Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May is APA Heritage Month and High Blood Pressure Education Month

There's a lot to celebrate for the month of May!

First off, it's Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month. AAHI is proud to recognize and celebrate the many achievements of the diverse APA community. We especially want to thank the many APA partners, volunteers, community-based organizations, and faith-based organizations who strive to address the health needs of Asian Americans in Montgomery County. One way you can celebrate is by attending our Empowering Community Health Organizations (ECHO) workshop, Grants 102, on May 30. Please remember to register online by May 18!

May is also High Blood Pressure Education Month and Stroke Awareness Month. Approximately 1 in 3 U.S. adults — an estimated 76 million people — have high blood pressure, also called hypertension. High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke and the most important controllable risk factor for stroke. Coincidentally, AAHI recently decided to provide blood pressure screening in the community during outreach events. On April 30, Rosie Martin, RN, CDE CCM, a nurse diabetes educator with the African American Health Program, conducted a training for the health promoters to learn about high blood pressure and how to provide blood pressure screening in the community. AAHI is excited to provide this important screening in the community in the near future!

04-30-12 HP Training Blood Pressure

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