Health Equity Hypertension Project 2021-22

Reducing hypertension for Black communities in Los Angeles

Why We Are Undertaking this Work

More than 40% of African Americans have high blood pressure, and hypertension rates in the LA Black community are higher than for any other racial/ethnic group. High blood pressure also develops earlier in African Americans and is more severe. Known as the “silent killer,” high blood pressure usually has no symptoms so learning how to recognize and treat hypertension is a critical step in leading a healthy life.

Our Key Objectives

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To reduce high blood pressure as a health disparity among communities of color in Southern California through evidence-based treatment, increased awareness, increased screening, education and social/emotional support. Controlling high blood pressure is an important step in preventing heart attacks, stroke and kidney disease, and in reducing the risk of developing other serious conditions. 

Our Partners

  • American Heart Association
  • California State University Dominquez Hills
  • Community-based organizations
  • Facey Medical Foundation
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Live Chair Health
  • Providence Medical Institute

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