Heart Health Plus aims to prevent heart disease in the communities that need it the most. This program implements evidence-based strategies to affect faith-based organizations, health systems and local communities. The Madison County Health Department recently implemented “Keeping the Pressure Down,” which is a blood pressure self-monitoring course. The participants received one-on-one counseling once a week and worked with nurses to develop a plan for managing their hypertension. Each client received an individualized blood pressure self-management plan. Self-management involves focusing on an individual’s role in managing chronic disease and providing assistance with activities such as patient education, lifestyle modifications and developing the skills needed for effective chronic disease management.
Columbia County started their school-based sealant program in November. Dental hygienist Lisa Swisher provided dental assessments, fluoride varnish, oral hygiene instruction and sealants to 39 2nd and 5th graders. Annually, the mobile dental clinic bus visits all of the elementary schools in Columbia and Hamilton Counties to see children who qualify for diagnostic, preventive, and restorative services.