Online Program

An emerging public health and primary care strategy for hypertension management

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Allison Goldstein, MPH, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Million Hearts is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, with the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. To help achieve this goal, Million Hearts aims to increase by 10 million the number of persons in the United States whose blood pressure is under control. Self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP) is one strategy for managing hypertension, a condition that now affects one in three American adults. This is a critical time for public health and primary care to promote tools that strengthen a system of care for treatment of chronic disease. In July 2012, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a comparative effectiveness review that found strong evidence that SMBP plus additional clinical support is more effective than usual care in lowering blood pressure among patients with hypertension. Based on AHRQ's review, CDC staff collaborated with partners and stakeholders to develop Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring: Action Steps for Public Health Practitioners (SMBP Action Steps). SMBP Action Steps provides information, guidance, and resources to increase access to and improve the quality of care for patients with hypertension. This presentation will provide an overview of SMBP Action Steps and highlight strategies and examples that public health practitioners can use to work with payers, purchasers, providers, and the public to promote coverage for and uptake of SMBP plus additional clinical support interventions.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Basic medical science applied in public health
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Define Self-Measured Blood Pressure monitoring and additional clinical support. Discuss home blood pressure monitors and additional clinical support interventions. List ways to promote SMBP plus additional clinical support interventions with various stakeholders. Explain how SMBP plus additional clinical support can help Million Hearts achieve its goals.

Keyword(s): Hypertension, Self-Management

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have extensively reviewed the literature on self-measured blood pressure monitoring and have been the principal or co-author of multiple CDC/Million Hearts tools on self-measured blood pressure monitoring and hypertension management for public health practitioners, employers and clinicians. Among my scientific interests has been the promotion of strategies to control blood pressure in hypertensive adults.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.