One in three Americans has high blood pressure, a “silent killer” that often has no obvious symptoms. Nevertheless, physical factors and lifestyle choices can aggravate the risk of this condition. Left untreated, high blood pressure is a significant contributor to heart attack, stroke, and other health problems. Fortunately, proper management of blood pressure can increase the likelihood of a long and healthy life.
Dr. Charles Magruder will discuss the use of a team-based approach to achieving better blood pressure outcomes at the community level. He will review the latest blood pressure guidelines and share resources that can help patients and medical professionals collaboratively manage blood pressure. He will also focus on the MAP framework of the American Heart Association and discuss ways to implement self-monitoring of blood pressure in community settings.
Charles Magruder, MD, is currently the Chief Medical Officer for the California Office of the Indian Health Service. He aims to apply the public health lessons he learned in his travels to ensure access to high-quality care and prevention programs, especially for children. He believes that community and organizational partnerships are essential to reaching these goals. His presentation will examine such a partnership with the American Heart Association.
Dr. Magruder has extensive public health experience in a variety of settings. After graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he began a pediatric internship as part of his military residency. He then earned his Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health and went on to complete a residency in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Walter Reed Institute.
Dr. Magruder’s first assignment was at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as the Chief of Preventive Medicine for Womack Army Medical Center and the 82nd Airborne Division. This is where he learned how to jump out of airplanes, and also where he became immersed in the treatment of infectious diseases, traveling to many countries around the world. Although he enjoyed his work in the military, he also wanted public health experiences in non-military settings. His solution was to take a full-time civilian job while staying in the Army Reserve. As a civilian, he initially served as director of a local health department and later worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During these years, he was deployed to Iraq twice, as well as to Africa and Central America, where learned about local cultures and further developed his skills in public health.
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