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 six 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.