The African American Health Program (AAHP) has been distinguished as a standout performer in the 2023 Target: BP Recognition Program, an initiative by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA). Our unwavering commitment to helping Black/African American County residents manage and control hypertension and thereby enhancing cardiovascular health within our community has been recognized on a national stage, and it’s all thanks to the collective efforts of our dedicated team and the communities we serve.
AAHP achieved Gold Status for having 70% or more of our adult patient population with their high blood pressure controlled. AAHP achieved Gold Plus status for attesting attesting to four of the six evidence-based BP activities, which include (but are not limited to) ensuring that our BP measurement devices are calibrated and operational and our staff is continuously enhancing their knowledge and skills in accurate BP measurement, and that a robust plan is in place to consistently secure accurate BP measurements.
In 2022, for consideration of this esteemed award, over 1,800 organizations submitted data showing results of their efforts to improve blood pressure control rates. AAHP was one of only four organizations in Maryland to be lauded with this esteemed award. Other Maryland winners included Holy Cross Health Partners (Asbury Methodist Village and Kensington), Holy Cross Mobile Medical Care, and TidalHealth Primary Care (Crisfield, Federalsburg, Ocean Pines, Pocomoke, and Salisbury. AAHP congratulates our fellow award winners.
Our heartfelt thanks to our dedicated team, community members, and the AHA and AMA for recognizing our endeavors. AAHP looks forward to many more years of working together, achieving together, and building a heart-healthy community.