MILLION HEARTS SYMPOSIUM TAKES AIM AT HYPERTENSION AMONG MARYLANDERS; Registration open through Feb. 14th, 3 p.m.
BALTIMORE, MD (February 11, 2014)—On February 19, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), in partnership with the Delmarva Foundation, will bring together public and private partners to discuss public health solutions to identify and control hypertension at the 2014 Maryland Million Hearts™ Symposium. The free event is being held at the BWI Marriott , 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum. The Symposium is geared toward health and business professionals and community health advocates who are interested in learning more about reducing hypertension in their communities.
Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, two of Maryland’s leading causes of death. Hypertension is often called the ‘silent killer’ since people with hypertension often have no signs or symptoms. An estimated 1.4 million Marylanders have high blood pressure.
"Finding effective ways to reduce hypertension in Marylanders is crucial to reducing the risk for these deadly conditions,” said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary of DHMH.
Million Hearts™ is nationwide Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiative to focus, coordinate, and enhance heart disease prevention activities across public and private sectors. The goal of this unprecedented effort is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over five years. In 2012, Maryland became the first state to sign its own Million Hearts commitment.
The Symposium will feature presentations on:
• Enhancing Community Clinical Linkages for Hypertension Reduction
• Effective Clinical Innovations to Achieve Blood Pressure Control
• Building Community-Clinical Linkages to Reduce Health Disparities
• Worksite Wellness 101
Dr. Sharfstein and Fredia Wadley, MD, MSPHA, CEO of the Delmarva Foundation, will deliver welcoming remarks at the event. Paul Jarris, MD, MBA, executive director of the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), will give the keynote address.