SASH Press Release – April 2016

Connection Between Housing and Hypertension Control Detailed at VT Geriatrics Conference

South Burlington, VT—SASH(Support And Services at Home), a model enabling adults to age in place through service-enriched housing, announced that a partnership of clinical and community health researchers presented “Hypertension Management: Housing as a Platform for Change,” as a panel discussion at the Vermont Geriatrics Conference on April 13th, 2016. The Conference, sponsored by The Vermont Area Health Education Centers Network, was held at The Essex, in Essex, VT.

Panel participants; Virginia L. Hood, MD (University of Vermont Medical Center); Kristi Poehlmann, RN; Eric Chang, MD, SASH Medical Fellow; and Nicole Lukas, Director of Health Systems at Vermont Department of Health; shared findings from data collected from participants in the SASH model through the past four years, as well as recent findings on blood pressure control targets. SASH, a program pioneered by Cathedral Square, is a statewide care management model that lets seniors age safely and healthfully at home through a collaboration that brings together social service agencies, healthcare providers and nonprofit housing organizations. The model has been shown to improve health outcomes for participants, including better control of hypertension.

“The most recent data collected from SASH participants show a direct relationship between a service-enriched living environment and better control of hypertension,” said Dr. Chang. “Control of hypertension is critically important in the population of low-income seniors served by SASH – if hypertension is uncontrolled, the likelihood of a stroke is higher. People who suffer strokes often have a disability that makes it difficult to live independently.”

Poehlmann added, “Our model uses on-site care coordinators to target individuals with diagnosed hypertension and a systolic blood pressure greater than 140. SASH offers evidence-based, lifestyle change programs in affordable housing communities, working in collaboration with primary care providers and wellness nurses. A Centers for Disease Control-sponsored study shows the model not only improves control of hypertension and other health outcomes, but significantly reduces growth in Medicare spending.”

About SASH
The SASH (Support And Services at Home) model is administered statewide as part of Vermont’s Blueprint for Health. SASH is a care management model harnessing the combined strength of social service agencies, community health providers and non-profit housing organizations to support more than 5,000 Vermonters in aging safely and healthfully at home.


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