Dr. Cheryl Dye is a professor in Clemson University's Department of Public Health Sciences as well as the Director of Clemson's Institute for Engaged Aging.

Dr. Cheryl Dye is professor emerita in Clemson University’s Department of Public Health Sciences as well as the Director of Clemson’s Institute for Engaged Aging.
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The Administration on Aging, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), has designated a hypertension control program developed by Clemson University faculty as an evidence-based program. The program, Health Coaches for Hypertension Control (HCHC), provides assistance to older adults with hypertension and helps lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.

This designation will enable organizations serving older adults which implement HCHC, such as Area Agencies on Aging, to be reimbursed through Older Americans Act Title III-D funding.

“Having your work designated as an evidence-based program by a division of the DHHS is an exciting achievement for faculty who develop public health interventions,” said Cheryl Dye, professor emerita of public health sciences and director of the Clemson University Institute for Engaged Aging. “An evidence-based designation will advance dissemination of our intervention by organizations who can now receive funding to implement the program.”

Joel Williams

Joel Williams serves as associate professor and director of graduate studies in Clemson’s public health sciences department.
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HCHC was developed by Dye, Joel Williams, Ph.D.,  and Janet Evatt, who are faculty associates with the Clemson University Institute for Engaged Aging. Since this program was first implemented in 2010, data collected from 331 program participants in rural Oconee County, South Carolina, revealed that HCHC was effective in improving participant self-management of hypertension.

“With this particular intervention, we are excited about helping older adults better manage their hypertension, which is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” Dye said.

Dye will train master trainers who will then train community members to be HCHC educators. Those interested in becoming a master trainer should contact Dye at tcheryl@clemson.edu.