Sep 26, 2022
The American Heart Association and the American Medical Association presented the Target: BP Silver Award to Trillium Health for its commitment to prioritizing blood pressure control
September 26, 2022 (ROCHESTER, NY) — Trillium Health is proud to announce that it has been recognized by the American Heart Association and American Medical Association for its commitment to improving blood pressure (BP) control rates, earning the Silver level recognition as part of the Target: BP™ initiative. This award recognizes practices that have demonstrated a commitment to improving blood pressure control through measurement accuracy.
“We are so honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Sarah Bolduc, Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer at Trillium Health. “Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, and many people don’t even know they have it. Controlling blood pressure is key for cardiovascular health – especially today, when heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of death in Rochester and the Finger Lakes.”
According to the 2020 Monroe County Health Profile by Common Ground health, the four leading causes of death in the region were cancer, heart disease, unintentional injury, and stroke. In addition, 36% of Monroe County residents had physician-diagnosed hypertension.
Hypertension is particularly concerning for certain racial and ethnic groups in Monroe County. According to The Color of Health report: “Compared to White people, Black people in our region face dramatically higher rates of premature mortality from nearly every condition, including heart disease (133% higher), diabetes (146% higher), cancer (35% higher), and premature birth disorders (218% higher).”
“At Trillium Health, we serve many populations at greater risk for poor health outcomes,” said Andrea DeMeo, President and CEO of Trillium Health. “Focusing on blood pressure is part of our commitment to addressing racial disparities and improving health equity in Rochester and the Finger Lakes.”
Target: BP is a national collaboration between the American Heart Association and American Medical Association aimed at reducing the number of adults in the U.S. who suffer from heart attacks and strokes each year by urging physician practices, health systems and patients to prioritize blood pressure control. The initiative aims to help health care organizations to improve blood pressure control rates by using evidence-based protocols.
“By helping more people to control their blood pressure and reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke, Trillium Health is helping more people live longer, healthier lives,” said Dr. Bolduc.
About Trillium Health
Trillium Health is a Community Health Center that provides extraordinary care for all, including LGBTQ+ health, ensuring equitable, judgement-free, and affordable care. We believe that everyone who walks through our doors deserves high quality, affordable healthcare, regardless of income, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or ethnicity. For more information, please visit www.trilliumhealth.org