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Elevated Blood Pressure Among African-Americans

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Airhihenbuwa (2004) asserts that an individual's identity is shaped not simply by his/her individual characteristics (e.g., race, gender, or ethnicity) but by his/her social cultural context, which may include one's family/extended family and/or neighborhood/community. This context should be taken into account in efforts to determine the most appropriate point of entry for a health education intervention. Interventions could thus potentially be directed at three levels:

1. The Individual

2. The Family or Extended Family

3. The Neighborhood or Community

Based upon what you have learned about ( incidence of elevated blood pressure in African Americans) , what would be the most appropriate point of entry and methods for an intervention designed to address the health problem that you have identified? Please support your responses with evidence from the scholarly sources . Attached you will find some information to support this.

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Due to the fact that with the exception of genetic factors, the high rate of elevated blood pressure among African-Americans can be based primarily on the decisions made by the individual, so I believe that the most appropriate point of entry for health education intervention, would be to the individual by the use of pamphlets and other material explaining the dangers of high blood pressure, and lifestyle changes that can be used to help prevent it. This information is to be distributed in the areas frequented by individuals in the community. One of the best places to distribute this information is at grocery stores, where individuals make selections as to the things that they will purchase ...

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