During a Blood Pressure Screening event at one of the local markets, one of MHA’s Community Health
Workers (CHW) screened a 43-year-old man for hypertension. Before sitting down to have his numbers
read he explained that his blood pressure was going to be high. He was right. His numbers indicated he
was at Stage 1 Hypertension. The client explained that he intended to see a cardiologist but had not yet
made the appointment. When our CHW suggested that he see his primary care provider, the client
explained that his doctor was located in Southern California… 489 mile away. After a second reading
displayed similar numbers, MHA’s CHW encouraged the gentleman to establish primary care locally so
that he could be screened by a doctor sooner. The man took the advice. A couple months later he ran
into our CHW and said, “I am now on medication for my high blood pressure and I am feeling so much
better.”

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