Researchers at the University of Missouri have completed analysis of data from the pilot batey hypertension program. These results are reported in a recently published study in Hispanic Health Care International. The analysis indicates a reduction of median systolic and diastolic blood pressure for program participants.
This pilot hypertension program is a collaboration of Light A Candle Foundation (LAC), Dominican Republic Medical Partnership, and Jonas Philanthropies. The program is conducted in 4 batey communities of southeastern DR. In this program, community members have their blood pressure taken, are weighed and measured. Those with blood pressure of 140/90 or greater are referred to an LAC physician for consultation, education, and treatment per protocol.
Program participants are provided with 95 days of medication and a date to return for the next blood pressure clinic in 3 months. In the follow up clinics, participants bring their medication supply for assessment of medication adherence. Also, participants receive ongoing counseling regarding diet and lifestyle issues to assist in control of their blood pressure.