Hypertension & Wellness Sunday

This signature EHI event, named in honor of its co-founder Dr. Frank E. Staggers Sr., started more than 25 years ago in celebration of National Heart Health Awareness and Black History month. Now a collaboration between EHI’s Health Ministry Network and Samuel Merritt University, we aim to educate communities of color about the risks of high blood pressure and help them learn whether they are showing signs of hypertension — often called the “silent killer” because people can have it for years without symptoms — which can lead to serious health problems like heart attack and stroke. Over the years, thousands of congregants and community members in the Bay Area and beyond have been screened, educated, and empowered.

Hypertension Sunday 2024

Hypertension Sun(days) 2024 will take place on Fri, Feb 16, and Sun, Feb 18 and 25. Sign up to volunteer at Hypertension Sunday here.  Questions? Contact ehi@samuelmerritt.edu.

View a video about Hypertension Sunday here.

Hypertension Sunday Resources

Our Hypertension Sunday Toolkit

Learn about how to take your blood pressure here.
Sign up for Alameda County’s Food Bank Care Messages, a free health education program that sends tips by text.  High blood pressure is one of the eight options.

Download the 2024 Hypertension Sunday flyer

Learn about how to take your blood pressure here (3:15) or here (2:49).

Join the Get Down With Your Blood Pressure Dance Movement here (:36) or here (1:00).

7 Tips for an Accurate Blood Pressure Reading

Friday, 2/16, Oakland

Lighthouse Mosque: 2-3:30pm

Sunday, 2/18, Hayward

Glad Tidings COGIC: 12:30-2pm

Sunday, 2/18, Oakland

Allen Temple Baptist Church: 10:30-1:30pm

Downs United Methodist Church: 12-1pm

East Bay Church of Religious Science: 11am-2pm

St. Columba Catholic Church: 9am-1pm

Sunday, 2/18, San Francisco

Jones Memorial United Methodist Church: 11:45-2pm

Sunday, 2/25, Bay Point

First AME Community Church: 12:30-2:30pm

Sunday, 2/25, Berkeley

St. Paul AME: 11:30-1:30

Sunday, 2/25, Oakland

Center of Hope Community Church: 8:30am -12pm

FAME Oakland @ North Oakland Baptist Church:  10:30-2pm

Parks Chapel AME Church: 11:30am-12:45pm

St. Benedict: 12-1:30pm


Sunday, 2/25, Sacramento

Shiloh Baptist Church: 11 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. 

First Baptist Tabernacle Church: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.