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Introduction: The health of homeless populations is at risk due to a high prevalence of undiagnosed hypertension (HTN) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The interaction of housing and socioeconomic status with the risk factors for HTN and CVD remains unclear. Prevention of HTN through a healthy diet, exercise, adequate sleep, and avoidance of tobacco has been well described, but financial limitations and competing priorities for shelter and food make blood pressure (BP) control difficult for this population. By characterizing the risk factors and awareness of hypertension within the homeless population at the Committee on Temporary Shelter Daystation (COTS) in Burlington, Vermont, we may be able to identify promising avenues for therapeutic intervention.


Virginia Hood, MBBS, MPH, University of Vermont College of Medicine

Tim Coleman, Committee on Temporary Shelter


Committee on Temporary Shelter


Access to Health Services, Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being, Heart Disease and Stroke, Diabetes, Nutrition and Weight Status, Physical Activity

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Characterization of Hypertension Risk Factors at the Committee on Temporary Shelter