The Big Squeeze initiative is a grass-roots project that doubled in size from 2011 to2012. This month-long initiative focuses on performing blood pressure screenings and delivering education to Sioux Falls residents. A group of eight partners from the Sioux Falls community drove the efforts to a successful Big Squeeze 2012. The goal of 5,000 screenings was exceeded to a total of 5,280 total screenings performed.
With the Big Squeeze initiative, it is known that high blood pressure is a silent killer that
affects one in three adults. It leads to stroke, heart attacks, and even death. Clinical preventive
services, such as routine disease screenings, are key to reducing death and disability and
improving the nation’s health. These services both prevent and detect illnesses and diseases at
more treatable stages.
Jill Franken, Public Health Director said, “We are so pleased to have exceeded the 2012
goal. It could not have been done without the committed partners involved with the Big Squeeze
including existing partners American Heart Association, Avera Health, DAKOTACARE, Lewis
Drug, Novartis, Parish Nurse Association, Sanford Health, and many others, as well as our new
partners, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and Walgreens. Support was also received from local college
students from Globe University and South Dakota State University-College of Pharmacy.”
This collaborative effort helps residents learn the risks of high blood pressure, to know
their numbers, and to take action if necessary.
Globe University Medical Assistant students helped partake in this event as part of their service learning projects during Spring Quarter 2012.