The High Blood Pressure Collaborative engages more than 200 volunteers from over 70 organizations across Monroe County.
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.
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. In partnership with the Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition, the team supports health ministries in more than 20 congregations.
Since the launch of the campaign in 2010, hypertension control for adults in Monroe County has improved 9.3 percent. The results are tracked through the nation’s first community-wide high blood pressure registry based on de-identified clinical data from our two major hospital systems as well as independent practices. In 2014, the innovative data initiative was expanded to eight additional Finger Lakes counties. As of December 2016, the registry contained the electronic data of more than 60 percent of individual in our nine-county Finger Lakes region estimated to have high blood pressure.
Nationally recognized success
From 2015 to 2017, the High Blood Pressure Collaborative was recognized with awards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Business Group on Health, the Healthcare Association of New York State and the American Hospital Association and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. In the fall of 2015, Janet Wright, the executive director of the national Million Hearts initiative, traveled to Rochester to help celebrate Monroe County’s five-year improvement in high blood pressure control, an announcement that prompted the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper to call out our blood pressure work as an area in which Rochester is a “public health leader.”
The Collaborative is part of the broader work of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce's health care planning team. For more than a decade, 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 Common Ground Health.
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, Common Ground Health, 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.
March 28, 2018
An experience in Debbie Wise's salon motivated her to learn how to monitor blood pressure. She is one of nine salon and barber shop owners who are community health educators in Rochester.
November 21, 2017
Over the past five years, the percentage of adults in the Finger Lakes region who have their high blood pressure under control has increased 4.5 percent.
September 20, 2017
During the Sept. 18 Hair and Health Symposium, barbers and stylists who serve as community health educators shared with more than 125 of their peers how they offer blood pressure, HIV and Hepatitis C screenings at their salons and barbershops.
September 06, 2017
The second Hair and Health Symposium provides an opportunity to learn about how your health can affect your hair and the important role that barbers and stylist play promoting health. The Sept. 18, 2017 event includes a hair show celebrating Rochester’s latest braidings, weavings, buzz cuts and natural styles.
September 06, 2017
The Health is a Spiritual Matter Conference brings together dynamic speakers and a panel of experts for a day of workshops and worship on Oct. 7, 2017. The conference includes separate workshops for men, women and parents and provides a special open discussion for young adults called #SpirituallyFit.
July 26, 2017
A collaborative campaign in Rochester, New York, shows how one community was able to recruit not one, but seven colleges and universities to commit publicly to restricting smoking on their campuses.
July 01, 2017
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.
October 20, 2016
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 05, 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.
August 19, 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 11, 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 21, 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 14, 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.