About 600,000 people in the United States die of heart disease every year—that’s one in every four deaths. With a new grant from Kaiser Permanente, Redwood Community Health Coalition Coalition (RCHC) is part of an expanded two-year effort to help prevent heart attacks and strokes among people who are at greatest risk. Cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes, is the leading cause of death in our community.  Kaiser Permanente developed the Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes Everyday (PHASE) program in 2002, and since implementation, the organization has reduced incidence of heart attacks and strokes among its members by more than 60%.  PHASE combines a fixed-dose medication regimen with lifestyle changes. Targeted patients for this initiative include patients over 55 years of age with one of the diagnoses at risk for heart attack and stroke; coronary artery disease, diabetes, stroke/transient ischemic attack, peripheral arterial disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm.  Successfully implementing the program requires team-based care, with coordination between pharmacies and direct care providers, along with reliable patient data management.

The PHASE program at RCHC expanded in 2015 to include a total of 8 community health centers in Yolo, Marin and Sonoma counties including Alliance Medical Center, Coastal Health Alliance, CommuniCare Health Centers, Marin Community Clinics, Petaluma Health Center, Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, Sonoma County Indian Health Project, Inc., and West County Health Centers, Inc.  This two-year project will focus on reducing heart attacks and strokes through a population health management approach.  The project is supported by Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact RCHC’s Population Health Coordinator, Michelle Rosaschi, at mrosaschi@rchc.net.

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