Online Program

Improving Hypertension Control through Public Health and Primary Care Collaboration

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Cherylee Sherry, MPH, CHES, Office of Statewide Health Improvment Initiaitives, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN
Mary Mehelich, RN, MPH, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN
Sarah Nelson, MD, Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Community Health Board, Duluth, MN
The partners of the Million Hearts Learning Collaborative included the Minnesota Department of Health, Healthy Northland and 4 primary clinics. The collaborative worked in four Northeastern Minnesota clinics to improve best practices around hypertension care. Collaborative partners learned to: 1. use aggregated NQF 0018 - controlling High Blood Pressure data to improve population health outcomes by providing feedback to providers. We will share the aggregated pre-post data results; 2. make changes to clinic flow policies and procedures to improve diagnosing and treatment of hypertension. We will share successful policy changes; 3. activate patients in self-management through non-physician team members including health coaches. We will describe the health coach role and non-physician providers types that can be in this role such as health education specialists, community health workers, community paramedics and community pharmacists; and 4. use home blood pressure monitoring program. Each clinic received home blood pressure monitors to lend out throughout this program. We will review the procedures, protocols and best practices developed by the clinics. Finally will will describe the role of each of the clinical-community partners which included a state health department, a local public health agency and primary care clinics.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the public health and primary care partnership as a means to accelerate clinical attention on addressing hypertension using the NQF 0018 results and other resources; Understand the benefits of practice facilitation in making clinical quality improvement changes; Understand the role of a non-physician health coach and other team members such as CHWs, Community Paramedics, and Community Pharmacists in hypertension control; Comprehend the importance of home blood pressure monitoring as a patient self-management tool

Keyword(s): Health Care Delivery, Performance Measurement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Cherylee brings over 30 years of program development leadership experience in community health and health care to the Minnesota Department of Health. As the Community Health Systems Coordinator, she works on numerous community-clinical linkage projects and CDC grants. Cherylee completed her MPH at NYU and BS in community health education at UW-Lacrosse. Cherylee is the Treasurer for the SOPHE and is co-chair of the Minnesota Public Health Association’s Leadership Committee.
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.