Take the Pressure Off, NYC! (TPO NYC!) is New York City’s first comprehensive, population-wide initiative focusing on preventing and controlling high blood pressure. The initiative aims to reduce the number of New Yorkers with raised blood pressure by 150,000 by 2022 and reduce health inequities. This initiative is led by a coalition of faith- and community-based organizations, employers, health care systems, pharmacies, organized labor, health insurance payers, government agencies and other stakeholders.
The TPO NYC! Inaugural Plan (PDF) outlines recommendations for action in three key areas: awareness, treatment and creation of heart-healthy communities.
The Health Department supports TPO NYC! by:
To join the coalition or for more information, email Bloodpressure@health.nyc.gov.
The two awareness activity groups work with diverse sectors to amplify the reach of life-saving information. They also work to increase access to and awareness of free blood pressure checks in community settings.
This group aims to reduce sodium and sugar intake in local communities by promoting healthy food purchasing and procurement.
The Treatment Adherence Activity Group works to improve self-monitoring and accurate measuring of blood pressure across multiple sectors.
Monitoring and Metrics
The Monitoring and Metrics Group supports the development of population metrics and advises on activity-specific metrics to monitor the Coalition’s impact.
Strategic Payer Initiative
The Strategic Payer Initiative aims to improve and align health insurance coverage of key benefits for high blood pressure control. This includes supporting medication formulary enhancements, automated blood pressure monitors and health behavior modification services.
In 2017, the first-ever Citywide High Blood Pressure Coalition was convened, bringing more than 100 stakeholders together. This summit marked a first step in developing a citywide plan to address high blood pressure.
In 2018, the coalition held its second annual summit, where it announced the TPO NYC! initiative. The theme for the summit was Creating the Solution Together: Addressing High Blood Pressure in NYC.