Join us for the next webinar in the Native-Controlling Hypertension And Risk Through Technology (Native-CHART) Series Engaging Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders and Activating Communities to Take Steps (ENACTS) with Dr. Ka’imi Sinclair.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the most important risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Compared to Whites, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) are 3 to 4 times more likely to develop these conditions. While medication can help control blood pressure, it is often not enough. Eating foods low in sodium/salt and high in potassium can help lower blood pressure. The goal of the Engaging Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders and Activating Communities to Take Steps (ENACTS) study is to teach NHPIs how to better manage their blood pressure by choosing and eating foods lower in sodium/salt and higher in potassium.
Dr. Ka`imi Sinclair will discuss the ENACTS study, including how its educational curriculum was developed and how participants were recruited.
Our upcoming webinar will provide a brief sociohistorical overview of Native Hawaiians and detail their social and cultural determinants of health. Dr. Kaholokula will review several empirical studies that elucidate the adverse effects of racism on hypertension risk and other related conditions, including psychophysiological processes. He will discuss the pathways by which racism leads to the development of chronic diseases
among Native Hawaiians and present preliminary findings on an intervention that is culturally grounded in hula, the traditional dance of Hawaiʻi, to improve hypertension management. Dr. Kaholokula’s presentation will illustrate the importance of culturally grounded interventions for improving clinical and sociocultural outcomes among Indigenous peoples.
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.