Hypertension is a critical public health problem and unmanaged hypertension is a strong predictor for acute cardiovascular complications such as heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and heart failure. Every year nearly $45 billion is spent in direct and indirect medical expenses associated with unmanaged hypertension. Research indicates that preventing hypertension would significantly reduce the number of hospitalizations due to cardiovascular disease.

Hypertension prevention and treatment faces numerous barriers, many centered on social determinants of health. African-American men, in particular, face a higher incidence of developing hypertension and frequently have fewer public health resources available to help them manage and prevent the disease.

Innovative Programs for African-American Men

In response to this challenge, ACPM is collaborating with Centers for Disease Control (CDC)to prevent, detect and control hypertension among African-American men ages 45-64. With support from the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, a part of the CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, ACPM is funding demonstration projects across five diverse clinical settings with majority African-American patients. The results and lessons learned from these practice-leading projects will be used to educate providers across the country on hypertension prevention, detection and control for key at-risk populations.

Through our hypertension initiatives, ACPM aims to elevate the national standard of care and break down barriers to promote effective prevention and management of hypertension.

Hypertension Learning Collaborative

The goal of the Learning Collaborative is to explore strategies for clinics and communities to prevent high blood pressure among African American adults.  The Collaborative is a forum for sharing promising practices, innovative ideas and lessons learned in four areas: 

  • Screening, testing, and referral of individuals with or at risk for hypertension
  • Engage this specific patient population in lifestyle education and self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP)
  • Addressing social needs and determinants of health that are barriers to controlling blood pressure
  • Using data to track, report, and improve outcomes

Participants can anticipate leaving collaborative sessions with new ideas to improve their practice and patient outcomes. Through the online repository of slides and handouts, we’ll create a record of successful strategies with real-world track records that are available to others engaged in hypertension management and prevention.
Sessions occur on a quarterly basis and are conducted through webinar, offering two brief presentations and an opportunity for questions.  Participants may opt to share their contact information with others for off-line follow-up.

If you would like to participate, please send a request to ACPM Program Assistant, Stephanie Madrigal at smadrigal@acpm.org and you will be added to the mailing list.