GDAHC's Hypertension Intervention Project exceeds goal in reducing blood pressure among African Americans in our community
Consumer-based project reduced hypertension by ten percent among the pilot group
Often health disparity projects are directed by health care providers and institutions, educating and engaging consumers about the specific health issue. The Hypertension Intervention Project, launched by the Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) one year ago, took a different approach by focusing on peer-to-peer consumer education to lower blood pressure among African Americans in Wayne County.

Gail Perry Mason on Controling High Blood Pressure
Gail Perry Mason on Controlling
High Blood Pressure

Today, more than 250 African Americans have participated in the GDAHC Hypertension Intervention Project. Hypertension rates decreased by 10 percent among this group, exceeding our goal.

Nearly 40 percent of African American men in Wayne County have hypertension, while even more African American females, 45 percent, are dealing with the disease. Reducing hypertension leads to a two-prong objective: improved quality of life and decreased health care cost.

Keith & Lela Rucker on the Importance of Family Support in Controlling Hypertension
Keith & Lela Rucker on the Importance of
Family Support in Controlling Hypertension

Through our new Macomb County partnership, with support from the Michigan Department of Community Health, GDAHC will expand the Hypertension Intervention Project into Eastpointe, Roseville and Warren beginning this spring.

We encourage you to watch the life-changing stories and peer-to-peer education from African American men and women. They have altered their lifestyle to reduce hypertension and ultimately improve their quality of life.
Friday, June 12
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. 
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Detroit Branch
1600 E. Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48207 
RSVP: 2015 Annual Meeting
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Register today for the Great Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) Annual Board and Membership Meeting. Together, we will chart a course toward healthy people and a healthy economy. Also, join us to network with fellow leaders and innovators -- we are the only organization in southeast Michigan that brings together most of the major health care stakeholders in one place. Members attend free, while future members are $25 per person. A continental breakfast will be served. Our keynote speaker will be announced soon.
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