Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Blood Pressure Plus program enhances the role of the community in chronic disease prevention and management. There is much evidence that controlling disease and cost is greatly improved through the involvement of community leaders and resources. By offering free blood pressure screenings, the BP+ program was able to document the current status of many underserved individuals in the city of Philadelphia, provide the necessary education and referrals. Perhaps more importantly, the program allowed us to foster relationships with individuals who could further the efforts of chronic care management within their communities. More and more we’re seeing that the challenge of care does not begin and end with the hospital/health care system but rather locally, with those who have the respect of their peers and the power to produce change.
Winters, Adam C., "Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Blood Pressure Plus Program at Thomas Jefferson University" (2012). Department of Family & Community Medicine Faculty Papers. Paper 33.