Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Connection -  newsletter March 19, 2013
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Collaborative Initiative Dedicated to Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke

The mission of Clippers n Curls for the Heart is to reduce the incidence of heart attack and stroke in the African American population by addressing the incidence of high blood pressure and hypertension through creative and innovative programing in the venue of barber shops and beauty salons in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.

There are three main goals of Clippers N’ Curls for the Heart:

  1. Screen the blood pressure of African Americans
  2. Educate African Americans about blood pressure, their blood pressure screening results, heart disease, stroke and other risk factors.
  3. Refer African Americans to established organizations and clinics that will continue to monitor and control their blood pressure

Big Lou and his barbers at Haircut City Barber Shop Currently, Clippers N’ Curls for the Heart is being piloted in Minneapolis and St. Paul at participating barber shops, barber schools, and beauty salons. Barbers, beauticians and owners engage in training to learn how to effectively screen blood pressure, educate the individuals and refer their clients during their haircuts. The program is designed to have bi-monthly “Ask the Nurse Sessions” to consistently have additional health professionals at each participating location.

3 Minnesota black nurses in the barber shop

There are blood pressure kiosks or automated blood pressure machines placed in each of the locations for barbers and beauticians to utilize for screening individuals and engaging them in heart health conversations. The Clippers N’ Curls for the Heart project sponsors are The St. Paul Foundation and Associated Bank. The Clippers N’ Curls for the Heart partners include: Q Health Connections (a division of Southside Community Health Services), American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, Minnesota Department of Health, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit, Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, Minnesota Black Nurses Association, and Hue-MAN Partnership Project.

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Collaborative Group Selected for Leadership Program

The Minnesota Diabetes & Heart Health Collaborative (MN-DC) has been selected to participate in the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) program. NLAPH is a national program focused on improving population health by working with multi-sector leadership teams. NLAPH will provide the 2014 teams with training and support at no cost to participants.

The four-person team assembled to undertake this critical issue includes representatives from the Minnesota Department of Health, HealthEast, Stratis Health and UCare. The team is acting on behalf of the MN-DC a partnership of 20 of the state’s leading health organizations working to keep people informed about diabetes and heart health.

The MN-DC’s team will work on an important population health issue, diabetes prevention. At least one in three people in Minnesota has prediabetes, putting them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a costly chronic disease that can lead to heart disease, blindness, amputations, kidney failure and other debilitating conditions if not controlled.

“A growing number of people are learning they have prediabetes,” says team lead, Laurel Reger, a program planner with the Minnesota Dept. of Health. “Most don’t know what to do about it,” she says. “But small steps, such as losing just 7-10 pounds, can make a huge difference in lowering the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. These same changes will also help control high blood pressure and lower the risk for having a heart attack or stroke. Our project will tell people what they need to do to stop diabetes for life.”

Learn more about the Minnesota Diabetes & Heart Health Collaborative and check out our free diabetes and heart health resources. Or contact Laurel Reger or Mary Jo Mehelich.

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CPR in Schools Update

Medtronic has provided a $12,500 grant through the American Heart Association to the Minneapolis School District to equip each high school in the district with a new CPR training kit. The “Hands-Only CPR Training in Schools” kit consists of 10 mini-Annie Plus mannequins, a pump to inflate the mannequins, an instructional DVD, curriculum, sanitary wipes and mesh carrying bag.

Starting in fall 2014, schools will be required to provide 30-minute compression-only CPR training to all students before graduating.

Sudden cardiac arrest strikes about 42 people every hour (about 5,920 children each year) in the United States. EMS responds to nearly 300,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the United States each year but less than one-third of cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR making the national survival rate of SCA only 7 percent. Bystander CPR can double or triple survival from cardiac arrest. Several studies have demonstrated that trainees, including school children, can achieve acceptable levels of skills proficiency in adult CPR with only 30 minutes of compression-only CPR training.

Legislation was passed in Minnesota in 2012 requiring schools to provide a 30-minute compression CPR training to students before graduating, and as a result an estimated 60,000 students in Minnesota will be trained in CPR each year starting in the 2014-2015 school year.

Medtronic's grant to Minneapolis schools helps provide an important tool in training students CPR. Additional resources for schools to provide the CPR training can be found through the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium at the University of Minnesota.

For more information, please contact Justin Bell, Government Relations Director, at the American Heart Association.

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ACT NOW You Can Avoid Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes can cause strokes, amputations and blindness.

Diabetes Alert Day is March 25, 2014

In Minnesota, as many as 1.4 million adults 18 and older may have prediabetes – most do not know it. Having prediabetes means being at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, only about 210,000 Minnesota adults report that they have been told they have prediabetes.

In a National survey, researchers asked people if a healthcare provider had told them they had prediabetes. They then compared those responses to each person’s blood sugar levels. Only about 11% of those with blood sugar levels in the prediabetic range reported their provider told them they had prediabetes.

Diabetes Alert Day is the perfect time to encourage your patients, colleagues, family and friends to check their risk. Visit their website for access to the diabetes risk test and other materials at Diabetes Alert Day.

For those at risk of diabetes, there are lifestyle change programs throughout Minnesota that can help. To learn more, go to the Fight Back! Prevent Diabetes website.

These programs are based on a National Diabetes Prevention Program research study showing that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight — that is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. These lifestyle changes reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with prediabetes.

Start preventing type 2 diabetes today.

Find more information about the impact of diabetes in Minnesota on the MDH Data & Statistics web page.

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Updated Thursday, 20-Mar-2014 11:10:46 CDT