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

ACPM is funding demonstration projects across five diverse clinical settings focusing on improving care for African-American patients. Now we want to open the conversation more broadly with a Learning Collaborative to discuss and share ways to reduce the incidence of hypertension and improve patient identification, referral and treatment.

About the Learning Collaborative 

The goal of the Learning Collaborative is to explore strategies for clinics and communities to improve 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
  • Engaging specific patient populations 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

What to Expect

Participants can anticipate leaving collaborative sessions with new ideas to improve their practice and patient outcomes. Through an 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.

The inaugural session of the ACPM Reducing Hypertension among African-Americans Learning Collaborative will feature a conversation with Dr. Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA, FNLA, Gerald S. Berenson Endowed Chair in Preventive Cardiology and Professor of Medicine, Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.  

In this session, Dr. Ferdinand will draw on his long history of clinical service to outline the most important lessons he has learned in the treatment of hypertension in the African American community. What bold, upstream actions to reduce the burden of hypertension among African-Americans will empower us to create blue zones here in the United States, and what changes to the modern standards of care will we need to make to advance on these goals? 

Dr. Ferdinand is one of the foremost experts in the field of cardiology and heart health, having served in roles such as past Chief Science Officer and Board Chair of the Association of Black Cardiologists; past Chair of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and his current position is the Principal Investigator of the Healthy Heart Community Prevention Project. 

Register for this special opportunity to discuss with Dr. Ferdinand his recommendations for primary care providers and planners in this Learning Collaborative.