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Resources for Community Organizations

Contact the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention

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 faith-based organizations and community centers.

Check.Change.Control 

Developed by the American Heart Association, Check.Change.Control is an evidence-based program that utilizes blood pressure self-monitoring and incorporates concepts of remote monitoring, online tracking and recruitment of local volunteer health mentors to encourage participants. Check.Change.Control aims to reduce health disparities caused by hypertension in the American population. This program can be implemented in a variety of community settings and the online tracker tool can help participants track their blood pressure readings and connect with a volunteer health mentor to share their progress.

Ohio State University Million Hearts Educational Modules: Community Ambassador Module 

The Ohio State University’s College of Nursing has constructed the Million Hearts Community Ambassador educational module to assist with education and implementation of the Million Hearts initiative. This educational module is specifically designed for the lay person with limited training in health care. Community members are trained on the completion and interpretation of Million Hearts screenings.

Instructions on how to access the Community Ambassador Module are available on the Ohio State University Million Hearts Educational Modules’ website.    

Body and Soul Toolkit 

This toolkit, developed by the National Cancer Institute, is made available by the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity of the Florida Department of Health as an online toolkit for African American churches with the goal to encourage healthy diets and active lifestyles. Body and Soul is a faith-based project that promotes among African Americans 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 have more information or to access the Body and Soul Toolkit please visit:

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