In partnership with YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Indiana Alliance of YMCAs is leading a project to convene local YMCAs and multi-sector organizations to advance community integrated health and to build collaborative relationships and ecosystems that increase our communities’ abilities to address hypertension.

Through this project, alliances and select local YMCAs are working to increase the relationships and upstream factors* required to be successful in delivering the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program. The goals of this project are to:

  1. Strengthen state or community infrastructure and collaborations to decrease rates of hypertension
  2. Increase the capacity of the local YMCA partners to deliver, expand and sustain blood pressure self-monitoring programs

Local YMCAs participating in the project are:

  • Decatur County Family YMCA
  • Kosciusko Community YMCA
  • YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne
  • YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
  • YMCA of La Porte County

*Upstream factors refers to those factors that affect uncontrolled hypertension rates; examples include awareness rates of uncontrolled hypertension, presence of and access to existing services and providers of hypertension management programs, capacity of community-based organizations such as local YMCAs to provide and sustain the BPSM Program, opportunities for partnership and collaboration to increase impact of efforts and improve blood pressure outcomes, etc.