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Reducing Hypertension Among Priority Populations

ACPM partners with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention to support providers, health care systems, and communities to address factors associated with uncontrolled hypertension in African-American males ages 45-64 and develop and implement interventions.

Project Details

ACPM is collaborating with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention to prevent, detect, and control hypertension among African-American men ages 45-64.

During the 5-year project, ACPM will build upon its successful partnerships with CDC WISEWOMAN providers, Federally Qualified Heath Centers (FQHCs) and integrated health systems, and community based organizations, and evidence-based self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) with clinical support programs to identify and address factors and barriers associated with uncontrolled hypertension in African-American males ages 45-64. ACPM will identify, and formalize hypertension control and medication adherence interventions, improve clinical-community linkages, develop quality improvement processes with clinical, operational, and Health IT performance measures and a resource to implement processes and strategies.

To meet project goals, ACPM will fund demonstration projects within diverse clinical settings in states with the highest rates of hypertension among African-American males ages 45-64, as well as educate providers on hypertension prevention, detection, and control for African-American males by developing educational content and materials, and widely disseminating information.

Demonstration Projects

Through a competitive request for proposal process, ACPM will fund 4 to 6 demonstration projects within diverse clinical settings including FQHC’s and integrated health systems in states with the highest rates of hypertension among African-American males ages 45-64. Funded demonstration project sites will implement protocols for identifying patients with hypertension or at high-risk for hypertension and implement processes using Health Information Technology (Health IT) to increase the screening and testing of patients to prevent, detect, and control hypertension, as well as refer patients to evidence-based self-monitored blood pressure (SMBP) with clinical support programs.

Reducing Hypertension with heart stethescope design
ACPM Announces Grant Winners Seeking to Combat Hypertension
Release – April 23, 2019

ACPM has awarded six institutions grants to develop innovative practice-setting models for addressing hypertension in African-American males ages 35-64. Created in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, this grant program will promote and document ways to reduce the incidence of hypertension, and improve the standard of care for hypertensive patient identification, referral and treatment.

Project Faculty

Dr. Ayanna Buckner
Ayanna Buckner, MD, MPH, FACPM

Dr. Ayanna Buckner has committed her career to addressing the needs of underserved communities. She is the principal of Community Health Cooperative, a consulting firm that assists organizations with program design, implementation, evaluation, and other activities associated with community-based health programming. She is also an outpatient primary care provider in Atlanta’s safety net health system.

Dr. Buckner engages in professional and volunteer activities that address health disparities on the local, regional, and national levels. She served as an Expert Faculty Member for the ACPM WISEWOMAN Grant Project, a 3-year project to develop lifestyle medicine curriculum courses and educational materials designed specifically for the needs of providers in CDC’s Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) program. She is a member of the Vascular Health Advisory Committee of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, as well as chair of the Association’s Metro-Atlanta Health Equity Committee.

Dr. Buckner previously served as chair of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program Coordinating Committee, which coordinated a 5-year, $105 million initiative developed as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement and designed to strengthen primary and behavioral healthcare services in oil spill-impacted communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. A former fulltime faculty member at Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Buckner served as Associate Director of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, leader of the Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine’s Undergraduate Medical Education Unit, and director of Morehouse’s yearlong Community Health Course for first year medical students. She also served as director of the Regional Coordinating Center for Hurricane Response at Morehouse School of Medicine, through which she managed multi-state projects to assist with rebuilding the health systems in the Gulf Region after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Dr. Buckner received a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College. She completed a combined residency program in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Griffin Hospital, during which time she received a Master’s Degree in public health, with an emphasis in Health Management, from Yale University. Dr. Buckner is a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and was a Marshall Memorial Fellow. She is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2016 and received the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2014. Dr. Buckner serves on the American Journal of Preventive Medicine Board of Governors, and she previously served on the board of GreenLaw and the Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA. Dr. Buckner maintains adjunct faculty appointments at Morehouse School of Medicine, the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr. Stacey L. Schott
Stacey L. Schott, MD

Dr. Stacey L. Schott is a current cardiovascular disease fellow, leadership preventive medicine resident and instructor of medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. Stacey also serves as the Vice President of Communications for the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)-Resident Physician Section and will be an ACPM faculty mentor to the CDC’s National Hypertension Project. In addition to her fellowship, Stacey is completing her Master of Public Health degree at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI), Hanover, NH.

Prior to her fellowship at Dartmouth Hitchcock, Stacey completed internal medicine residency and served as Assistant Chief of Service at Johns Hopkins-Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD. She completed a Patient Safety and Quality Improvement fellowship at Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute, Baltimore, MD and serves on the Dartmouth Hitchcock Health System Quality Committee. She leads a communication improvement workgroup for cardiology inpatients at DHMC.

Her research interests include audio-visual healthcare communications and shared decision making. She is currently collaborating with TDI’s Open Recordings research group on the clinical trial ‘Heart Sounds’, which provides audio recorded discharge instructions to cardiovascular disease patients and with the ‘Shared Cardiology’ research team on EHR-integrated decision aids for atrial fibrillation. Her clinical interests include preventive cardiology and the application of art in medicine.

Dr. Prentiss Taylor Jr.
Prentiss Taylor Jr., MD

Dr. Prentiss Taylor Jr. has more than 20 years of experience in preventive medicine, medical management, e-health, quality improvement, and health care leadership.

Prentiss is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, the Kellogg Business School and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Prentiss is board-certified in internal medicine, preventive medicine, and occupational health. He also is a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine. He has been chosen as a Top Doctor by Chicago Magazine plus US News, multiple times, including in 2018.

Prentiss worked the past 10 years on the South Side of Chicago with a predominantly African-American population. He and his team are very proud that not one patient they managed went on to need dialysis.

He also serves part-time as Chief Medical Editor for Oakstone Continuing Medical Education, promoting evidence-based practice guidelines, providing expertise on Hypertension control and other internal medicine/ preventive medicine subjects. Recently reviewed JAMA articles on Hypertension for Oakstone as well as a patient resource guide from the Association of Black Cardiologists.

He currently serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Doctor On Demand, a leading national telemedicine company. He is the leader of their national Hypertension Care Team. They have an innovative new partnership with a unit of BlueCross BlueShield, leveraging current AHA/ACC Guidelines for home self-monitoring of BP with telemedicine follow-up by their medical home care team between PCP visits. Their team is collaborating with the CDC Million Hearts Campaign, as well.

Prentiss has published several articles and book reviews in national journals on primary care, electronic medical records, QI, patient satisfaction, and cost-effectiveness. He has most recently been Medical Director at the Advocate At Work corporate health program at Advocate Aurora Health Care, the largest health system in the Midwest. He has in that role been the lead physician in Chicago for JPMorgan Chase's national Health and Wellness Centers, working closely with their corporate HQ in New York. He is extensively experienced with population health, chronic illness management, Health Risk Assessment tools, NCQA, urgent care, and corporate employee health issues.

He was awarded the Unsung Hero Award by WGN-TV for his volunteer work at a free clinic. Prentiss has volunteered as guest lecturer for the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple Seven program, has spoken to church groups, and has appeared on local radio stations in support of Hypertension Awareness and Control. He and his family are based in Metro Chicago.

Related Resources

Reducing Hypertension Technical Assistance Form 

This technical assistance form is only applicable for the organizations that applied to the above request for proposal. Complete the form by May 1, 2019. If you have any questions about this form email grants@acpm.org



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