Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) received a $50,000 donation from Kaiser Permanente to pilot a Hypertension Management Initiative in Cobb County. The funds will help identify and treat primary hypertension in adult clients who visit the CDPH Marietta clinic for services.
Kaiser Permanente’s support for the initiative will make it possible for CDPH to reduce barriers many clients often face when accessing medical services for hypertension for the first time. The initiative focuses on identifying and treating adult clients who visit CDPH for unrelated issues but discover they are hypertensive. The grant could help CDPH potentially save the lives of clients whose untreated high blood pressure status could lead to complications, including heart attack and stroke, aneurysm, heart failure, metabolic syndrome, and vision loss, among others.
“Hypertension and diabetes – which often lead to other health concerns – are on the rise, especially in the South” said Madelyn R. Adams, Director of Community Benefit for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. “Partnering with our local public health departments, like Cobb & Douglas Public Health, helps us improve access to healthcare for under- and uninsured adult clients who are at risk of developing these preventable chronic diseases. This ensures more residents receive the care they need, and improves health outcomes for entire communities, and we’re committed to being a part of that.”
The grant will last for one year, allowing CDPH to extend hypertension management services to adult health clients who might not even know they are in danger of developing hypertension or diabetes.
For more information about services at Cobb & Douglas Public Health, please visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org, or call 770-514-2300.
About Kaiser Permanente of Georgia
Kaiser Permanente Georgia is the largest not-for-profit health plan in the state. Its mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves.
About Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Cobb & Douglas Public Health, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been committed to the mission of “Healthier Lives. Healthier Community.” since 1920. We are dedicated to improving our residents’ quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and safety, providing exceptional medical services, and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies. For more information, visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.