GREENVILLE, SC, November 30, 2023 – The American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, launches a series of community-focused initiatives aimed at addressing and improving blood pressure management within the Upstate. As a part of the Association's ongoing commitment to cardiovascular health, these initiatives are designed to raise awareness, educate and foster healthier lifestyles to reduce the prevalence of high blood pressure in our local community.

That is where efforts like “Screen, Educate and Refer” can help fill that gap by meeting people where they are. Presently, throughout the Upstate, the Association has distributed blood pressure monitors, educational materials and collaborated with the local community organizations, Federally Qualified Health Centers, or community health workers to support patients with self-blood pressure monitoring for blood pressure control.

High blood pressure (HBP) or hypertension is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States and South Carolina. Through these initiatives, the Association aims to empower residents of the Upstate with the knowledge and tools necessary to better understand and manage their blood pressure, ultimately leading to improved heart health. The American Heart Association is committed to tackling this issue head-on through such targeted initiatives that address the unique needs of communities in South Carolina.

“We at the Bridge and on behalf of all community organizations are grateful for the American Heart Association's dedication to our community's health. In addition to the services, we aim to provide our neighbors, the Screen, Educate and Refer blood pressure initiatives provide additional valuable resources and support for our neighbors, empowering us all to take control of our heart health and build a healthier future for all,” said Kimmy LaMee, The Bridge at Green Street, director of compassion ministries.

HBP has long been a significant source of concern for the health of Americans. These initiatives have demonstrated effectiveness in diagnosing and treating HBP, with the potential to save both lives and healthcare spending.

Screen, Educate and Refer resources are available at:

  • Greer Relief & Resource Agency – Greer, SC
  • Laurens County Public Library – Laurens, SC
  • Long Branch Baptist Church ­- Greenville, SC
  • Root Cause – Greenville, SC
  • St. Anothony’s of Padua Catholic Church (January 2024) – Greenville, SC
  • The Bridge at Green Street – Spartanburg, SC
  • YMCA Of Greater Spartanburg – Spartanburg, SC

For more information contact Tedra McGillan at or 704-953-5651.



About the American Heart Association

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