University of Wisconsin–Madison

Spotlight: Reducing Hypertension in Young Adults

Research Dissemination to the Community | Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson, MD, standing in an exam room
Heather Johnson

Goal: Young adults with hypertension are less likely to be diagnosed or treated compared to other age groups. Johnson’s MyHEART (My Hypertension Education And Reaching Target) program is an intervention for young adults to help them live healthier lives, lower their blood pressure and prevent heart disease

ICTR Support: In adddition to receiving a Dissemination Supplement Award and D&I consultations, she collaborated with the CARDS® group from the Wisconsin Network for Research Support and the Health Innovation program, both affiliates of the  Community Academic Partnerships core.

Outcome: A new MyHEART (My Hypertension Education And Reaching Target) website for young adults with hypertension was developed and launched in early 2017. In addition, Johnson is disseminating an online toolkit for use by healthcare providers, community outreach workers/volunteers, and health organizations. The toolkit explains the MyHeart website and provides customizable brochures and social media communication drafts.

Johnson HM, et al. MyHEART: A Non Randomized Feasibility Study of a Young Adult Hypertension Intervention. J Hypertens Manag. 2016;2(2). pii: 016.

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