The High Blood Pressure Collaborative supports initiatives in both clinical and community settings, engaging more than 200 volunteers from over 70 organizations.
Blood Pressure Advocates
Building on the internationally successful community health workers model, the team supports Blood Pressure Advocates, health coaches who work one-on-one with patients through the University of Rochster's Center for Community Health. For medical practitioners, the collaborative employs specially trained physicians to share evidence-based approaches for treating high blood pressure.
A registered dietitian assists with the development of healthy workplace programming and the team offeres a Worksite Wellness Checkup, an online self-assessment that helps businesses identify ways to support employee wellness.
Neighborhoods and congregations
More than 25 barbers and hair stylists have been trained to take blood pressures and to encourage clients to see their doctors if the readings are high. The colllaborative's registered nurse also coaches laypeople to serve as health educators to their congregations and organizes conferences, like the 2015 Men's Health Conference. In partnership with the Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition, the team supports health ministries in more than 20 congregations.
Over the five years of the campaign, hypertention control for adults in Monroe County has improved 13.7 percent -- an increase of more than 8 percentage points. The results are tracked through the nation’s first community-wide high blood pressure registry based on de-identified clinical data from competing hospital systems as well as independent practices. As of June 2015, the registry contained the electronic data of 121,337 Monroe County patients, 69 percent of adults estimated to have high blood pressure. In 2014, the innovative data initiative was expanded to eight additional Finger Lakes counties.
The High Blood Pressure Collaborative is part of the broader work of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce's health care planning team. Each week for the past 10 years, the team has brought together health experts, business leaders and community partners to find effective ways of improving health in the region. The group’s high blood pressure initiatives are managed through a partnership between the Rochester Chamber and Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.
The team’s Leadership Roundtable includes the chief executive officers of the region’s largest employers, hospitals and health insurance companies. Current members are Eastman Kodak, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, Jasco Tools, LiDestri Food and Beverage, MVP Health Care, Paychex, Rochester Business Alliance, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester Regional Health, University of Rochester Medical Center, Wegmans and Xerox.
January 10, 2017
Practices have partnered with a high blood pressure consultant over the past five years as part of an innovative clinical intervention aimed at improving hypertension control in Monroe County.
October 20, 2016
The 2016 Urban Wellness Summit brought together more than 100 people Sept. 29 at the Maplewood YMCA to offer inspiration to neighborhood wellness activists and promote healthier communities by sharing information about available programs.
August 19, 2016
More than 30 health champions are sharing their medication reminders in full-color posters made exclusively for their congregations or workplaces. The customized posters are part of a public health campaign to encourage community members to develop strategies for taking medication.
September 21, 2016
Rochester’s Urban Wellness Summit brings together a national wellness speaker and presenters from two neighborhood health programs for two hours of inspiration and networking.
August 19, 2016
The High Blood Pressure Collaborative is the winner of the 2016 innovation award from the national Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for boosting economic competitiveness by investing in health and wellness.
July 22, 2016
The High Blood Pressure Collaborative, a partnership of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and FLHSA, is one of four finalists for a national innovation award.
July 07, 2016
Strong Memorial, Highland, Rochester General and Unity hospitals were honored with HANYS’ Community Health Improvement Award for their support of the High Blood Pressure Collaborative.
June 15, 2016
Building on the success of their 2015 men’s health conference, this year’s Interdenominational Health Ministry Conference focused on health as a spiritual matter and the connection among mind, body and spirit. The conference is part of IHMC’s ongoing work to encourage local health ministries and was sponsored in part by a grant from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and was supported by Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.
May 12, 2016
A High Blood Pressure Collaborative primary care practice was honored nationally for helping its patients achieve hypertension control. Rochester Regional Health’s Unity Family Medicine at St. Bernard’s was named a 2015 Hypertension Control Champion by the national Million Hearts initiative.
March 18, 2016
Rochester's High Blood Pressure Collaborative was honored by the National Business Group on Health March 3 for its pioneering approach to reducing health disparities.
March 03, 2016
What’s your reminder for taking medication? That’s the question posed by a new public health campaign aimed at helping people get dangerous high blood pressure under control.
January 04, 2016
Over the past five years, hypertension control for adults in Monroe County has improved 13.7 percent — an increase of more than 8 percentage points, according to clinical data collected by the High Blood Pressure Collaborative.
October 30, 2015
Kiosks that provide accurate and fast blood pressure checks are located throughout Monroe and surrounding counties. This Google map shows the name and location of more than 100 free blood pressure kiosks.
July 19, 2016
The American Hospital Association honored Rochester’s Blood Pressure Advocate Program with its NOVA Award for improving community health during its leadership summit in San Francisco.
January 04, 2016
Rochester’s inaugural Urban Wellness Summit Sept. 24 featured an international speaker, community leaders and neighborhood successs stories.