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Resources for Community Organizations

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Community organizations can encourage members of the community to become heart healthy by utilizing a variety of resources. Many resources are free to the public and can be implemented in settings such as churches and community centers. The utilization of community health workers is an integral part of achieving healthy communities and some of the resources below can contribute to enhancing their skills in heart disease prevention. These programs and tools can be implemented in a multitude of community settings and are recommended to achieve heart healthy communities.

Check.Change.Control 

Developed by the American Heart Association, Check.Change.Control is an evidence-based hypertension management program that utilizes blood pressure self-monitoring to empower participants to take ownership of their cardiovascular health. The program incorporates the concepts of remote monitoring, online tracking and recruitment of local volunteer health mentors to encourage participants. This program can be implemented in a variety of community settings and a new tracker tool has been developed to help participants track their blood pressure readings and connect with a volunteer health mentor to share their progress.

To find out more about this program and how you can implement it in your community please visit:
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/ToolsForYourHeartHealth/Community-Partner-Volunteer-Resources_UCM_445512_Article.jsp#.WFf7n9Lrsy8

100 Congregations for Million Hearts® 

This is a faith-based program developed by the Million Hearts® initiative which is designed to help guide congregation members towards a heart-healthy lifestyle by combatting heart disease and stroke. Congregations will designate one member to serve as a Million Hearts advocate and provide resources for heart health information. Participating congregations are also asked to establish and/or strengthen relationships with local experts and resources, including community pharmacists, community health centers and community health workers as well as share messages about the importance of blood pressure and action steps to achieve it.

To learn more about joining this initiative please visit:
https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/partners-progress/partners/100-congregations.html

Ohio State University Million Hearts Fellowship: Community Ambassador Module 

Ohio State University Million Hearts Fellowship: Community Ambassador Module The Ohio State University’s Colleges of Nursing, Medicine and Pharmacy has constructed a Million Hearts educational module to assist with education and implementation of this initiative. This module targets current community members and educates them about the ABCS (aspirin when appropriate, blood pressure control, cholesterol control and smoking cessation) of the Million Hearts® Initiative as well as other heart health educational tips. This educational module is specifically designed for the lay person with limited training in health care, who would like to improve the health of their community. This course is provided free of charge and can be accessed here:

https://millionhearts.osu.edu/course

Body and Soul Toolkit 

This toolkit developed by the National Cancer Institute is an online toolkit designed to encourage a healthy diet and an active lifestyle among African American churches. It promotes the national recommendations for Americans to eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day for better health. Churches that embrace Body and Soul help their members take care of their bodies as well as their spirits. The toolkit consists of handouts, information and other resources. To access the toolkit and more information please visit:

http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/minority-health/body-and-soul-toolkit/

Community Health Workers and Chronic Conditions Training Program 

Community Health Workers are a great asset to any community and with this training they will be able to offer assistance when it comes to high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma. This online training program discusses the importance of managing high blood pressure and how to help clients do self-measured blood pressure monitoring, as well as referring clients to diabetes prevention and self-management education programs. To learn more about this training please visit:

https://chwtraining.mcdph.org