Since 2000, the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) has directly impacted thousands of Canadians at risk for, or currently living with hypertension. Detection, monitoring and management of hypertension have been the primary foci of CHAP, though programs have expanded to include other chronic diseases and risk factors which impact hypertension, including diabetes, inactivity, substance use and mental health.
CHAP programming offers the following:
- Community settings where participants live, work or congregate.
- Volunteer Health educators.
- Automated blood pressure measurement devices recommended by Hypertension Canada (1).
- Standardized risk assessments for cardiovascular disease and stroke.
- Educational material about lifestyle modification and locally available resources to reduce risk.
- Blood pressure results are shared with the participants’ primary care provider.
CHAP is easy to implement in any community, has been rigorously evaluated and has been shown to add value in terms of the health and well-being of participants and volunteers without additional costs to the health care system (2).
1. Canadian Hypertension Education Program Guidelines for Blood pressure Measurement, Diagnosis, Assessment of Risk,Prevention and Treatment of Hypertension. Hypertension Canada. 2016, Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Vol. 32, pp. 569-588.
2. Economic Appraisal of a Community wide Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP). Goeree, R., von Keyserling, C., Burke, N., He, J. et al. 1, 2013, Value in Health, Vol. 16, pp. 39-45.