May 15, 2019

Philadelphia Public Health Grand Rounds: Hypertension Prevention and Control


Topic: Hypertension Prevention and Control

Philadelphia’s 2017 Health of the City report showed that rates of hypertension (high blood pressure) have risen over the past decade.  About 38% of adults in Philadelphia have hypertension; among Black adults, the rate is almost 50%.  Diets high in sodium (salt) may contribute to the increased rates of hypertension among certain populations.  Legislation was recently passed requiring chain restaurants in Philadelphia to place warning labels next to menu items containing at least 2300 milligrams of sodium (about a teaspoon of salt).  This Public Health Grand Rounds will explore measures to prevent and control hypertension in Philadelphia, including reducing dietary sodium, improving hypertension treatment, and working with community groups to increase awareness of this health issue.   


Cheryl Bettigole, MD
Division Director for Chronic Disease Prevention, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Jordana Cohen, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Hannah Lawman, PhD
Director of Research and Evaluation, Get Healthy Philly, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Jesse Goldman, MD
Director, Drexel Comprehensive Hypertension Center

This event is presented by The Section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia in coordination with Philadelphia Department of Public Health with funding support from the Independence Foundation.

The Mütter Museum will not be open during this event.
Light refreshments created by Catering By Design provided after the lecture.

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