmacy, social services, X-ray, dental, lab, interpretation, maternity, and family planning. Call 251-690-8889 for an appointment today.
Now available is smartphone app called “My MCHD Health Check.” This app will serve as a new way for the health department to connect with Mobile County residents and visitors, providing information quickly and efficiently to anyone with a smartphone.
One of the features is a “blood pressure calculator.” Download the app today and keep track of your blood pressure to live a healthier life.
The Mobile County Health Department app is available for download for free in the App Store and Google Play. Search “My MCHD Health Check” or click the following link to download the app — https://apps.myocv.com/share/a65536603