An interprofessional model of care supporting the million hearts initiative
Background: Evaluation of Pierce County and Washington state death rates found that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death. We hope to improve patient outcomes by promoting educational programs and developing an interprofessional health care team. Objective: We aim to develop, implement, and evaluate a cardiovascular disease risk reduction program in a community clinic setting. The goals include: To 1)promote strategies aimed at reducing the risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, 2)educate on healthy living choices, and 3)increase accessibility to health care services with a focus on low-income patients. Methods: The project used a multi-tiered approach based on the patients' level of need and severity of disease. The first tier involved developing health fairs around the Pierce County neighborhoods to promote accessibility to health care. Educational materials and health screenings were offered to promote health awareness. The 2nd tier consisted of student led educational seminars in cardiovascular related issues such as diabetes management and nutrition. These were open to the public and focused on cardiovascular education and understanding risk factors. The 3rd tier was reserved for patients at highest risk of cardiovascular disease. Patients were assigned one student and preceptor to meet periodically throughout the year to re-evaluate therapeutic goals and adherence. Services included patient education, medication use, adoption of healthy lifestyle habits, and development of a patient-centered action plan. Changes in blood pressure, A1C, lipid levels, medication adherence, and follow-up exam results were tracked. Data and findings will be presented during the final presentation.
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Describe the steps necessary to successfully develop a patient-focused service at a community clinic, supporting the goals of the Million Hearts Initiative.
Identify strategies for successfully implementing, evaluating, and sustaining services that support healthy lifestyle choices, e.g. nutrition, excercise, tobacco cessation, and also medication adherence.
Keyword(s): Heart Disease, Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I worked to develop the project and submit the grant. Also worked directly with preceptors and students to lead, develop, and organize all events associated with this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed
in my presentation.