Health Promotion Council, a nonprofit corporation, was founded in 1981 to implement community-based hypertension education and control programs. Originally known as the Southeastern Pennsylvania Blood Pressure Control Project, the organization was part of a nationwide hypertension control effort organized by the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute (NHLBI). When NHLBI's disease control efforts broadened to include cholesterol and tobacco control, the organization updated its name and expanded its public health work accordingly.
Today, Health Promotion Council possesses more than 30 years of experience in chronic disease prevention and management, including asthma, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, and obesity. We reach more than 40,000 low-income people across Pennsylvania each year through programs targeting the reduction of health disparities, particularly among low-income and racial/ethnic minority populations.
Our work focuses on improving health outcomes among vulnerable populations. As such, our core values include:
- Being responsive and sensitive to diverse cultures, as well as addressing gender-based health needs;
- Focusing on community health outcomes;
- Assisting lower-literacy individuals; and
- Using a collaborative approach to tackle the wide variety of health needs, issues, and disparities that affect vulnerable populations.