During the week of May 18-22, community health centers throughout the state will be offering free blood pressure testing and stroke education in recognition of American Stroke Month and High Blood Pressure Education Month.  This initiative on behalf of the Department of Health and Hospitals, in partnership with the Louisiana Primary Care Association, is an effort to educate Louisiana residents about the importance of controlling blood pressure and associated risk factors for stroke.

 Matthew Valliere, director of the LDH Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Unit, says high blood pressure is a major contributor of stroke. “Monitoring and controlling blood pressure can make a significant impact in our well being. If we are to be good stewards of our health, we must learn to know and monitor all our ‘numbers,’ including blood pressure readings, weight, Body Mass Index, cholesterol, and glucose. Knowing these numbers can help reduce the risk of chronic disease and lower health care costs.”

 Nurses will be on hand to explain what blood pressure is and how it works, why high blood pressure can lead to risk of stroke, and how to lower and control blood pressure.  Information will also be available on stroke, the leading cause of death in Louisiana.

 Representatives from the Louisiana Medicaid Program will also be available to provide information on Medicaid and assist with applications.

 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, obesity and family history contribute to or increase the risk of stroke.  Women and African-Americans face an increased risk of stroke.  Furthermore, 25 percent of strokes occur in people under the age of 65, according to the American Stroke Association.

 A list of participating health centers by region is included at the end of this release.

 The Louisiana Department of Health strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about LDH, visit http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov.

 

 NEW ORLEANS AREA

 EXCELth Primary Health Care Network

Ida Hymel Clinic

111 Newton Ave.

New Orleans, La.

 

EXCELth Mobile Unit

Parked at Just the Right Attitude Food Bank

13150 I-10 Service Rd.

New Orleans, La.

Monday, May 18, 2009 ONLY

 

EXCELth Mobile Unit

Parked at Desire St. Ministries

3512 Louisa St.

New Orleans, La.

Thursday, May 21, 2009 ONLY

 

BATON ROUGE AREA

 Baton Rouge Primary Care Collaborative

1414 Fairchild St.

Baton Rouge, La.

 Innis Community Health Center

6450 Hwy 1, Suite B

Innis, La.

 Livonia Community Health Center

3041 Fordoche Rd.

Livonia, La.


 HOUMA/THIBODAUX AREA

 Teche Action Clinic at Edgard

159 E. Third St.

Edgard, La.

 Teche Action Clinic

1115 Weber St.

Franklin, La.

 Teche Action Clinic at Dulac

189 Mozart Dr.

Houma, La.

 Teche Action Clinic at Houma

809 West Tunnel Blvd.

Houma, La.


LAFAYETTE AREA

 SWLA Center for Health Services

716 Hellen St.

Lafayette, La.

 Southwest LA Primary Health Care, Inc.

8762 Hwy 182

Opelousas, La.

 

LAKE CHARLES AREA

 SWLA Center for Health Services

2000 Opelousas St.

Lake Charles, La.

 

ALEXANDRIA AREA

 Sicily Island Medical Center

307 Chisum and Hwy 15

Sicily Island, La.

 Wisner Medical Center

101 Watson St.

Wisner, La.

 Concordia Community Center

E.E. Wallace Blvd.

Ferriday, La.

 

SHREVEPORT AREA

 David Raines Community Health Center

1514 Doctor’s Dr.

Bossier City

 David Raines Community Health Center

162 David Raines Rd.

Shreveport, La.

 David Raines Community Health Center

12763 Lay St.

Gilliam, La.

 David Raines Community Health Center at Haynesville

1953 East Main St.

Haynesville, La.