NYS far behind national heart health benchmark
By Marian Hetherly • Jul 18, 2016
Uncontrolled blood pressure is the number one killer locally, according to Millennium Collaborative Care, a five-year, state-funded effort to prevent and treat the major health problems confronting our region. The effort was made necessary because Western New York has a number of problem areas, including heart health.
WBFO’s Marian Hetherly reports
In 2012, the national Million Hearts campaign established a goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes in five years by controlling blood pressure.
“But what the goal really is to control blood pressure, because blood pressure is one of the key drivers of heart attacks and strokes,” said Priti Bangia, Millennium population health manager. “So bring those with high blood pressure under control and have 70 percent of those with blood pressure controlled across the U.S.”
However, Bangia said, we are far from meeting that 70 percent goal locally. She said only 50 percent of New York’s Medicaid population have their blood pressure under control, so there is a lot of work still to do – even if the goal is eventually met.
“It’s not something that we can say, ‘Oh, we’ve reached our five-year goal. That’s the end, then stop,'” she said. “The goal really is to continue to push for improving our heart health, to continue to recognize that blood pressure is the number one killer, to continue to screen people, so they’re not having heart attacks and strokes in their 40s to 60s.”
Priti Bangia is population health manager for Millennium Collaborative Care, a five-year effort to reduce the region’s major health problems.
Credit Peter Ciotta / Millennium Collaborative Care
Bangia said heart attacks and strokes are largely preventable, by watching what we eat, whether we smoke, whether we exercise and how regularly we see a physician. To help with that, Millennium and the University at Buffalo School of Nursing are holding a health fair that will feature free blood pressure checks on Wednesday from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on the lawn of Hayes Hall on the South Campus.
Meredith Rutherford, Communications Director, Finger Lakes Performing Provider System, Inc. (FLPPS), far left, joins Catherine J. Lewis, Director of Community Based Initiatives, Millennium Collaborative Care, PPS and Rita Hubbard-Robinson, JD, Project Director, Patient Activation Measures and Engagement, Millennium Collaborative Care in the WBTA radio studios.
On Monday, July 11, 2016, Millennium Collaborative Care teamed up with the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System, Inc. (FLPPS) https://flpps.org/ and Lake Plains Community Care Network http://www.lakeplains.org/ to co-host a “Voice of the Consumer” meeting at Lake Plains offices located at 575 East Main Street, Batavia, NY.
A community engagement priority, the meeting strived to ensure the interests of Medicaid consumers are included and understood, while also enabling Genesee county-based Medicaid consumers to:
- Help identify gaps in services.
- Make recommendations to improve patient communications.
- Review patient education materials.
- Provide suggestions to enhance patient understanding of written materials.
Prior to the meeting, representatives from FLPPS and Millennium spoke to WBTA radio Morning Show Host Jerry Warner http://www.wbta1490.com/Home/tabid/149/Default.aspx about ongoing collaboration between FLPPS and MCC; and ongoing Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program improvement efforts.
To listen to the WBTA interview, click here:
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